Join composer-in-residence Dobrinka Tabakova as she chats with festival director Clark Rundell about her life and music.
The in conversation comes ahead of a concert by Ensemble Deva and Chester Festival Chorus in which the Bulgarian-born composer’s work is performed alongside pieces by fellow East Europeans Henryk Gorecki and Arvo Part.
Meanwhile her Through the Cold Smoke can be heard in a recital for piano and violin by Ian Buckle and Sophie Rosa that also features work by Schubert – one of Tabakova’s particular passions.
Fellow composer John Adams has described her work as “extremely original and rare”.
As for Tabakova herself, she has said: “I’m happy when people say that they found the music accessible and challenging at the same time. I enjoy music which moves me, so I hope I can give that back to the musicians and the audience.”