Program in December

December 8, 2016 /thursday/   18.30 hours       Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”

Conductor: Gregory Palikarov                                                                     Soloist: Kalina Miteva – violin

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featuring Simeon Vladov – reader


L. van Beethoven – Concerto for violin and orchestra, op. 61

M. Dyakov – Symphonic tale ”King Marco” – premiere

A. Dvorak – Symphonic poem ”Daylight witch” op.108



Grigor Palikarov (was born in 1971 in Plovdiv) graduated National High School of Music And Dancing Art “Dobrin Petkov” – Plovdiv. His main major was piano, which he graduated with full scores and golden medal in 1990. After that he achieve a diploma of master degree from The National Musician Academy “Pancho Vladigerov” – Sofia , for the following majors : opera and symphony conducting with prof. C. Kazandjiev and prof. Yves. Vulpe; composition with prof. D. Tapkov, piano – with Prof.. Kr. Taskov and choral conducting with Professor. St. Kralev. He specialised in composition with Professor Erich Urbaner at the Vienna Conservatory, Austria.

His debut on the opera stage was as a student (22 years), when he conducted “Rigoletto” at the opera houses in Pleven and Stara Zagora.

His professional career as a conductor began in Symphony Ensemble of the Bulgarian Army (1995-1997), and from 1997 to 1999 he was a chief conductor of the Ensemble. Meanwhile, he assumed the post of chief conductor and artistic director of the Youth Philharmonic “Pioneer” (1998-2003). He also debuted at the National Opera and Ballet in Sofia in 1998 by conducting a gala concert of Gena Dimitrova. Since 2001 he was appointed as a full-time conductor of the Opera and into the current moment his repertoire includes more than 55 opera and ballet titles. Since the beginning of the 2005/06 season, Mr. Palikarov has also taken the position of General Artistic Manager and Conductor of the Symphony-Operetta Orchestra „ m-ro G. Atanasov” – Pazardzhik.

Mr. Palikarov is often invited as a guest conductor of many orchestras and opera theatres in Bulgaria among: Symphony Orchestra of Bulgarian National Radio, Classic FM Orchestra – Sofia, where he is a permanent conductor for the 2008/09 season, Sofia Philharmonic, Festival Orchestra – Sofia, State Opera in Plovdiv, Burgas, Varna, Ruse and Stara Zagora, Pleven Philharmonic etc. After series of conducting appearances, special place occupy numerous studio recordings of various musical composition with the Symphony Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio, as well as participations in prestigious national and international music festivals such as “Sofia Music Weeks”, “March Music Days” – Rousse, “European Music Festival “- Sofia,”Apollonia “Laureate days” Katya Popova “- Pleven,” Austrian Music Weeks “,” New Bulgarian music “,” Winter Musical Evenings “- Pazardzhik, Festival of Opera and Ballet Art – Stara Zagora , Festival of Contemporary Music – Pula, Croatia, “May Opera Evenings” – Skopje, Macedonia and others.

Mr. Palikarov regularly carried out many tours abroad including countries like Germany, Austria (with Ensemble “New Ton,” Vienna), Belgium (with the National Orchestra of Belgium), France, Italy, Luxemburg, Macedonia, Slovenia (with the National Opera and Ballet-Ljubljana), Switzerland, Taiwan (with Century Orchestra-Taipei), USA (with Opera Circle-Cleveland), Japan, etc. His debut in the USA has been mentioned by the American critics as “one of the most important musical events for year 2009.” For state of Ohio, Krasnoyarsk opera and ballet – Russian Philharmonic “Janacek” – the Czech Republic and others. In October 2014 M-ro Grigor Palikarov has made two concerts with the Orchestra of Classic FM radio in the prestigious Alte Oper (Frankfurt) program of the festival EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS, organized by the European Central Bank.

In addition to his work as a conductor, Mr. Palikarov composes music and performs as a piano soloist with different orchestras in Bulgaria, he also teaches musical analysis at the State Academy of Music and Dance Arts-Plovdiv as an Assistant Professor. Some of his works were performed at music festivals and recorded many times.

For its successful appearances as a composer and pianist he has been awarded a number of prestigious national and international awards from the competitions “Svetoslav Obretenov”, “Albert Roussel”, “Music and Earth” and others. Mr. Palikarov is a winner of the prestigious “Crystal Lyre” of UBMD – 2001 and 2012 as well as the award “Golden Pen”.

Within two terms Mr. Palikarov was chairman of the “Mensa” – Bulgaria.


