Program for September 2019

 September 12 , 2019 /Thursday/

        18.30 hours  Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”

50 years Symphonic orchestra Pazardjik


                                                                                               Conductor: GRIGOR PALIKAROV                                                                                      



Gabriela Georgieva – soprano                                                       Veselin Mihaylov – baritone



G. Verdi – Overturse from op. “Nabucco”

G. Verdi – Aria of Abigail from op. “Nabucco”

G. Bizet – Escamillo cups from op. “Carmen”

G. Bizet – Anthractic music to the fourth action of Op. “Carmen”

G. Verdi – The duo of Abigail and Nabucco from op. “Nabucco”

P. Staynov – Paidushko horo in the suite “Thracian dances”

P. Hadjiev – Prayer of Maria Desislava from Op. “Leto 893”

Al. Borodin – Aria of Kniaz Igor from op. “Prince Igor”

L. van Beethoven – Overture “Egmont”

G. Verdi – The duo of Leonardo and Graf di Luna from op. “Trubadur”





Grigor Palikarov (born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in 1971) graduated from the National Music Academy – Sofia with Master of Music Degree in: Orchestral Conducting with Prof. Vassil Kazandzhiev and Prof. Ivan Voulpe, Composition with Prof. D. Tapkov, Piano with Prof. Kr. Tasskov and Choral Conducting with Prof. St. Kralev. Later on he continued his composition study during two Summer Academies in Austria with Erich Urbanner (Professor at University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna).

His debut as an opera conductor was in April 1994 (at the age of 22) with Verdi’s “Rigoletto” at two major opera houses in Bulgaria.

In 1998-1999 season Grigor Palikarov made his first appearance on the stage of the National Opera and Ballet – Sofia, conducting a Gala-concert with the special participation of the famous Bulgarian opera singer Ghena Dimitrova upon her personal invitation.  Later on he has made many concerts and performances with other world famous opera singers like Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Elena Obraztsova†, Krassimira Stoyanova, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Kurt Rydl, Alexandrina Milcheva, Nadia Krasteva, Nickola Giuzelev† etc.

From January 2000 until April 2019 Mr. Palikarov worked as a full-time conductor at the National Opera and Ballet – Sofia, conducting a rich variety of repertoire. It includes more than 60 opera and ballet titles by Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Weber, Verdi, Wagner, Ponchielli, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Puccini, Gounod, Delibes, Bizet, Borodin, Rimsky–Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiew, Orff, Bulgarian classical and contemporary composers etc.

Now Maestro Palikarov teaches orchestral conducting at the National Academy of Music “Prof. P. Vladigerov” – Sofia, where he has defended his Doctor of Music Degree in June 2017 and has been appointed as full-time Associate Professor since April 2019.

Since the beginning of 2005/06 season Mr. Palikarov has also taken the position of Managing and Artistic director and conductor of the Symphony orchestra – Pazardzhik and since September 2008 he is also the principal conductor of “Classic FM” Symphony orchestra – Sofia.

In the following years he has made concerts and performances with many famous soloists like the members of Vienna Philharmonic: Albena Danailova (concertmaster), Wolfgang Schulz†, Franz Bartolomey, Dieter Flury, Robert Nagy, Glenn Dicterow (former concertmaster of New York Philharmonic, Svetlin Roussev (concertmaster of the French National Radio orchestra) and others.

Nowadays Mr. Palikarov is often invited as a guest – conductor of many orchestras, opera theatres and national and international music festivals in Bulgaria and abroad, including countries like Germany, Austria, Belgium (with the National Orchestra of Belgium), France, Finland, Italy (with many orchestras), Luxemburg, Poland (with many orchestras), Portugal, Macedonia, Greece, Slovenia (with the National Opera and Ballet – Ljubljana), Romania, Switzerland, Taiwan (with Century Orchestra – Taipei and on a tour with Sofia Opera and Ballet), Russia (with State opera Krasnoyarsk and Yekaterinburg Musical College orchestra), Ukraine, UK, USA (with Opera – Cleveland), South Korea (with “Janacek” Philharmonic – Czech Republic), Japan, Uruguay (with the National SODRE orchestra – Montevideo), Mexico (with UANL orchestra – Monterrey and Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan – Merida), China (with Xiamen Philharmonic) etc. His debut in USA has been mentioned by the critics there as one of the most important musical events for year 2009 for Ohio State. Grigor Palikarov also makes regular recordings of orchestral pieces, opera arias and ensembles as a guest conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio. Some of his recordings can be found on CDs and DVDs produced by different companies.

