Program for April 2024

April 11, 2024 /Thursday/  

18.30 hours      Hall “M-ro G.Atanasov

                                                             Conductor: Petar Tuleshkov                                             



Soloists: Ásta Dóra – piano

Viktor Kostov – piano


S. Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

S. Rachmaninoff – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini


Petar Tuleshkov

Petar Tuleshkov, born in 1995 in Pazardzhik, started playing the violin at an early age and completed his secondary education at the Lyubomir Pipkov National Music School in Sofia, majoring in violin. During his school years he showed great interest and got acquainted with various types of music. He is a laureate of the National Harmony Competition “Prof. Parashkev Hadzhiev” and in the competition for Young Performers of Classical Musical Instruments (Pernik, 2013). As a student he actively participated in the concert programs of the Youth Philharmonic Sofia, Pioneer Philharmonic, Jazz Band at the National Music University and other ensembles. Shortly before completing his secondary education, his interest in symphonic music and orchestral conducting intensified and he began to actively study this art. In 2014 he entered the theoretical faculty of the National Academy of Music “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov”, Sofia, with a specialty in opera and symphonic conducting. In the classes of prof. Plamen Djurov, Assoc. Georgi Patrikov and prof. Grigor Palikarov he began to enter, in detail and in depth, into the soul, construction and history of both symphonic and operatic creativity.

Ásta Dóra

Ásta Dóra is a student at the Barratt Due Institute of Music, Norway, teacher-Marina Pliassova and Reykjavik College of Music, Iceland, teacher- Peter Máté. Winner of competitions: 2023, Estonia, Vertex International Concerto Competition, III. Prize 2022, Bulgaria, SOLINARIA INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION, Cat. A5 (15-19yrs), I. prize. 2022, Spain, WPTA Spain IPC, Junior D (14-16yrs) 2. prize 2021, Czech Republic, 15th International Competitive Exhibition of Piano Competitions’ Laureates from the Age of 12 to 18, Grand Prize, Laureate. 2021, Iceland, VIII EPTA piano competition, Group 3, (15-18 Yrs). I. prize 2021, Israel, 5th Scherzo piano competition, Online, Solo Cat. – Advanced. (13-16yrs), I. prize. 2021, Serbia, VIII INT. PIANO COMPETITION SMEDEREVO, Cat III (14-15yrs), I. Prize, Laureate. 2021, Sweden: Malmö Yamaha Piano Competition, online ed.: Cat-B: (11-14yrs), I Prize w. Distinction and Special prize. 2021, Ukraine: The ХХ International Festival – Competition and International Youth Performance Art Competition “Chords of Khortitsa”, Category III (14-16 yrs). Grand Prize. 2021, Ukraine: 14th Int. Volodymyr Krainev Competition for Young Pianists Cat 3. Grand Prize, I prize, Special Prize. 2021, Singapore: Music Singapore Int. Piano & Violin Competition: Cat. E: (14 -17yrs), I. prize. 2021, Hungary: III. “Wiener Klassiker” Danubia Talents IMC, Online 2021: (14-17yrs), I prize. 2021, The Canada International Piano Competition, Youth Festival (14-17yrs). Gold award. (Winner). 2021, Spain: Franz Liszt Center Piano Competition. Cat-B (14-17 yrs.), II prize. 2020, UAE: Fujairah International Piano Competition, I prize and special prize. 2020, Poland: V Krystian Tkaczewski International Piano Competition, III prize.
2020, Switzerland: W.A. Mozart piano competition of Lugano, III prize.  2020, Russia: International Moscow Music Competition, I prize. 2020, France: La Note Céleste, I prize. 2019, 2018; Russia: Nutcracker, Russia, Diploma. 2019, 2018, Greece: Porospianomagic, III prize, I prize. 2018, 2015, Iceland: EPTA, Grand Prize, I prize. 2018, Belgium: Primavera Pianistica, II prize. 2017, Poland: The 25th F. Chopin Piano Competition, special prize. 2017, Newcastle, England: Young Pianist of the North, I prize. 2016, 2014, Iceland: National Harvest «Notan», I prize, I prize. Ásta Dóra was a soloist with orchestras: Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Athens camerata, Barratt Due symphonic orchestra and Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Zaporizhzhya Regional Philharmonic, Ukraine. She performed on festivals in USA (Festival Artist of the Third Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival – June 2023), Romania, Germany, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Finland, Denmark, Greece, Belgium, Norway, and Iceland. She has had master classes with different professors, among them, A.Kouyomdjian, N.Lugansky, M-A.Hamelin. She likes to improvise, compose, read books, write stories, and make animations.

