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7 September 2006
Photokina videofun 2006 - the winner is announced!

The winner of the European video contest photokina videofun in 2006 has been announced - it is Roland Powik (Germany). He won with his film Augenblick (music written by Olga Minskaya) in the strong competition, with more than 1.100 participants. For his first place along with the winner's certificate, Roland Powik will receive a 2.500 euro prize. 30 awardees and winners of the European short film contest photokina videofun 2006 will receive their awards at the awarding ceremony in Cologne. The ceremony will take place from September 26 till October 1 in Pavilion 6, stand B70.
Organisers: fotocommunity e. K. together with Prophoto GmbH.

6 October 2005
Gutersloh - Isselhorst

Over 100 lovers of music attended the varied concert on Sunday evening at the evangelic church in Isselhorst.
Young musician Olga Manko-Minskaya set herself up as a cellist and a vocalist. She presented the music of different generations, as well as music of her own, demostrating the portentous abilities of modern digital piano. Accompanying by Chihiro Masaki.
The varied programme was spiced up by sudden numerous changes of the musical periods. Whether she played music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Gabriel Faure or Alexander Glasunov, the audience could feel special warmth when Olga Minskaya was playing the cello, as if the vivid singing of the instrument was embracing them. Chihiro Masaki made a good accompanist, demonstrating certain restraint, which allowed the soloist to fully open out. However, Olga Minskaya controlled herself as a vocalist. Her full voice showed certain remoteness and it matched especially well with the modern version of the psalm by L. Graap. Performing Look at me by A. Dvorzhak, she, on the contrary, fully demonstrated her strong emotional voice.
As a diversified performer, Olga skillfully highlighted modern key points using digital piano.
She was singing to the programmed out of tune rhythmical clavecin, or was building dreaminess of fading tones of organ or was drifting away in Lady I Know to the sound of bells and dissonant chords - her professionalism was thrilling.
The audience was very pleased with the 90-minutes long peculiar concert and thanked both performers with prolonged applause.
Von Heike Sommerkamp

2004. Gutersloh
Music with dramatic gesture and sweet and sour Gutersloh

At the recent concert of chamber music in St. Mathhew church, three teachers from different music schools of Gutersloh played solemn music. The concert was part of the art in church scheme and the performers proved themselves as beautiful soloists and worked beautifully as a trio.
Olga Manko (Music and Art school teacher) played in the first part of the concert together with the pianist Chihiro Masaki (Schmidt music school).
Four compositions ranging from baroque to modern age had a touch of emotional drama. Splendid team-work was imprinted in Adagio con variazioni by Ottorino Respigi. The clear sound of Olga Manko's cello sounded stinging, yet sweet. The musician proved her alt technique, which should be expressed precisely in this composition. The expressiveness merged with the beautiful sound, which demonstrated a vivid and inspirational performance.
Compostions by Sir William Bolton are rarely played. Olga Manko performed Passacaglia and impressed the audience with the intense sound and virtuosity. An adagio by Bach the musician dedicated to a russian performer who died in 2003 in a car crush.
Despite the jazz rythms at the end of the fisrt part, the rest of the programme kept the initial course. In the end the musicians played trio and performed a number of compositions by A. Paizzolla.
Dr. Constanze Natosevic

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