April 23, 2012

Famous Red Dress Cellist


Madame Suggia by Augustus John

I love this painting of Guilhermina Suggia by Augustus John. Her passion and talent combined with the beautiful red dress make for a stunning painting. Years ago, Cellists were not female and were not encouraged to become cellists. It's such a fascinating piece of cello history. 

It is by sheer coincidence that my cellist in the show has almost the identical dress and style. Also notice that the shape of the Cello is so similar to the woman’s body – complete with her curves and plenty of "strings" attached.

Read more about this famous painting and cello history here.




January 01, 2012

Beverly Hills Courier Article

Steve Simmons


Steve Simmons of the Beverly Hills Courier stopped by to see the show over the holiday.

"Magician Ivan Amodei has been packing them in at the Beverly Wilshire. So, to mark his one-year anniversary of sold-out shows, L.A.'s No. 1 magician has added three New Year's Eve shows at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. in the hotel’s historic Le Grand Trianon Theater.

His usual weekend shows are in his intimate 65-seat suite and the show is even labeled “Intimate Illusions — A Magical & Musical Experience.” With Amodei’s friendly, never stuffy or formal manner, the evening’s effect is as if a magician friend has invited you over to show you his latest tricks. If your friend is a world-class magician.


May 05, 2011

Irina Chirkova’s Bio


When not performing in Ivan's hit show, Intimate illusions, Irina performs in Celine Dion's orchestra at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas.

Born In Bulgaria, Irina Chirkova began learning the cello at the age of five and studied at Sofia Music School from ages six to nineteen. In 1997, Irina traveled overseas for the first time and enrolled at The Boston Conservatory, as a student of Andrew Mark.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree from The Boston Conservatory in 2000, and earned her Master's Degree in 2002 under the guidance of Rhonda Rider. 
Irina Chirkova is an active solo and chamber musician. As an electric cello band member, Irina plays standing up in the CCBONNES and MystiQuintet groups, with whom she toured internationally (Dubai, Qatar, Greece), as well as within the US.  

She has also played with Boston area bands in local venues. 
Ms. Chirkova has performed at political conferences for Bill Clinton and Mitt Romney and she has played on TV shows such as The Late Show with David Letterman, the Jingle Ball event with Kanye West, and the BET Awards with P. Diddy, (2010).

Up to the fall of 2005, Irina had been a teaching assistant for Rhonda Rider at Wellesley College. Presently, she is a cello faculty at Santa Monica Music Center (Santa Monica), Cornerstone Music Conservatory (Los Angeles), Neighborhood Music School (Downtown Los Angeles), and Opus Music School (Torrance), CA

She is a member of: 

  • Celine Dion's Orchestra, Las Vegas, Caesar's Palace 2011-2014

  • Sully Erna (Godsmack) Solo Band

  • Mark Salling (Glee) solo band
Rouge Music Group band

  • ChamberPop band

Visit her official website.