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The Sofia Philharmonic

the oldest established symphony orchestra in Bulgaria, was founded in 1928, on the initiative of the renowned violinist, conductor and pedagogue Prof. Sasha Popov. The creative development of the orchestra is related to the names of the outstanding Bulgarian conductors Konastantin Iliev, Dobrin Petkov, Vladi Simeonov Dimiter Manolov, Yordan Dafov, Emil Tabakov, and Julian Kovatchev, Hayden Todorov.

The Sofia Philharmonic organization has its own concert hall, the Bulgaria Concert Hall, where it unites the symphony orchestra of 120 musicians, the National Philharmonic Choir "Svetoslav Obretenov" of 80 singers, "Sofia" string quartet"– leader Angel Stankov, and various other chamber formations.

Since May 2002 General Director of the Sofia Philharmonic is  Mr. Yavor Dimitrov – pianist and composer, Principal conductor is Alexei Kornienko from Austria, (since 2009) , Conductor is  Martin Panteleev (since 2009), who lives in Germany. Conductor of the National Philharmonic choir is Luba Pesheva.

The Sofia Philharmonic has worked with many celebrated guest conductors and soloists including Herman Abendrott, Kurt Masur, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Igor Markevic, Yuri Temirkanov, Gyorgy Lehel, Karl Osterreicher, Jean-Bernard Pomier, Carlo Zechi, Mstislav Rostropovich, Neville Marriner, Uros Lajovic, Leonid Kogan, Alexis Waisenberg, Svyatoslav Richter, Andrew Marriner, Julian Rachlin, Alexander Knyazev, Bernd Glemzer to name a few.

The Sofia Philharmonic's repertoire covers a wide spectrum of music – from the popular classics to the latest in contemporary pieces, but giving special prominence to works by Bulgarian composers. In recent years, the Orchestra's programmes have contained a significant emphasis on large-scale symphonic works and they have performed the complete cycles of works by Bruckner, Mahler, and Beethoven, and the most important works of Scriabin, Rachmaninov and R. Strauss, and since 2002 the new management of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra realizes premiere performances in Bulgaria of important pieces of music of new symphonism of Penderetski, B. Martinu, A. Roussel, N. Rota.

The Sofia Philharmonic has a busy touring schedule – successful tours in USA, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taipei, Morocco, Spain, France, England, Turkey, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, Portugal, Malta and so on.
The Sofia Philharmonic has realized a lot of records of compact discs for Balkanton / Bulgaria / Elan / USA / Capriccio / Delta / Germany / Mega-Music / Bulgaria / Pentagon / Holland / Gega-New / Bulgaria as follows:

Mahler – All symphonies – 15 CD set/ Capriccio / Delta, Brahms – all Symphonies and Overtures, German Requiem, Richard Strauss – Alpine Symphony, Rimsky-Korsakov – Shecherazada, Scriabin – all Symphonies, Beethoven – all Piano concertos, Bartok – Concerto for orchestra,  The Miraculous Mandarin, Verdi – Requiem, Highlights from Il Trovatore, Rigoletto, Un Ballo in Maschera, La Forza del Destino and others.

Since 2005 started successfully the realization of long-term project of recording of film music together with the Austrian company   Image Performing Arts Promotion GmbH.

Sofia Philharmonic realized successfully projects with national media BNT (Bulgarian National Television), BNR (Bulgarian National Radio), BTV, Nova TV etc., concert programs and musical films.  

The National  Philharmonic Choir "Svetoslav Obretenov"

is the most representative ensemble in Bulgaria. It was founded in 1944 by the composer Svetoslav Obretenov. The creative development of the choir is related with the name of prof. Georgi Robev who was for a long time its Principal Conductor.

Today it is an imposing ensemble of professional singers  graduated in the Bulgarian Academy of Music.
The concert and recording activity of the Choir is very intensive and its name is well-known long ago  in France, Great  Britain, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Russia, Czech, Slovak,  Germany, Poland, Romania, Hungary,  Greece, Montenegro. Switzerland, Japan, Canada , Denmark,  Israel, where the Ensemble had a great success.

The Choir took part in the greatest  Musical Festivals, conducted by Hermann, Abengroth, Ricardo Mutti, Zubin Mehta, Guenadiy Rojdestvenskiy, Evgueniy Svetlanov, Yuri Temirkanov, Pierre Dervau, Jean-Claude Casadessus, Kurt Mazur, Michel Plasson, Emanuel Krivine, Maurizio Arena, Thomas Fulton, Emil Tchakarov.

The  repertoire of the choir includes more than 80 oratorios and a capella works of all styles and  epochs.

The National Philharmonic Choir has made records / LP and  CD/  with the  Bulgarian Record Companies Balkanton, Gega New,  Mega, and  with the foreign Record Companies: Emi, Decca, Harmonia Mundi – Paris, Columbia – Japan, Monitor – USA, Forlane – France.


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