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Degi brings Debussy to the steppe PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 May 2007

This May, Mongolia's most popular violinist Degi is having her second solo concert in UB on the 11,12th. Her concert will be divided in two identifiable parts. The first part, western impressionist composers pieces like Claude Debussy, Edward Elgar, Vivaldi will be highlighted. In the second part pieces of Mongolian composers pieces will be performed with Canadian composer and pianist Bruce Petherick, the “Memory” Symphony Pop Orchestra, the Moon Stone Traditional Song and Dance Ensembe and other famous Mongolian singers. 

Image Degi (Delgertsetseg) is Mongolia's best-known fiddler, enthralling concertgoers and dinner parties alike for years with her interpretation of Mongolian standards.

Degi began studying the violin at age seven after scouts from the Music College in 1986 identified her (from the size and shape of her fingers) as a potential musician.

“My mother and the family thought that it was so prestigious to be selected for the Music College that they encouraged me wholeheartedly to take up the violin.”

As her studies progressed, her mother's ambition was for Degi to become a kindergarten teacher as things got tougher in the new democracy.

“Kindergarten children got food, so their teachers had food too. In the early 1990s, food was not always easy to get,” she reminisced.

“We practised every day for countless hours, but…I appreciate…the discipline it has given me to pursue this career.”

Degi in Concert
May 11 and 12, 6pm
Central Cultural Palace

More information: www.degimusic.com

Tickets are available at the Central Cultural Palace box office from MNT8000 to MNT 10000. For more information please contact at 7011-7971, 9924-3296.

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