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Herrenchiemsee Festpiele

Ljubka Biagioni, conductor

The winner of the international conductors' competition "Franco Capuana" of the European Union (2002) was born in Rome as the daughter of an Italian politician. After classical secondary school and intensive piano lessons she attained a scholarship for the Music Academy of Sofia, from which she graduated with excellence, majoring in choir and orchestra conducting, complemented by music theory.

After her diploma she specialized in Varna, Bulgaria with Karl Österreicher, at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Norbert Balatsch and Leonard Bernstein and also at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena with Ferdinand Leitner and Valery Gergiev. Especially significant for her carreer, was her work with Ilya Musin und Valery Gergiev in Rotterdam in 1997.

During an additional study of philosophy in Rome, Ljubka Biagioni acted as assistant conductor in several productions, such as in the Tokio Suntory Hall, the Arena di Verona, at the Salzburg Festival, in Florenz, Geneva, Berlin, Naples, Athens, Parma, Milano and Garmisch. The repertoire she attained expands from Mozart, Bellini and Rossini to Verdi, Wagner and Richard Strauss.

After winning a contest with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, they went on tour together throughout Austria in 1996, concluding with a performance in the Wiener Konzerthaus. In the same year, she began conducting Puccini's "Manon Lescaut" in Lucca, Pisa and Viareggio. At the same time, she worked on an elaborate production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" with Ruggero Raimondi in Athen's "Megaron Musiki".

In the season of 1996/97, she was appointed principal guest conductor of the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, with which she performed many concerts throughout Italy. In 1997 she gave concerts with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and also with the orchestra "La Camerata" in Greece in an extensive tour.

With G. Verdi's "La Traviata" at the Herrenchiemsee Festival 2007 she started conducting an opera series of half-scenic performances under her own direction and staging which she continued with her 2008 performance of "Nabucco" starring Paolo Gavanelli as leading part, followed 2009 by two highly respected performances of "Cavalleria Rusticana". Two performances of Verdi's "Rigoletto" will continue the opera series at the Herrenchiemsee Festival 2010. Since january of 2010 First Guest Conductor at the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Philharmonic Choir "Svetoslav Obretenov", Sofia.

Cooperation with Orchestras
Wiener Kammerorchester
Orchestra dell´ Arena di Verona
Orchestra I Solisti Fiorentini
Orchestra Sinfonica Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra La Camerata Athen
Orchestra del Teatro del Giglio - Lucca
Orchestra Sinfonica di Arhus - Dänemark
Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana
Orchestra Pro Arte Marche
Orchestra dei Pomeriggi musicali di Milano
Orchestra Sinfonica di Adana - Türkei
Sinfonia Varsovia - Warschau
Orchestra Hofer Symphoniker
Cappella Istropolitana - Bratislava
Prager Kammerorchester

Cooperation with Choirs
The Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno
Bulgarian National Choir "Svetoslav Obretenov"
Male-voice Choir of KlangVerwaltung
Chamber Choir Munich
Choir of the Arena di Verona
Coro dell´opera di Lucca


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