The Orchestra

A history to be proud to join.

In its 90 years creative history, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra has come a long, intensive path of artistic growth associated with the names of such distinguished musical figures like Sasha Popov, Konstantin Iliev, Dobrin Petkov, Vassil Stefanov, Vladi Simeonov, Dimitar Manolov, Yordan Dafov, Emil Tabakov, Julian Kovachev, Nayden Todorov. High artistic achievements and concert activity at home and around the world, attracting audiences invariably populated and growing well-deserved international reputation is representative of all our modern music culture.

Unforgettable in the annals of the Philharmonic are creative contacts with personalities such as Herman Abendrot conductors, Igor Markevich, Carlo Cecchi, Charles Brussels’, Heinz Bongarts, Karel Ancherl, Witold Rovitski, Janos Ferenchik, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Yuri Temirkanov, Gyorgy Lehel, Kurt Mazur, Karl Osterrayher, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Neville Marriner, Uros Layovits, Yuri Simonov, Leopold Hager, and others.

Soloists of the orchestra were Dmitri Shostakovich, David Oistrakh, Svetoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, Shura Cherkasky, Annie Fischer, Ruggiero Ricci, Eugene Istomin, Andre Navarra, Yvonne Lefebure, Alexis Weissenberg, Dimitris Sgouros, Mstislav Rostropovich, Joseph Palenichek, Wanda Vilkomirska, St. Pierre, Frederic Gevers, Kerer Rudolf, Josef Suk, Yoko Sato, John Ogden, Sekeyra Costa, Vladimir Spivakov, Janos Shebeshteyn, Nathaniel Rosen, Julian Rahlin, Bernd Glemzer, Andrew Marriner, Ashkenazi Topalov, Sergey Roldugin and dozens of famous foreign and Bulgarian artists.

Particular emphasis in the recent history of the Philharmonic are memorable and joint projects with famous musicians contemporary genres, which have been adopted with great enthusiasm by the audience and contributed to the international prestige of Bulgaria – Robin Gibb / Bee Gees, a group Manowar, Jon Lord / Deep Purple, Sting, Ill Divo, Jose Carreras. These concerts led not only lovers of classical music to be proud of our National Philharmonic Orchestra, but also the whole Bulgarian society.

 

Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra’s repertoire includes works from all over the world musical literature – from classics to the latest Opus, including premiere performances of dozens of Bulgarian works. In recent seasons have been met for the first time in our major works of world musical treasure of Scriabin, Penderecki, Martinu, A. Roussel, N. Rota, Olivier Messiaen, Charles Ives and others.

 

Together with the National Philharmonic Choir sounded masterpieces of cantata-oratorio works of Bach, Handel, Orff, Brahms, Schubert, Berlioz, Scriabin, Stravinsky, G. Verdi, Mendelssohn and others. Begun before more than half a century / 1939/ their tours abroad Sofia Philahrmonic has a serious credibility and recognition worldwide. Visit with success in major musical centers of Europe, Asia, America, welcome and the most demanding audience with loud acclamations. So far, the Philharmonic has visited in all European countries and in Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Syria, Lebanon, Morocco, and Turkey. Repeatedly concerts in USA, UK, France, China, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Greece, Harvatian, Slovenia, Macedonia, Yugoslavia, Malta and others.

 

With very high and is related to activity recorded the Philharmonic. The orchestra recorded annually in a few minutes of music with the most outstanding works from their repertoire, integral with the works of Mahler, Bruckner, R. Strauss, Stravinsky, instrumental concertos and vocal works by prominent local and foreign singers. There are plates issued by companies Balkanton, Gega, Suprafon, Elan, frequency, Koch, Mega, Capriccio and others. Radio entries Paris, Berlin Radio, Radio Moscow, Radio Munich, Bulgarian National Radio and Bulgarian National Television.

 

The Philharmonic was awarded the prestigious awards – Musician of the Year category Premiere /2002/ by Allegro vivace listeners, Bulgarian National Radio. Receives high honors, Golden Lyre / 2003 / Union of Musicians and Dancers in Bulgaria, honorary medal from the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra / 2004 / Award of Sofia Municipality / 2004 /, “Stave Gold” / 2005 / Union of Bulgarian composers, Diploma XXV International music Festival – Laureate days Katya Popova / 2005 / diplomas and honorable sign of National Academy of Music Prof. Pancho Vladigerov, Crystal Lyre / 2006 and 2009 / Ministry of Culture, Honorary Sign of the New Bulgarian University / 2008 /. Last successful season Sofia Philharmonic received high award called Award of Sofia about music.