Viktor Kostov

In 2019. Viktor Kostov graduated from the National Music School “L. Pipkov”. He continues his studies at the National Music Academy “P. Vladigerov”, and is currently a master’s student in the piano class of Prof. Dr. Borislava Taneva and the conducting class of Assoc. Deyan Pavlov. Only at the age of 10, Viktor won his first competition, namely XII National Competition “Young Instrumentalists and Singers” – “Svetoslav Obretenov”, Provadia, 2010. In 2011 he studied at the Academy of Music in the town of Gdansk. Pernik, Viktor Kostov won first and special prize “Orpheus” at the International Competition for “Young Performers of Classical Musical Instruments”, getting the opportunity to open the next edition of the competition with a performance of Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.4 by J. Haydn. Since then, Victor has been a prize winner of numerous national and international competitions in Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, Austria, Malta, Beglia, Signapur, etc. In 2022, together with Kristian Hristov (tenor), they realized their joint project ROMANTICA 22, on the stage of the Military Club of Sofia, which included performances of F. Liszt – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, J. Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue for piano and orchestra, etc. Masterclasses


April 25, 2024 /Thursday/  

18.30 hours      Hall “M-ro G.Atanasov

                          Conductor:  Ioannis Poulakis                            


Soloist: Martina Chaneva



L. van Beethoven – Coriolan Overture, op.62

V. A. Mozart – Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218

V. A. Mozart – Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550


Ioannis Poulakis

Born in 1992 in Athens, Greece. He had piano studies at the Athens Music Society, from where he obtained his diploma with excellency and First Prize. Active soloist, has given numerous recitals with a wide repertoire (most recently with the City of Athens Symphony Orchestra for L. v. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no.3), and also active as accompanist / répétiteur. Furthermore, he had violin studies, obtaining his diploma with excellency. He completed his music theory study cycle (harmony, counterpoint, fugue) and then he studied composition at the Athens Music Society, from where he obtained his diploma with excellency and First Prize. He is a graduate of the department of Musical Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, specialising in the field of Historical and Systematical Musicology. Afterwards, he studied orchestral conducting under the guidance of Maestro Lucas Karytinos. He completed his studies by obtaining his diploma with excellency and First Prize. He has conducted several orchestras in Greece and abroad. In Greece, he has recently had his debut concert with the Athens State Orchestra for the World Music Day 2023. Has also collaborated with the Greek National Opera, the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Athens Philharmonia Orchestra, the City of Athens Symphony Orchestra and the Athens Youth Symphony Orchestra. Abroad, he had conducted, among others, the State Opera Stara Zagora Orchestra (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria), the State Opera Varna Orchestra (Varna, Bulgaria), the United Europe Orchestra (Vienna, Austria), the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra (Olomouc, Czech Republic), the Cupiditas Youth Orchestra (Florence, Italy) and the Danubia Orchestra (Budapest, Hungary). He shared the second prize of the 1st Borislav Ivanov Conducting Competition (no first prize awarded), organised by the State Opera Varna in Bulgaria, with the participation of the orchestra and soloists of State Opera Varna.

Martina Chaneva

Martina Chaneva was born in 1992. She graduated from the National Music University “L. Pipkov” Sofia with a degree in violin. Over the years she has participated in numerous master classes with famous violinists and professors such as Mincho Minchev, Kevork Mardirosyan, Micho Dimitrov, Svetlin Rusev, Dina Schneiderman, Anton Sorokov and others. She has won prizes at both national and international competitions – 3rd prize at the International Competition “Ohrid Pearls” (Macedonia) , 2nd prize at the National Competition for Violinists “Dobri Petkov”, Gold Medal at the National Music and Dance Competition “Orfeeva Darba”, 3rd prize at the International Competition “Young Virtuosi” and others. She received her Bachelor’s degree at NMA Sofia in the class of prof. В. Stefanova in 2015 , and in 2018 she completed her Master’s degree at the University of Music and Performing Arts (Vienna) in the class of prof. Lothar Strauss (concertmaster of Staatskapelle Berlin). In Vienna he has worked in various orchestras – he has played with Tonkuenstler Orchester Niederoesterreich, Radio Symphonieorchester Wien, Webern Kammerphilharmonie Wien, etc. In 2018 she also performed as second concertmaster in Germany – Staatstheater Cottbus. Since November 2022 she has been working at the Sofia Philharmonic in the second violin group. Currently she works in the BNR Symphony Orchestra in the first violin group and is a PhD student at the NMA “Prof. Stefanova”. П. He has also studied at the Vladigerov Symphony Orchestra in the class of Associate Professor Galina Koycheva-Mircheva.