Cavatina Duo

Friday, January 27, 2017
7:30 PM
Saint Pius X Catholic Church

Artist Bio

"Style, sympathy, and technical's doubtful that the Cavatina's sophisticated and artistic playing could be surpassed." (Fanfare)

Dedicated soloists and chamber musicians, the CAVATINA DUO of Eugenia Moliner, flute and Denis Azabagic, guitar breaks convention with their combination of instruments. Add to that their daring choices of varied and versatile repertoire, and the result is new sounds, colors and musical phrasings, which in return awakens a high level of emotion and audience response. The Cavatina Duo has become one of the most impressive combinations of its kind in the world.

The Cavatina Duo has captivated audiences with their electrifying performances in such festival as Ravinia's Rising Stars series, De Camera Society, Aix-en-Provence Summer Festival, and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. They have performed with orchestras including the Chicago Sinfonietta, Traverse Symphony, and Sarajevo Philharmonic. Radio and television stations in Europe and North America such as WFMT and NPR have broadcast the duo's performances. They have been the subjects of interviews in international magazines and are the first flute and guitar duo to be featured on the covers of both Classical Guitar Magazine (UK) and the cover of FluteTalk (USA).

The duo has compiled a substantial number of recordings on the Spanish and North American labels Opera Tres, Cedille, Bridge, and Orobroy Records. Azabagic and Moliner are Artists-Faculty at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.


EUGENIA MOLINER, flute (Spain) has been acclaimed as "brilliant" by the British Flute Society magazine. She has performed with principal musicians from the Chicago Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Toronto Symphony orchestras as well with many chamber ensembles, including the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Civitas Ensemble, Chinese Fine Arts Musicians, the Aspen String Trio, The Rotterdam Baroque Ensemble, The National Philharmonic of the Netherlands and The Avalon String Quartet. Her discography includes seven CDs with international record labels such as Cedille, Bridge (USA), Orobroy and Opera Tres (Spain). Eugenia Moliner plays with a Brannen Cooper 14K flute with a 18K Lafin head joint as well as a Muramatsu alto flute.

A prize-winner in twenty-four international competitions, DENIS AZABAGIC, guitar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) has been described as a "virtuoso with flawless technique" by Soundboard Magazine. Azabagic has recorded 12 CDs for international labels as well as two DVDs for the Mel Bay Company. His recordings and live performance are highly praised by music critics for his elegant approach to music. As a guest instrumentalist and soloist Azabagic has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sacramento Chamber Orchestra, Madrid Symphony, Monterrey Symphony, and L'orchestra Royal de Chamber de Mons among many others. He has also collaborated with the Casals Quartet, Civitas Ensemble, and Music Now members in Chicago.

Denis Azabagic uses D'addario strings


  • Sonata in E Major, BWV 1035 (flute and continuo) J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Adagio ma non tanto Allegro Siciliana Allegro assai
  • Toward the Sea (alto flute and guitar) Toru Takemitsu 1931-1996 The Night Moby Dick Cape Cod
  • Variations on "O Cara armonia" from The Magic Flute W.A. Mozart (1756-1791) arr. by Alan Thomas

  • Isabel Joseph V. Williams II (b. 1949) (Dedicated to the Cavatina Duo)
  • Three Balkan Pieces* arr. Clarice Assad (b. 1978) Ratchenitsa (trad. Bulgarian)
    Ajde slusaj, slusaj (trad. Macedonian)
    Kalajdzijsko Oro (trad. Macedonian)
  • Adiós Nonino Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) (arr. Ian Murphy)
  • Fantasy on themes from La Traviata after Krakamp, Briccialdi and Tarrega* Alan Thomas (b. 1968)

* - Commissioned by the Cavatina Duo

Program subject to change at the discretion of the artist(s).