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.

Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra

Woodwinds

Kremena Acheva-Stoyanova,
Kremena Acheva-Stoyanova,

Principal Flute

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Mila Tsankova
Mila Tsankova

Flute

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Gergana Ivanova
Gergana Ivanova

Flute

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Alexandar Dzhambazov
Alexandar Dzhambazov

Flute

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Valentin Metodiev
Valentin Metodiev

Oboe

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Valchan Valchanov
Valchan Valchanov

Oboe

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Yasen Enchev
Yasen Enchev

Oboe

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Mihail Zhivkov
Mihail Zhivkov

Principal Clarinet

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Dimitar Moskovski
Dimitar Moskovski

Clarinet

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Martin Iliev
Martin Iliev

Clarinet

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Martin Stoyanov
Martin Stoyanov

Bassoon

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Nikolay Wiazigin
Nikolay Wiazigin

Principal Bassoon

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Justo Alcalde
Justo Alcalde

Bassoon

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Ivanka Fordiani
Ivanka Fordiani

Bassoon

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Brass

Krasimir Kostadinov
Krasimir Kostadinov

Principal Horn

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Boyan Tachev
Boyan Tachev

Horn

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Mihail Mihaylov
Mihail Mihaylov

Horn

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Encho Yanchev
Encho Yanchev

Horn

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Youriy Rizov
Youriy Rizov

Horn

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Dobromir Kisyov
Dobromir Kisyov

Trumpet

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Ivo Fotev
Ivo Fotev

Trumpet

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Bozhidar Todorov
Bozhidar Todorov

Trumpet

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Mincho Tomanov
Mincho Tomanov

Principal Trombone

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Ivaylo Hristov
Ivaylo Hristov

Trombone

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Petar Karakashev
Petar Karakashev

Trombone

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Yavor Kostov
Yavor Kostov

Trombone

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Strings

Pavel Zlatarov
Pavel Zlatarov

First Violin

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Ivan Dyakov
Ivan Dyakov

First Violin

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Nevena Popova
Nevena Popova

First Violin

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Veselin Dimitrov
Veselin Dimitrov

First Violin

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Stefan Kirov
Stefan Kirov

First Violin

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Liliya Koeva-Vladimirova
Liliya Koeva-Vladimirova

First Violin

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Ivan Penchev
Ivan Penchev

First Violin

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Veneta Gudeva
Veneta Gudeva

First Violin

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Boryana Kraleva
Boryana Kraleva

First Violin

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Georgi Markov
Georgi Markov

First Violin

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Maria Aneva
Maria Aneva

First Violin

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Kalina Hristova
Kalina Hristova

First Violin

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Svetlina Terzieva-Angelova
Svetlina Terzieva-Angelova

First Violin

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Ana Ivanova
Ana Ivanova

First Violin

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Zdravka Komitova-Godulyanova
Zdravka Komitova-Godulyanova

First Violin

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Petya Dimitrova
Petya Dimitrova

Second Violin

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Kristina Hinova
Kristina Hinova

Second Violin

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Elista Mircheva-Petrova
Elista Mircheva-Petrova

Second Violin

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Zornitsa Tsvetanova
Zornitsa Tsvetanova

Second Violin

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Kiril Minov
Kiril Minov

Second Violin

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Nataliya Todorova
Nataliya Todorova

Second Violin

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Izabel Btova
Izabel Btova

Second Violin

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Михаела Иванова
Михаела Иванова

Second Violin

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Tsanka Georgieva
Tsanka Georgieva

Second Violin

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Divna Belcheva-Shaleva
Divna Belcheva-Shaleva

Second Violin

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Petya Miroleskova
Petya Miroleskova

Second Violin

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Vilma Atanasova-Zelkovska
Vilma Atanasova-Zelkovska

Second Violin

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Miroslav Bozhinov
Miroslav Bozhinov

Second Violin

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Milen Maximov
Milen Maximov

Second Violin

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Iliyana Koleva
Iliyana Koleva

Viola

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Valentin Toshev
Valentin Toshev

Viola

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Kiril Matanov
Kiril Matanov

Viola

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Yana Serafimova
Yana Serafimova

Viola

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Kristian Sugarev
Kristian Sugarev

Viola

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Ginka Nikolova
Ginka Nikolova

Viola

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Elitsa Mircheva-Petrova
Elitsa Mircheva-Petrova

Viola

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Boyan Kolev
Boyan Kolev

Viola

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Margarita Bogdanova
Margarita Bogdanova

Viola

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Ani Seykova
Ani Seykova

Viola

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Katya Valeva
Katya Valeva

Viola

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Ivan Lalev
Ivan Lalev

Cello

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Nikola Damyanov
Nikola Damyanov

Cello

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Ivo Alexandrov, Assistant Principal Cell
Ivo Alexandrov, Assistant Principal Cell

Cello

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Svetlana Pencheva-Simeonova
Svetlana Pencheva-Simeonova

Cello

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Georgia Bogdanov
Georgia Bogdanov

Cello

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Elitsa Mircheva-Petrova
Elitsa Mircheva-Petrova

Cello

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Elizabet Radeva-Emanuilova
Elizabet Radeva-Emanuilova

Cello

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Lyubomir Nikov
Lyubomir Nikov

Cello

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Georgi Georgiev
Georgi Georgiev

Cello

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Spas Komitov
Spas Komitov

Cello

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Viktoria Velieva
Viktoria Velieva

Double Bass

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Margarita Bogdanova-Draganova
Margarita Bogdanova-Draganova

Double Bass

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Vladimir Gunev
Vladimir Gunev

Double Bass

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Alex Atanasov
Alex Atanasov

Double Bass

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Mihail Arnaudov
Mihail Arnaudov

Double Bass

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Deyan Velikov
Deyan Velikov

Double Bass

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Maxim Spasov
Maxim Spasov

Double Bass

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Percussion

Martina Miteva
Martina Miteva

Percussion

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Rumyana Milhaylova
Rumyana Milhaylova

Percussion

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Stoyan Pavlov
Stoyan Pavlov

Percussion

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Yordan Kedikov
Yordan Kedikov

Percussion

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Piano/Organ/Harp

Velin Iliev
Velin Iliev

Organ

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Stefan Vrachev
Stefan Vrachev

Piano

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Vesela Trichcova
Vesela Trichcova

Harp

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Nayden Todorov

Director

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.