Roman Simovic
Sat 21 Oct

MusicMilena & Roman Simovic (Leader of the LSO)

Duets for violin & viola

We are thrilled to invite you to come and hear Roman and Milena Simovic play at Portico. It is a rare treat indeed to have the leader of the London Symphony Orchestra visit Portaferry! First class musicians in a first class venue - what could be better?


Mozart:  Two Duos G Major (KV 423) and B flat Major (KV 424)


Martinu: Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola (H313)

Handel-Halvorsen: Passacaglia for Violin and Viola

Roman Simovic

Roman Simovic

Roman Simovic's brilliant virtuosity and seemingly-inborn musicality, fuelled by a limitless imagination, has seen him perform on many of the world's leading stages including the Bolshoi of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Mariinsky in St. Petersburg, the Grand Opera House in Tel-Aviv, the Victoria in Geneva, the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Barbican in London, the Art Centre in Seoul, Grieg in Bergen, and Rachmaninov in Moscow.

Roman Simovic has been awarded numerous international prizes inclduing "Premio Rodolfo Lipizer" (Italy), Sion-Valais (Switzerland), Yampolsky Violin Competition (Russia) and the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition (Poland), placing him among the foremost violinists of his generation.

As soloist, Simovic has appeared with many leading orchestras: London Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, Teatro Regio Torino, Symphony Nova Scotia (Canada), Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra (Hungary), Camerata Bern (Switzerland), Camerata Salzburg (Austria), CRR Chamber Orchestra (Turkey), Poznan Philharmonia, Prague Philharmonia, and North Brabant (Holland) with conductors including Valery Gergiev, Antonio Pappano, Daniel Harding, Gianandrea Noseda, Kristian Jarvi, Jiri Belohlavek, Pablo Heras Casado, and Nikolai Znaider.

A much sought-after artist, Roman Simovic has performed at various distinguished festivals such as the “Verbier Festival”, " White Nights” Festival St. Petersburg, Easter Festival Valery Gergiev Moscow, Dubrovnik Summer Festival in Croatia, "Kotor Art" Montenegro, the BEMUS and NOMUS Festivals in Serbia, "Sion Valais" Switzerland, Norway's Bergen Festival, "Moscow Winter" Festival in Russia, Portogruaro Festival in Italy, "Granada music festival" in Spain, collaborating  with such  renowned artists as Leonidas Kavakos, Yuja Wang, Gautie Capuson, Tabea Zimermann, Misha Maisky, Schlomo Mintz, Francois Leleux, Itamar Golan, Simon Trpceski, Janine Jansen and Julian Rachlin.
Aside from being an active soloist, Roman Simovic is an avid chamber musician, and is a founding member of the distinguished Rubikon String Quartet. As an educator, he has presenter master-classes in the US, UK, South Korea, Serbia, Montenegro, Israel.

Roman Simovic plays a 1709 Antonio Stradivari violin which was generously given to him on loan from Jonathan Moulds, Bank of America's president.

Simovic is currently serving as leader of the London Symphony Orchestra.

About Milena Simovic

Milena Simovic

Milena Simovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia. Currently serving as principal violist in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, she has performed to audiences in Austria, Sweden, Italy, USA, Brazil, Israel and Great Britain, where she was praised as a “unique talent with wonderful musicality”. 

Milena enjoys a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher and is a recording artist of Nigel Kennedy, and has appeared on several CDs with Kennedy and his band. Milena has also recorded several music programmess for radio and television in many countries across Europe and South America. 

Milena is currently playing on a Paolo Antonio Testore viola.

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Event Details

Sat 21 Oct
19:30 to 21:30

£20 / £5 for Under 25s


  • The Portaferry Hotel
  • Fiddler's Green
  • Slip Inn
  • Joe's Hot Spot
  • The Lep
  • Portaferry Sailing Club

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