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On October 21, the Cultural Information Center of the Republic of Northern Macedonia in Sofia hosted a concert by the young singer from Skopje, Ilina Mitrevska, with piano accompaniment by Dilek Recep.

And on encore, with the guest singer Desislava Todorova, they performed Barcarola from Op. Jacques Offenbach's "The Tales of Hoffmann".

A wide range of works were included in the concert - from baroque to classical, verismo, romanticism, with an emphasis on belcanto singing. Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giovanni Paisiello, Mauro Giuliani, Giuseppe Verdi, Frederic Chopin, Giacomo Puccini, Georg Frideric Handel, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Antonin Dvorak were performed.

IlinaMitrevska is a 20-year-old singer from Skopje. She studied at the Giuseppe Tartini Conservatory in Trieste, Italy, under the mentorship of the master of Bel canto - Lorenzo Regazzo. She completed her secondary education at the Music School in Skopje, in the solo singing class of Prof. Gonza Bogoromova Krapovski, at the same time she was part of the vocal academy of Prof. Ana and Igor Durlovski.

The singer works intensively with some of the brightest performers in the Macedonian Opera and Ballet - the tenor Prof. Giorgi Tsutskovski and Prof. Slavitsa Petrovska Galic. Among her performances the ones that by far stand out are the solo performance with the Macedonian Philharmonic; the solo concert in Sofia, conducted by maestro Hristo Hristov; her participation in "Skopje Summer", "Sounds of the Bazaar" and other events at international level. She has received numerous awards in Serbia, Bulgaria and North Macedonia.

Dilek Recep was born on 21st of December, 1970 in Skopje, to a Mongolian-Turkish musical family. She teaches at the Secondary Music School "Ilia Nikolovski - Louis". She began studying piano at the age of 7, showing great musical talent. She was also interested in mathematics, history, natural sciences, which are also her passion. But at a very young age she showed her style of piano, which has become known to the general public all over the world in the last 10 years, in which music is experienced in a wholistic way, with all its aspects, not only formally and technically. Only such a performance can reach the hearts of a wider circle of people.

The material is provided by the Cultural Information Center of the Republic of North Macedonia in Sofia.