Our Musicians

Con Fuoco String Quartet/Trio/Violin and Guitar Duo

ccccLidija Penoviolin was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia and received her first violin lesson at age five. As a young violinist Lidija won five first prizes at national level competitions. She studied parallel at the Academy of Music in Novi Sad (BM) and at the Corsi Internazionali di Perfezionamento, Italy (Performance Diploma), Richard-Strauss-Konservatorium, Munich (Post Diploma) and the Boston Conservatory of Music (Perfomance Diploma). L. Peno’s teachers include Pavel Vernikov, Ilja Grubert, Martin Albrecht Rohde, G. Jislin, Lynn Cheng,Tamara Smirnova. Lidija has worked with trio Tchaikovsky and has performed solo with the Belgrade Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Dubrovnik Philharmonic and La Picolla Symfonia di Vernezia. She has also been a member of the Gaertnerplatz Theater Orchestra in Munich and performed solo or with various large and chamber ensembles in Belgrade, Dubrovnik, Moscow, Venice, Milano, Munich, Paris, New York, Tokio, Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne, Chicago, San Francisco, Bordeaux, Madrid, Bilbao and others. L. Peno has also recorded for the Yugoslavian National Radio, Rai Uno, Italy, ARD and ZDF - Germany, Paris – CD recording.back to top

cCarrie Dowell – violin- orginally from Indianapolis, IN, Carrie received her Bachelors of Music from Butler University, Master’s in Music from Kent State University, where she performed with Allamica and Gitano String Quartets and a Performance Diploma from Longy School of Music, Boston. Her teachers include Eric Rosenblith, Gregory Fulkerson and Laurence Shapiro. Carrie has participated in several festivals for chamber, solo and orchestral music. back to top



ccccccChari Peno - contrabass - contrabass is the leader and manager of Con Fuoco String Quartet/Trio/Duo and their bass and classical guitar player. Mr. Peno has begun his career in Munich, Germany, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in classical bass from the Richard-Strauss-Konservatorium. Mr. Peno holds also a Master’s Degree in jazz performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston. He has performed with various ensembles, such as the Echinger Symphonie Orchester, the Al Porcino Munich Big Band, the Milcho Leviev Duo, Karen Edwards Trio, Connexion Balkon, Tal Consort, the Vitello Tonnato & the Roaring Zucchinis and others. With these ensembles Mr. Peno has participated in numerous tours throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Italy and France, played on 4 CDs and film music tracks. Currently Mr. Peno is Assistant Principal bass of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and plays regularly with the Claflin Hill Orchestra, Nashua Symphony, the Lexington Symphony, the Sonny Watson Quartet, the Chari Peno Jazzet and works free lance with many both jazz and classical ensembles in the Boston area. Mr. Peno has also served with the Harvard University Chamber Orchestra and the Newton Symphony, with which he performed in Carnegie Hall, NYC in 2004.back to top


cczDimitar Petkov - viola moved to Boston from Miami, Florida. The Bulgarian violist has performed in recital and chamber music in Bulgaria, Greece, Germany, Italy, Turkey and the United States. Mr. Petkov has served as Principal Viola with the Southwest Florida Philharmonic, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Spoleto, Italy, and the Bulgarian State Academy Orchestra. Mr. Petkov was First Price winner in the Bulgarian National Music Competition, Second Prize winner in Bulgarian National Music Competition, and Longy School Music Concerto Competition. In 2002, he graduated from Longy School of Music with Artist Diploma. Currently, Mr.Petkov performs with Boston Modern Orchestra Project and serves as a Principal Viola of Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, Newton Symphony Orchestra, Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra and Kalistos Chamber Orchestra. He is a faculty member of Power Music School, Music on the Hill Summer Camp and Weston Public School. back to top


