site.btaWorld-Famous Conductor Nayden Todorov Becomes Culture Minister
Nayden Todorov is the Culture Minister in the second caretaker Government of Galab Donev. He takes over from Prof. Velislav Minekov.
Born in Plovdiv, southern Bulgaria, in 1974. Graduated from the Music high school in Plovdiv and made his debut as a conductor with the Plovdiv Youth Orchestra in 1990. Conductor of Vratza Philharmonic between 1993 and 1997. 1996 saw his debut in America where he conducted the List-Glenn Festival Orchestra in Los Angeles. The same year he earned his Bachelor’s degree at the Vienna Music University and specialized under Mendi Rodan at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy. Became principal conductor of the Vidin Philharmonic, 1998-1999. Resident conductor of Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Israel, in 1998. Aged only 26, he became Music Director of the Plovdiv Opera & Philharmonic Society, 2000-2003. Made his debut with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra at Bulgaria Hall on December 13, 2001. The same year he earned his Master’s degree in culture management from New Bulgarian University in Sofia. His debut at the Sofia National Opera & Ballet came in 2002 with Faust by Gounod. Artistic Director of Opera & Philharmonic Society – Bourgas (State Opera – Bourgas and Bourgas Philharmonic), 2003-2005. Director of Opera & Philharmonic Society – Rousse in 2005-2017. Made his debut in Asia in 2007 with concerts in Japan with Berliner Symphoniker. A production of Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky in 2010 was his debut with the Vienna State Ballet. His first stint as conductor in Africa was a 2016 concert in Egypt with Cairo Symphony Orchestra.
Director of Sofia Philharmonic since in January 2017. He has taken the orchestra to perform on some of the most prestigious European stages: Bozar Hall in Brussels, Musikverein Wien, the Grand Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic.
In 2021 he published his first book of short stories.