Hosted by composer Abbie Betinis, our popular Courtroom Concerts take place at noon most Thursdays in the Landmark Center in downtown Saint Paul. This series features accomplished musicians and composers from the Twin Cities and surrounding area, as well as occasional musical newcomers to the area. These one-hour concerts are free and open to the public.
About the Artists:
David Brubaker, who has been a member of the Pacific, Oregon and Houston Symphony Orchestras, joined the Minnesota Orchestra’s second violin section in 2003 and moved to the first violin section in summer 2008. He served as acting first associate concertmaster during the 2014 season.
Brubaker has appeared on numerous Minnesota Orchestra chamber music programs, most recently playing Brahms’ Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano at the 2014 Sommerfest.
Brubaker is a native of Tucson, Arizona, where both his parents were music teachers and members of the Tucson Symphony. In addition to studying violin, he played oboe while growing up; he also sang as a member of the Tucson Boys Chorus, with which he toured the U.S. He earned degrees in violin performance from the Manhattan School of Music and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.
Brubaker’s three siblings are also professional musicians, performing with the Chicago, Houston and Tucson Symphony Orchestras.
Pianist Miryana Moteva is an active soloist, chamber musician, and piano teacher in the Twin Cities. With 10 years of teaching experience, she feels comfortable instructing students of all levels. Attention and sensitivity to each student’s goals guide Miryana’s teaching approach in piano lessons. She strives to make music learning a rewarding activity that not only supplies students with strong piano skills but also brings them joy. Having the privilege of studying with extraordinary musicians and mentors, Miryana believes that a strong teacher-student bond is a key to successful learning. In her studio, she maintains high standards and helps students reach them through extensive guidance, kindness, and creativity. Previously, she has served as a Collaborative and Applied Piano Teaching Assistant at University of Minnesota, and as a Music Theory and Ear Training Teaching Assistant at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.
An actively performing musician, Miryana sets an example and hopes to inspire students through her own playing. She has appeared in concerts at venues such as Sundin Music Hall, the Fitzgerald Theater, the Schubert Club, and the Cowles Center for Performing Arts. Her performances have been featured on Classical MPR. She regularly collaborates with instrumentalists, vocalists, and dancers in recitals across the country and Europe.
Miryana holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota. A native of Bulgaria, she is also a graduate of the National School of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria.