January 26, 4:00 Capitol Theatre
4th Wall Music presents a four string face off between the classical violin and the traditional fiddle. Both have the same fine-tuned physiques but go at it with very different approaches. Join local string heavyweights Kenneth MacLeod, a local Cape Breton fiddler and Tino Popovic, assistant concert master of the WSO in a battle of bow, beat and spirit
Kenneth MacLeod has delivered his inimitable music and moody message to audiences across Canada, the U.S, Germany, Holland Scotland and Ireland for over two decades. A brilliant fiddler steeped in the the traditional music of Cape Breton, MacLeod is also an engaging songwriter and singer whose lyrical original music ranges from folk and country ballads to punched up low rent rock and roll. A multi instrumentalist, (guitar, mandolin, mandola, banjo, viola and violin), Kenneth has worked as a band leader, composer, arranger, studio musician, educator and promoter of traditional and original music.
Konstantin Popović began his violin studies at the age of five in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. A few months later, he was acknowledged as the most promising beginner violinist by the members of the board of education for strings. This recognition led to a performance on a national television program about the history of violin music.
Parallel to his achievements in violin, at the age of seven, Konstantin was appointed vocal soloist in a renowned youth choir “Drinka Pavlovic”. This choir was frequently broadcast on radio and television and also created three separate recordings featuring Konstantin as a vocal soloist.
At the age of seventeen Konstantin graduated from a music high school “MS Mokranjac” in Belgrade having accumulated numerous awards at the highest national violin competition. Konstantin studied violin with Vlada Bobić in Belgrade.
Shortly after graduation, Konstantin immigrated to Toronto, Canada where he continued his studies at the University of Toronto in the music performance department under Leo Wigdorchik.
After graduating from U of T, he extended his orchestral studies as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and National Academy Orchestra. As a member of the National Youth Orchestra, he toured most major Canadian cities, numerous countries in Europe and Asia.
In 2000, Konstantin became the Assistant Concertmaster of Windsor Symphony. The same year, he also won an equivalent position in Sinfonia Toronto, a string orchestra comprised of fourteen members.
Konstantin has been featured as a violin soloist on numerous tracks of Kosta Arnakouros’ instrumental CD Mediterranean Rendezvous released in 2004. He also did studio work for composer-arranger Charles Cozens of Somerset Entertainment and was featured as a first violinist of a string quartet on the same recording.
As a soloist Konstantin has had the honour of collaborating with conductors such as Giuseppe Lanzetta, Nurhan Arman, Peter Wiebe, Charles Greenwell, Ivars Taurins, Janez Govednik, Mark Skazinetsky, Fabio Mastrangelo, John Morris Russell and Robert Franz.
Konstantin plays regularly with “Wellington Music” agency which he co-founded with cellist Orsolya Lengyel in 1997. During first decade of 2000s’ he was also a member of the Greek bend from Toronto called “The First Generation”. Tino is a current member of the string trio pop band “The Guitar guys”, Punjabi dhol band “The Folk’ Guys” and also has a solo pop violin act “Tino Pop Violin”. Tino is also highly regarded as a Bollywood style violinist.
Of all his achievements Mr. Popović puts most value on the arrivals of his children Dimitri and Tatiana and is immeasurably grateful to his wife Dawn for all support.