Tatiana R. Mann and Friends

September 26th | 7:00pm | New Deal Salon

2003 S. Louisiana St., Little Rock

THE EXTRAORDINARY Tatiana Roitman Mann and Friends return to the ACANSA Festival with Friends to share an exquisite evening of music. Tatiana R. Mann and Friends promise unusual repertoire in an intimate setting. Dr. Mann, Pianist, will be joined by Ivan Stefanovic, Violinist, who is known for his tender phrasing and considerable technical flair. Tatiana’s virtuosity, described by the BBC as “formidable…both accurate and with rarely seen joy,” has led to invitations for performances across Europe and the U.S., including the premiere of E. McKinley’s Speak No Evil at the American Composers’ Forum and For Don by M. Babbitt in celebration of the composer’s 90th birthday at Tanglewood’s Contemporary Music Festival. Dr. Mann is a recipient of Tanglewood’s Peggy Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship.
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Dean Kumpuris

Tatiana & Ivan


Tatiana Roitman Mann

Performances of pianist Tatiana Roitman Mann have been recognized by the BBC as “formidable…both accurate and with rarely seen joy.”

Tatiana has appeared as a soloist and recitalist across North America and Europe; radio broadcasts include H.Villa-Lobos’ Mystic Sextet, on NPR’s Performance Today, and B.Bartok’s Contrasts on New York’s classical music station, WQXR, G. Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on Little Rock’s KLRE. Mann’s recording of the original, big band version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue was released on Naxos in the album Jazz Nocturne – American Concertos of the Jazz Age.

As a performer of contemporary works, she premiered Speak No Evil by E. McKinley at the American Composer’s Forum, and performed For Don by M. Babbitt, with the composer in attendance, in celebration of his 90th birthday at Tanglewood’s Contemporary Music Festival. As the recipient of Peggy Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship at Tanglewood, she worked with James Levine, Dawn Upshaw, Yo-Yo Ma, Charles Rosen and Claude Frank.
Engagement highlights include Petrushka with San Diego Symphony, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy in Sydney, Australia, as well as performances in the US of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #4, op.58, Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto #4, op.44, Mozart’s Piano Concerto #23, K488 and DeFalla’s Evenings in the Gardens of Spain under the batons of M/Os Imre Pallo, Philip Mann, Jahja Ling and Beverly Everett, among others.

In the upcoming 2019-2020 season Tatiana will appear throughout southwestern US as a soloist and as a chamber musician.  [Please see Performance Calendar for specific concert information]

As an artistic administrator, Mann’s accomplishments include designing and bringing concert series to unusual venues and creating music programs for underprivileged youth. As the Artistic Director of Little Rock’s “New Deal Salon”, over the last 3 years Tatiana created and performed on more than a dozen concerts, with sold out attendances and eclectic programming.

Tatiana Roitman Mann holds graduate degrees from Manhattan School of Music, the Royal Academy of Music in London, and a D.M.A. in Piano Performance from University of Minnesota.  Her principal teachers include Mr. John Melnyk, Prof. Tatiana Sarkissova, Prof. Alexander Braginsky, and Dr. Marc Silverman

Currently Dr. Tatiana R. Mann is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Keyboard Studies, at Texas Tech University.

Ivan Stefanovic

Ivan Stefanovic was born in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia, and began his violin studies at the age of five. At sixteen, he came to the United States to continue his education at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with David Cerone, Victor Danchenko, David Updegraff, and Cathleen Winkler. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 1989 and an Artist Diploma in 1991, both with honors, from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2003, the Cleveland Institute of Music awarded him an Alumni Achievement Award “in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in the fields of Violin Orchestral and Chamber Music Performance.”

Mr. Stefanovic joined the second violin section of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 1991 under David Zinman, moving up to a third chair position a year later. In 2004, Yuri Temirkanov named him Assistant Principal Second Violin. He was named Associate Principal Second Violin by Marin Alsop in 2012.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Stefanovic has won many first prizes in local and national competitions in Yugoslavia. He has performed numerous times as a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Radio and TV Belgrade and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. He has made live recordings for Radio and TV Belgrade, Radio Yugoslavia, and WCLV in Cleveland, in addition to numerous solo and chamber music recitals in Yugoslavia, Spain, and the United States.

Some of the reviews of his performances include:

“The surprise star was Stefanovic…breathtaking agility”- Portland Press Herald (Maine)

“Deftly virtuosic and musically compelling”- Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Golden tone and tender phrasing; Considerable technical flair” – The Baltimore Sun

Mr. Stefanovic is Principal Second Violin of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, a baroque violinist in Pro Musica Rara, and a co-founder and co-Artistic Director of “Chamber Music by Candlelight,” a series featuring BSO members. He is a violin teacher and chamber music coach, and conducts orchestra sectionals, at both the Preparatory Department of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Baltimore School for the Arts. He has conducted master classes in the United States and Japan, and is a member of the Clipper Mill Quartet.

At the invitations of their respective Music Directors, Ivan has served numerous times as Guest Concertmaster with Ft. Wayne Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestra Augusta (GA). He has served on the faculty as a coach and a conductor at Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Peabody Utah Summer Music Festival and School, and Peabody Chamber Week. He was chosen to be a member of the All-Star Orchestra, comprised of some of the best orchestral players in the country, in a PBS taping in August of 2014.

Mr. Stefanovic plays on a violin made by Nicholas Lupot in 1810, on a generous loan from the private collection of the family of Marin Alsop.