Oliver Balabursky– conductor
Johann Strauss II – overture from Die Fledermaus
Sibelius – Finlandia
Mussorgsky – Night on the Bald Mountain
Brahms – Symphony No. 1 in C min
Our spring concert will feature a selection of popular romantic and works under the baton of guest conductor Oliver Balabursky. The first half will include a set of three romantic overtures: Johann Strauss' II overture from “Die Fledermaus” (The Bat), Sibelius' “Finlandia” and Mussorgsky's “Night on the Bald Mountain”. The second half will present Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C min. The two challenging parts of the program are expected to appeal to both our audiences and the musicians. Every season the orchestra performs a major symphonic work. This year we've chosen Brahms' most known work who's also considered a staple of the romantic repertoire.
In his conducting career Oliver Balaburski had an opportunities to become involved in music making in different genres equally, opera, symphonic, chamber and even in the characteristic Silent Movie performances. His broad interest, embracing the challenges and performing with the full artistic capacity of the ensembles. In the past few years he emerge himself in the field of composing and as result he will have a World Premiere of his first major piece, a Musical Narration in 5 parts " Sadie's Door" with the story written by Edward Moll.
Oliver has had many successful concerts and performances with distinguished orchestras and ensembles such as Symphony Orchestra of the Royal College of Music, London- UK, Macedonian Opera and Ballet, Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, , the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Opera of the National Theater in Belgrade, the Nish Symphony Orchestra and the Huronia Symphony Orchestra.
In 2006, seeing the opportunity to go deeper into the secrets of the broader symphonic repertoire, he started his Masters studies in Performance at the University of Toronto, with his mentor and teacher, the eminent conductor, Prof. Raffi Armenian. He also studied with Prof. Dr. Doreen Rao at the University of Toronto, fulfilling the necessity for the philosophical and practical approach to the extensive vocal- instrumental music.
In 2008 Oliver received a degree in Master of Music, Masters in Performance (conducting) . His conducting career started with his first engagement at the Macedonian Opera and Ballet mentored by the distinguish conductor Vancho Chavdarski. In 1999 he was awarded with the Norman Del Mar Junior Fellowship in Conducting at the Royal College of Music in London, UK, specializing in symphonic repertoire and studying with the distinguished conductor and Professor John Carewe. He has had the honour to actively participate in Master Classes with Sir Roger Norrington and Michael Tilson Thomas and with one of the greatest Bach authorities, Helmuth Rilling.
1995 Oliver graduated conducting at the University of "Sts Cyril and Methodius" in the class of Fimcho Muratovski and supported and mentored by maestro Vanco Cavdarski he began his successful conducting career. After Oliver's return from UK, he was appointed as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Opera of the Macedonian National Theater, where he managed to significantly increase the budget, enlarge the repertoire and promote the Macedonian Opera House. Until 2004 he was the Principal Conductor at the same Opera Company.
He is the recipient of many awards and recognitions such as: