Wednesday, July 17  |  6:30PM

Grand Cru Concertos: Sophia Bacelar, cello, Charlie Siem, violin, Mitya Nilov, percussion Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra, Joel Revzen, conductor

A trio of rising classical music stars take the stage in the lovely courtyard of Castello di Amorosa. This showcase concert brings together three gifted young instrumentalists making a splash internationally: Cuban-Chinese-American cellist Sophia Bacelar, British violinist Charlie Siem, and the Belarus-born percussionist Mitya Nilov. Each performs a concerto with the Festival’s Blackburn Academy Orchestra, under Maestro Joel Revzen’s masterly baton.

Mitya Nilov appears as part of the Bouchaine Young Artist Series

Special thanks to Auberge du Soleil

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Performers

Sophia Bacelar
Sophia Bacelar

Cellist Sophia Bacelar is one of classical music’s young rising stars. She was accepted to the Juilliard School at age ten and graduated at sixteen. She has since performed internationally as a soloist and returns to Festival Napa Valley after quickly becoming a festival favorite in 2018.

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Mitya Nilov
Mitya Nilov

One of the most dynamic percussionists of his generation, Mitya Nilov is a winner of the 2018 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. The depth, sincerity, and sensitivity of his distinctive musical voice have empowered him to captivate his audiences worldwide.

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Charlie Siem
Charlie Siem

Charlie Siem is one of today’s foremost young violinists, with such a wide-ranging diversity of cross-cultural appeal as to have played a large part in defining what it means to be a true artist of the twenty-first century.

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Joel Revzen
Joel Revzen

Joel Revzen is an award-winning conductor who leads symphony and opera performances throughout North America and Europe and who recently made his Metropolitan Opera conducting debut, leading performances of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. He has served as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for Classical Tahoe since its founding in 2012.

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Festival Napa Valley Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra
Festival Napa Valley Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra

Musicians from over one hundred different schools and conservatories, from four dozen states and seven countries, competed for entry to the The Festival Napa Valley Blackburn Music Academy. Just one in five aspirants was accepted. Their performances are an integral part of the festival's 13th season.

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Venue

First Republic Bank Stage at Castello di Amorosa

Rising above the hills in the Napa Valley is Castello di Amorosa, which translates to the “castle of love” in Italian.  Castello di Amorosa is an authentically-styled, thirteenth century Tuscan castle winery replete with high walls, five defensive towers, and over 30 acres of estate vineyards.  It was built over a 14-year period by Dario Sattui, a fourth generation winemaker and owner of V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, California. 

First Republic Bank Stage at Castello di Amorosa