Virtuoso piano, delectable duets and international-class vocal performances are the order of the evening for the latest instalment of the Music on the Menu series.
Piano whizz and bel canto vocalist Simeon Panov is the star of the show and will appear with the talented Glen Inanga at the concert, which takes place at Luca on Thursday, 24 January.
“I’ve being studying piano since I was 6,” Simeon tells us.
“I graduated in the National Music Academy in Sofia as a piano performer in 2004. Since then, I have already won some international piano competition laureate prizes, like Seiler, Konzerteum, Boukoff, etc.
“I’ve played solo recitals across Europe and Middle East, as well as being a soloist in symphony orchestras.”
Indeed, from Bel Canto to Gershwin, Simon has entertained audiences at festivals in Switzerland and throughout his native Bulgaria. As well as being an incredibly accomplished pianist, he’s also an awesome singer.
“I started singing around my 22nd birthday, in the class of my favourite singers – the tenor Rumen Doykov, a Bulgarian leading tenor, even now, at his age of 60.
“I decided to dedicate myself to teaching, since I feel the need of passing my knowledge and experience to the young musicians. Right now I am a teacher in Cayman Music School,” he says.
The evening comprises Simeon singing with piano accompaniment from Inanga, solo performances plus piano duets with the two performers.
“It will be a highly entertaining and varied programme (for pianophiles in particular) with two resident concert pianists performing together for the first time,” Glen says.
“The funds raised go directly towards the development Cayman Youth Choir, which continues to be active throughout the season. Their last concert in December with guest Ronald Corp at Camana Bay was hugely successful.”