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Maestro Nayden Todorov Presents Sofia Philharmonic's New Fall Season
Maestro Nayden Todorov Presents Sofia Philharmonic's New Fall Season
Maestro Nayden Todorov with Sofia Philharmonic's Fall Season Programme (BTA Photo)

Sofia Philharmonic has never stopped working for that to be perceived as an oasis in the nightmare people live every day, the orchestra Director, Maestro Nayden Todorov, said, presenting its programme for the fall. Over 90% of it had already been mapped out even last autumn, beginning qith the idea to illustrate it with a fragment of Michealangelo's "Creation of Adam". "People are given the divine and they just have to reach out and touch it," the Maestro says, adding that the music is the divine in this case.

The highlights

The Philharmonic has tried its best to offer the entire range this season, Todorov said. The bonus of the season will be pianist Ivo Pogorelich who will come to Bulgaria again, this time with a recital.

In spite of Pogorelic, however, the Maestro thinks this will be the season of violinists, including such names as Vadim Repin, Vesko Eshkenazy, Midori, Svetlin Roussev, Maxim Vengerov – a veritable feast for all violinists, Todorov said.

World-famous soprano Diana Damrau will be back in Sofia for an opera gala on September 8, to present a Mozart programme together with French basso Nicolas Teste. 

As to conductors, James Judd will come back to Bulgaria again with a programme that the orchestra will perform in honour of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, entirely with works dedicated to Don Quixote. Vasily Petrenko will make his debut with Sofia Philharmonic and Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, who wanted to become a conductor all his life and all at once said he no longer wanted to play the violin, then proved to be a brilliant conductor, will also come. Todorov jokes the other conductors are afraid of him.

Large-scale concerts make a comeback

Large-scale concerts were impossible during the pandemic and this made the company shelve the so-called largest symphonies from the classical repertoire for some time. But now that this is over, Sofia Philharmonic and two of its main guest conductors - Sascha Goetzel and Rosen Milanov – will present two of the largest 'large' symphonies: Buchner's Eighth and Mahler's Ninth, Todorov said.


Several years ago, Sofia Philharmonic together with another two world-class orchestras decided to commission a new concert for a favourite instrumentalist of ours to Danny Elfman. The concert with virtuoso cellist Gautier Capucon has already premiered in Vienna and Paris and Sofia's premiere will be attended by Elfman himself, Todorov said.

Bulgarian focus 

The Philharmonic has selected five Bulgarian composers for the fall season, including Pancho Vladigerov, Marin Goleminov and Donrinka Tabakova. A premiere of Rumen Boyadjiev's Harp Concerto is also on the list, as well as one of the world's top conductors, Leif Segerstam, with Dimitar Nenov's Piano Concerto, Naydeon Todorov said, adding that he loves to provide world-known names the opportunity to present Bulgarian music, too.




By 01:53 on 20.04.2024 Today`s news

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