Together with his conducting activities, Mr. Palikarov composes music and plays as a piano soloist with different orchestras in Bulgaria. He is a prizewinner of many national and international piano and composition competitions. Some of his works were performed at music festivals and recorded at the National Radio – Sofia.

Grigor Palikarov is also a certified member of MENSA (the international organization of highly intelligent people) and has been a Chairman of its Bulgarian branch for two consecutive mandates.


Gabriela Georgieva – soprano

Gabriela Georgieva is one of the leading sopranos of the contemporary music scene in Bulgaria. She polished her vocal mastery at two of the stars of the Bulgarian opera – the tenor Kaludi Kaludov and the world primal Gena Dimitrova. Gabriela Georgieva began her professional career in 2002 with a debut as Leonardo of Trubadur. She quickly managed to conquer not only the stage of the Sofia National Opera but also many prestigious world theaters. Visits often in Rijeka, Zagreb, Bern, Zurich, Vienna, Rome, Mexico.The last three seasons Gabriela Georgieva makes several remarkable debuts on the stage of the Sofia Opera – in the production of Norma with conductor Grigor Palikarov and under the direction of Ugo de Ana, in the Force of Destiny of the Italian Pierre Francesco Maestrini in the Yanini nine brothers “Directed by Acad. Plamen Kartalov as Leonardo of Trubadur under the direction of Philippo Tonon and Donna Elvira of Don Giovanni in the production of Ugo de Ana and under the music mentality of Anna Tomova – Sintova.These incarnations imposed Gabriela Georgieva as a favorite of the audience not only because of her brilliant vocal technique but also because of her extraordinary ability to capture the hearts of the audience with her voice. Her talent to squeeze the musical details in precision and so saturate with emotion each phrase she makes distinguishes Gabriela Georgieva as an artist who knows how to excite with her art.

Veselin Mihaylov – baritone

He graduated in “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov “Master’s Program in Classical Singing, under the direction of Prof. Maria Belcheva. He is a graduate of the “Gallery of Bulgarian Talents”, of the Boris Hristov Foundation and the Raina Kabaivanska Foundation. He graduated from the Academy of Santa Caterina in Rome and Master Class of Raina Kabaivanska in Modena, with the support of the Boris Hristov Foundation.His repertoire includes the roles of Escamillo from Bizen’s Carmen; Marcel of Puccini’s “Bohemian”; Alfio of Mascani’s “Rural Honor”; Ammonastro from Verdi’s Aida; Igor of Borodin’s “Prince Igor”; Zurga from Bizet’s “Pearl Hunters”; Wagner’s Passifal Clinker; Abimelech of Saint-Sans, Samson and Delilah; Paris from “Romeo and Juliet” by Guno; Šchecalkov from Boris Godunov of Musorgsky and others. Soloist of Sofia Opera and Ballet from 2011 Visits to Germany, Japan, Russia, Austria, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia.





 September 26 , 2019 /Thursday/

        18.30 hours  Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”


                                                                     Conductor: Pietro Borgonovo                                                                            

Soloist: Simeon Goshev – piano


L. van Beethoven – Overture “Egmont”, op.84

P.Tchaikovsky – Concerto for piano and orchestra №1, op.23

L. Beethoven – Symphony No. 7, op.92



Pietro Borgonovo

Pietro Borgonovo ha compiuto gli studi musicali a Milano e a Freiburg, perfezionandosi con Heinz Holliger. Ha esordito come solista di oboe nel 1975 e da allora è presente nei maggiori Festival Internazionali, da Salisburgo al Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, dalla Biennale di Venezia a Musica Bayreuth, dal Festival d’Automne a Parigi al Festival di Montreux, al Donaueschinger Muslktage. Ha tenuto concerti, oltre che in Italia, a Vienna, Londra, Lisbona, Berlino, Mosca, San Pietroburgo, New York, Madrid, Amsterdam, Praga, Montecarlo, Lussemburgo, Bonn. Per quasi vent’anni è stato primo oboe delle Orchestre Sinfoniche della RAI di Torino e Milano.