Antoaneta Anguelova- violin, was born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she began her violin studies at the age of five with Prof. Julia Angelova. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from LSU School of Music, Master of Music degree and a Performance diploma from the Boston Conservatory. Ms. Anguelova has appeared as a soloist and a chamber musician throughout Europe and United States and is currently the assistant concertmaster of the Cape Symphony Orchestra as well as a member of the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra, Portland Symphony Orchestra and the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Her primary teachers include Yosif Radionov, James Alexander and Lynn Chang.back to top


jazz_saxophonistMike Tucker - saxophone
As a student in Danvers. Ma, Mike he played with the Gordon College big band and the All-State Jazz Band. He was selected for the All New England Grammy Band at Berklee College of Music under Phil Wilson 1996-1997. Mike got his real education playing jam sessions in Manhattan clubs like Small's and the Blue Note where played sessions with trumpeter Roy Hargrove and drummer Brian Blade. He has played at all the major venues in Boston such as Wally’s, Wonder Bar, The Good Life, Cantab, House of Blues, Harpers Ferry, Johnny D’s, Ryles, etc. In 2002 Mike competed in the 2002 Thelonious Monk Jazz Saxophone Competition, the most prestigious saxophone competition in the world. He got to play and rub elbows with some of the greatest names in Jazz including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Joshua Redmond, Carl Allen. In 2002 Mike was awarded a full tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music starting the fall of 2003.
"The Greater Boston area has a proud history of producing world-class jazz musicians, and Mike Tucker is probably the brightest young saxophonist to come along in years. He brings to his music an aura of focused emotional intensity, letting his soul shine through every note he plays on his horn." - Frank John Hadley, Down Beat Columnist, Grove Press Author.
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jazz_singerElena Koleva - vocals
a versatile singer, comfortable in various music styles such as Jazz, Eastern-European folklore and American pop-music. She has appeared as a soloist of the National Radio Big Band, Sofia, Bulgaria and with the Whites, Greens And Reds jazz band and the Acoustic Version trio. She has also participated in established jazz festivals and theater performances in Europe and the United States and has won several TV music-awards, competitions and grants. Elena has released two solo albums with the Acoustic Version Trio - Round Midnight (1995) and The Invisible Touch (1998). Elena holds a Master's Degree in Performance (Voice) and has 8 years of teaching experience based on her original method "Vocal Techniques And Improvisation". Recently, she has performed at several Boston area venues such as the Encore Lounge Cafe, The Good Life and The White Rainbow. back to top


jazz_pianist_playerPlamen Karadonev - piano
Plamen's musical education began as a child in Bulgaria. As he matured musically, he acquired experience in performing, composing and arranging various styles of music such as jazz and R & B, just to name a couple. His versatile abilities became even more obvious as he won several National First Awards and was featured frequently on Bulgarian National Radio. Initially, Plamen came to the USA to attend the world famous Berklee College Of Music in Boston. Now a Bostonian, he is a freelance performer and educator. He plays gospel music and church organ and performs with various jazz and pop groups throughout the New England area. Plamen is also a solo pianist for Boston's glamorous Four Season's Hotel. He is equally at ease playing classical ceremonial music or a Duke Ellington song. New England musicians are admiring this amazing player! back to top


Stephen Fell - guitarjazz_guitarist
Steve Fell started playing guitar at age 11. He received a B.M. in jazz performance from Berklee College of Music in 1998. There, he studied guitar with Richie Hart, Jon Damian, Brett Wilmont, Jon Wilkins as well as others. He has since performed locally, nationally, and internationally with various groups including the Steve Fell trio, the Jazz Farmers, Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra, Mackie Burnett's Panorama, the Grayson Farmer Quintet, the Bando Brihlo de Luz, as well as many freelance performances in variety of musical styles. He has recently returned to Boston after living in NYC.
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jazz_drummerPeter Barr - drums
was born and raised in the Chicago area. He began playing drums at age 13 in local bands. In 1993 he came to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music, where he received his BA in percussion performance (98). Since then he has been busy making music with Mackie Burnette's Panorama (calypso, reggae, latin), Mamadou Diop (Senegalese dance band), Barry Rios (jazz), Timo Shanko (free jazz), and the Jon Damien Trio (guitar jazz). Peter can also be seen drumming for a variety of traditional and modern dance classes and performances throughout the New England area.
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