The Blagoeva-Massicotte Duo is an ensemble whose mission is to bring the different musics of Bulgaria and America to a wider audience. Performing masterpieces of the traditional and classical repertoire, as well as new music by contemporary composers, the ensemble aims to facilitate the interchange of culture and ideas between Bulgaria and America through music, travelling between the two countries and around the globe giving concerts and workshops.The two musicians bring their individually diverse backgrounds, education, and experiences to the duo, which is comprised of flute and piano.
Hristina Blagoeva is a New York based flutist and educator. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Spectrum, The Players Theater, Suffolk Community College, le Poison Rouge, Long Island Conservatory of Music in NYC and Queens Park Theater, Western Australia. In her native Bulgaria, she was a winner of the German/Austrian Chamber Music Competition, The Earth and People Music Competition, and the Young Virtuosi National Music School Competition as well as the First European Meeting Competition in Pachino, Italy.
In the USA, Hristina won the Louisiana State University and the Mississippi Jackson Concerto Competitions in 2005-2007. In 2015 she was a second prize winner of the Gershwin International Music Competition (NYC), and a semi-finalist of the Concert Artist Guild Music Competition (NYC) and the Astral Music Competition in Philadelphia, PA.
Hristina has collaborated with ThingNY, Les Amies Trio and is the co- founder of the Iktus Duo. The Duo has toured in Universities and festivals in Louisiana, Texas, Maryland, New Jersey and Harvard University in Massachusetts. Hristina is also a co-founder of Spectrum Trio which just performed at New Music for Strings, Aarhus, Denmark, Mise-en StudioMs. Blagoeva has performed with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Festival Hill Symphony, Natchez Festival Opera Orchestra, Opera Vista Company and the Long Island Choral Society Orchestra. In 2013, Ms. Blagoeva was an Artist in Residence at the Central Greenough Artist in Residence Program, Geraldon, Australia, where she led masterclasses and recitals.
In 2016, Hristina performed at the New York Flute Fair, Suffolk Community College, Jack (NYC) and Bates College, Maine as well as the National Flute Association Convention in San Diego, CA.
Hristina is on the faculty of the Long Island Conservatory of Music, Sound Beach Music and Amadeus Music School. Ms. Blagoeva is currently a Doctor of Music Arts Candidate at Stony Brook University.
Pianist Miles Massicotte has been hailed as a “truly extraordinary” artist showing “a dazzling display of pianistic prowess” (The News-Times). Born in 1990, he began studying piano at the age of 10, and gave his first public performances shortly thereafter. He enjoys a diverse musical career that began in his native Connecticut and has taken him across the United States and abroad, where he has been featured variously as a recitalist, a soloist with orchestras, a chamber musician, as well as a composer and improviser.
Miles was the winner of the 2011 James Furman Memorial Competition, and is additionally the recipient of over 15 scholarships and awards. He has been a featured student in a number of masterclass with renowned pianists such as Peter Frankl, Yves Henry, and Angela Cheng.
As a soloist and guest artist he has been invited to perform in venues such as the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall, Ives Concert Hall, and Infinity Hall, among many others. As a chamber musician he has performed in virtually every conceivable capacity, from duos to large contemporary ensembles, both throughout the United States as well as internationally.
As a young jazz musician, Miles was the recipient of the Louis Armstrong Award. He has gone on to perform on stage alongside jazz greats such as John Scofield, Dave Liebman, and Vic Juris. His original compositions in this genre have been noted for their“suite-like shifts” and their “amazing vibrancy and chordal modalities” (Hartford Courant).
Miles initial musical education came at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, and upon graduating he had twice received the Academy’s “Most Outstanding Classical Instrumentalist” award (2006, 2008). He continued his studies at Western Connecticut State University, where he studied with Russell Hirshfield and Patricia Lutnes, receiving the institution’s “Music Chair” award in his final year (2012). Miles is now pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University, under the tutelage of Gilbert Kalish, where he also works as a teaching assistant. He will perform the Piano Concerto no. 3 of Rachmaninoff there as the winner of Stony Brook's 2016 Concerto Competition.