NAYDEN TORODOV

Director of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra

NAYDEN TODOROV was voted Musician of the Year 2018 in the national poll of the Allegro Vivace program at the Horizont station of the Bulgarian National Radio – receiving the accolade for the second time after winning the 2013 audience vote. A talented conductor and winner of many awards, Mr. Todorov has been awarded twice the Crystal Lyre Prize – in 2005 for his performance of Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, and in 2016 for his activities with the State Opera of Rousse. He is also winner of the 2014 Emil Chakarov Prize, and had the title Honorary Citizen of the City of Rousse bestowed on him in 2016. He was also awarded accolades from the Slovak Musical Fund, Vienna's Rotary Club, the Borghese Foundation, the Sofia Award for the operatic production of Gounod's Faust at the National Opera and Ballet House of Sofia; the Golden Stave Award for his contribution to the proliferation of Bulgarian music; the Golden Book Award for his substantial contribution to the propagation of Bulgarian culture, and the award of the Georg Wechter Foundation – Switzerland.

Meet the Orchestra

Kremena Acheva-Stoyanova
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Mila Tsankova
Flute
Alexandar Dzhambazov
Flute
Gergana Ivanova
Flute
Valentin Metodiev
Oboe
Valchan Valchanov
Oboe
Yasen Enchev
Oboe
Mihail Zhivkov
Clarinet
Dimitar Moskovski
Clarinet
Martin Iliev
Clarinet
Nikolay Wiazigin
Bassoon
Ivanka Fordiani
Bassoon
Justo Alcalde
Bassoon
Martin Stoyanov
Bassoon
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Krasimir Kostadinov
Horn
Youriy Rizov
Horn
Mihail Mihaylov
Horn
Encho Yanchev
Horn
Boyan Tachev
Horn
Ivo Fotev
Trumpet
Dobromir Kisyov
Trumpet
Bozhidar Todorov
Trumpet
Mincho Tomanov
Trombone
Petar Karakashev
Trombone
Yavor Kostov
Trombone
Ivaylo Hristov
Trombone
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Pavel Zlatarov
First Violin
Stefan Kirov
First Violin
Kalina Hristova
First Violin
Ana Ivanova
First Violin
Svetlina Terzieva-Angelova
First Violin
Ivan Dyakov
First Violin
Veselin Dimitrov
First Violin
Nevena Popova
First Violin
Liliya Koeva-Vladimirova
First Violin
Boryana Kraleva
First Violin
Ivan Penchev
First Violin
Veneta Gudeva
First Violin
Georgi Markov
First Violin
Maria Aneva
First Violin
Zdravka Komitova-Godulyanova
First Violin
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Petya Dimitrova
Second Violin
Kristina Hinova
Second Violin
Elista Mircheva-Petrova
Second Violin
Milen Maximov
Second Violin
Zornitsa Tsvetanova
Second Violin
Kiril Minov
Second Violin
Nataliya Todorova
Second Violin
Izabel Btova
Second Violin
Michaela Ivanova
Second Violin
Tsanka Georgieva
Second Violin
Vilma Atanasova-Zelkovska
Second Violin
Petya Miroleskova
Second Violin
Divna Belcheva-Shaleva
Second Violin
Miroslav Bozhinov
Second Violin
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Ani Sejkova
Viola
Valentin Toshev
Viola
Kiril Matanov
Viola
Yana Serafimova
Viola
Elitsa Mircheva-Petrova
Viola
Kristian Sugarev
Viola
Ginka Nikolova
Viola
Boyan Kolev
Viola
Margarita Bogdanova
Viola
Iliyana Koleva
Viola
Katya Valeva
Viola
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Ivan Lalev
Cello
Ivo Alexandrov
Cello
Elitsa Mircheva-Petrova
Cello
Georgia Bogdanov
Cello
Svetlana Pencheva-Simeonova
Cello
Elizabet Radeva-Emanuilova
Cello
Lyubomir Nikov
Cello
Georgi Georgiev
Cello
Spas Komitov
Cello
Nikola Damyanov
Cello
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Margarita Bogdanova
Double Bass
Vladimir Gunev
Double Bass
Alex Atanasov
Double Bass
Maxim Spasov
Double Bass
Mihail Arnaudov
Double Bass
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Martina Miteva
Percussion
Rumyana Milhaylova
Percussion
Stoyan Pavlov
Percussion
Yordan Kedikov
Percussion
Velin Iliev
Organ
Stefan Vrachev
Piano
Vesela Trichcova
Harp
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