The Invisible Link (2015)

Schnittke, Vasks, Part

Maya Fridman

This album discusses the invisible connection between Alfred Schnittke, P?teris Vasks and Arvo Pärt, and my personal connection with them. It explores three pieces, each written approximately at the end of the 1970s, during the period of the Soviet Union.

History always creates an imprint on the composers’ output. However, apart from a possible historical link between Schnittke, Vasks and Pärt one might imagine, I felt something more than that. In these three pieces, I felt a sense of timelessness and an urge for an ultimate truth, to be explored through a juxtaposition of extreme emotions, and found in the musical representation of silence.


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Maya Fridman

Born on November 7th, 1989 in Moscow, Russia, Maya Fridman is a talented young cellist residing in The Netherlands.

From her early years of playing the cello, Maya was recognized as a prodigy and was taken under the hood of the Foundation of Yuri Bashmet, where she took part in TV and radio programs. While studying at the Moscow State College of Music named after Alfred Schnittke, she was awarded as the First Prize Winner in the International Festival of Slavic Music among many other reputable awards.

In 2010, Maya has been granted admission at the Conservatory of Amsterdam where she studied under Dmity Ferschtman. Here, on the 10th of June, 2016, she successfully finished her Master’s Degree with honours.

During these six years of studying, Maya has participated in several masterclasses and has worked with artists such as David Geringas, Pieter Wispelwey, Gary Hoffman, Frances-Marie Uitti, Anner Bylsma, Ernst Reijseger, and many more.

For the last five years, Maya has been performing regularly in The Netherlands and Germany. Her projects include a successful collaboration with singer- songwriter Jyoti Verhoeff. In December 2013, Jyoti and Maya became finalists of the Grote Prijs van Nederland, where Maya was awarded the Best Musician of 2013 Prize.

She has also accompanied legendary guitar virtuoso Harry Sacksioni on his Jubileum tour and joined bands such as Faun and Cesair as a special guest.

Furthermore, Maya performs together with Aengus Hackett and Mauricio Ramirez under the name of Dinosaur Trio. Dinosaur plays a variety of rock, jazz and improvised music and has toured trough Ireland in the summer of 2014.

In 2015 she released her debut album The Invisible Link which she recorded together with Daniël Kool and released under TRPTK.

Her next album will feature her own arrangement of Prokofiev’s opera The Fiery Angel for cello and piano, on which she worked together with pianist Artem Belogurov. Her arrangement received an acknowledgement during her graduation exam and was nominated for the Amsterdam University of the Arts Graduation Prize 2016 as best work.

Daniel Kool

Dutch pianist Daniël Kool (1986) started playing the piano when he was five years old, and after four years of playing, he won a regional competition. In 1997, he was admitted to the Young Talent department of the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where he studied with Majes Benoist. He finished his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Mila Baslawskaja. Next to this, Daniël participated in different courses in The Netherlands and abroad.

Daniël has won several national and international prizes, and was praised for his refined and clear style of playing. Daniël is a respected and frequently asked soloist and chamber musician, and he is part of several ensembles. He forms a duo with soprano Nora Fisher and with cellist Ketevan Roinishvili with whom he performs regularly.

Daniël frequently performs in The Netherlands and abroad. In 2003, he made his debut in Carnegie Hall, New York. He made tours in the United States, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and The Netherlands with varied programs and performers. Daniël regularly performs in The Netherlands and Europe. Furthermore, he also performed with different orchestras as a soloist.

 

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The Invisible Link (2015)

Schnittke, Vasks, Part

Maya Fridman

Cables: Furutech
Digital Converters: Merging Technologies Horus
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Brendon Heinst
Mastering Room: Dutch & Dutch 8c
Microphones: Sonodore
Producer: Brendon Heinst
Recording Engineer: Brendon Heinst
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano, Op. 129 - Largo
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Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano, Op. 129 - Presto
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Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano, Op. 129 - Largo
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The Book for Solo Cello - Fortissimo
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The Book for Solo Cello - Pianissimo
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Fratres for Cello and Piano
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