Ha insegnato presso i Conservatori di Bolzano e Genova e ha tenuto per dieci anni il corso di perfezionamento in oboe della Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. È regolarmente impegnato in master class al Festival di Città di Castello, in Spagna, in Germania. All’attività concertistica ha da tempo affiancato quella di direttore d’orchestra dirigendo, tra le altre, l’Orchestra della Toscana, l’Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi di Milano, l’Orchestra Sinfonica di San Remo, l’Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese, l’Orchestra Regionale del Lazio, l’Orchestra Sinfonica di Sassari, l’Orchestra Filarmonica Veneta, l’Orchestra di Koblenz, l’Orchestra dell’Ente Arena di Verona, l’Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, l’Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional di Buenos Aires, l’Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, il Klangforum Wien, l’Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Recentemente ha ottenuto un grande successo realizzando alcune importanti prime assolute: a Firenze con l’Orchestra della Toscana, al Festival di Salisburgo con il Klangforum Wien e il coro Schoenberg e al Maggio Musicale Fiorentino con l’Orchestra del Teatro Comunale.

Sia come solista di oboe che come direttore d’orchestra ha inciso molti dischi per Denon, Erato, RCA, Fonit Cetra, Dynamic, Ricordi, Col legno, Frequenz e BMG ottenendo un Grand Prix du Disque e la segnalazione tra i cinque dischi di musica sinfonica più stimati dalla critica italiana nel 1998.


Simeon Goshev

 “… Simeon is a pianist who effortlessly transfers the audience into his own invisible world of music.”

Musical Horizons

The Bulgarian pianist Simeon Goshev is mostly acknowledged for his performances of pieces from the Viennese Classic and his musical interpretations of various styles of the 20th C. This preferences become clear not only from a quick look over his rich repertoire, but also from his MA and PhD dissertations, both dedicated to the works of Igor Stravinsky.

His most recent competition successes have been on the competition Leos Janacek in Brno in 2017 and on “De Bach au Jazz” competition in Athens/Paris in 2018, winning in total three prizes from both competitions.

At present, Simeon is spending most of his professional time between Vienna, where he continues his collaboration with Professor Lilya Zilberstein and regularly performs as a solo and chamber musician, and Sofia, where he is doing a PhD in the National Music Academy under the tutoring of Professor Borislava Taneva.

Simeon obtained his Bachelor degree from the University of Music Vienna in the class of Professor Stefan Vladar and after an Erasmus year in Belgium with Prof. Alan Weiss, returned to Vienna to successfully acquire his MA degree (‘mit Auszeichnung’) after studying with world renowned pianists like Oleg Maisenberg and Liliya Zilberstein.

While being a student, Simeon took master classes with Jan Jiracek von Arnim, Michel Beroff, Oksana Yablonskaya, Arie Vardi, Boris Berman, Klaus Helwig, Pascal Devoyon, Tamas Ungar and others. In addition, he became a scholar of two foundations – “Joseph Windisch” in Austria and “Yordan Kamdzhalov” in Bulgaria.

Simeon recorded for the Bulgarian National Radio, the Bulgarian National Television and the Bawarische Radio. His concert highlights include performances in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Munich, Burghausen, Vienna, Salzburg, Sofia, Belgrade etc.

He is laureate on numerous national and international competitions, winning first prizes on “Young Virtousos”, Sofia, “Evangelia Tjiarri”, Cyprus, second prizes on “Liszt-Bartok”, “Viennese Classic” and more.