Kalina MIteva  began playing the violin at age of 6. In 2009 graduated from the National School of Music “L.Pipkov” with violin teacher prof. Elizabeth Kazakova. Four years she studied violin with Professor. Muhamedzhan Turdiev University “Bilkent” in Ankara, Turkey. In 2014 she graduated from the Academy of Music “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov “with a master’s degree in violin class of prof. Elizabeth Kazakova. Winner of awards at national and international competitions including: 2010. – National Competition “Obretenov” – I prize and gold medal, 2010. American Music Academy in Fontainebleau, France – Award “Kasadesus” 2010. International Competition for Austrian instrumental chamber music – c. Sofia – II prize and special prize “Anton Webern” 2010. – International Competition “Music and Earth” – the First Prize for chamber music. 2009. – International competition in town. Nis, Serbia – Grand Prix.2005. – National Competition “Prof.. Nedyalka Simeonova “- III prize and a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture. 2004. – National Competition “Dobrin Petkov” – II Prize and the Prize of the Union of Bulgarian Composers for best performance of a work by Bulgarian composer, 2004. – National Competition “Pancho Vladigerov” – III prize. International competition “ISA chamber music competition” -Special Award and others.

She has played as a soloist with the Sofia Philharmonic Youth Philharmonic Orchestra “Sofia” orchestra “Sinfonietta” – Sofia, Vidin Philharmonic, Shumen Philharmonic and the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the National Academy of Music.



December 15, 2016 /thursday/   18.30 hours       Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”

          Conductor: Domenico Sorrenti  



Dvorak – “Slavonic Dances”, op.46, №1, 2, 7, 8

Dvorak – Symphony № 9, op.95 “From the New World”


 Domenico Sorrenti      

Domenico Sorrenti was born in Genoa, was a student of the Conservatory of Alessandria and Genoa. Simultaneously he deepened his training with other internationally renowned Masters. For the study of the piano: Guido Agosti Accademia Chigiana in Siena and at the Conservatory of Perugia (1981-1982-1983) Lidia Arcuri Genoa (2004-2005). Organ: Vittorio Rossi. Singing: Maria Trabucco, Gabriella Ravazzi, Angelo Marchiandi, Paul Ancarani. the composition analysis: Carlo Mosso (1989). Choir Conducting Fulvio Angius Roma 1995-1996. Conducting: Franco Ferrara Chigiana Academy in Siena, Ass. Gaetano Veneziano Bisceglie 1984-1985. Carlo Maria Giulini Accademia Chigiana in Siena 1986. Donato Renzetti, Gilberto Serembe Academy Pescarese 1988. Severino Zannerini Trieste from 1988 to 1989. Aldo Brizzi Alexandria 1991. Ludmil Descev Conegliano Veneto 1990-1991. Gian Luigi Gelmetti Milano 1996. Julius Kalmar, Giovanni Pacor Verona in 2011. He made his debut in opera direction in 2001 with Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci at the Teatro Civico La Spezia interpreters: Simona Baldolini, Alberto Jelmoni, Daniela Pini, Alfio Grasso, S. Zanardi. Cysnus Festival Opera Orchestra of Genoa. In 2014 he conducted a symphonic concert in Burgas with the Opera Orchestra of Burgas. He has conducted symphonic concerts with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Lublin, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Oradea Philharmonic, Craiova, Brasov Philharmonic Orchestra, the Opera Orchestra of Cluj, The Opera Orchestra of Kiev, L ‘Youth Orchestra EM Ferrari of Alexandria, The Chamber Orchestra Welcome Conegliano Veneto, The Orchestra of the Opera Playful of Friuli Venezia Giulia (Trieste). US tour in 1987 he conducted the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. The Hershey Symphony Orchestra. L ‘Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. E ‘was director of the Chorus Ursicinensis from 1983 to 1988. In 1988 he founded the Cycnus Opera Chorus Festival of Genoa, of which he is director. E ‘teacher of Chapel and Organist of the military parish of the Financial Police of Genoa. With a vast repertoire of sacred music and profane Chapel and Concertata as of Choir Master, he made his debut in 1986 with the first tour in Italy, the United States and Canada. Concerts in the cities of Rome, Perugia, Stationary, Tortona, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Sacramento, Seattle, New York, Philadelphia, Newfield, Harrisburg, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Quebec. He has taught at the Conservatory of Milan detached home in Como in 1996, and at the Conservatory of Cagliari in 1999-2000. And ‘répétiteur to surtitles of Prescott Studio and Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa since 1998, working on more than 90 productions.


December 22, 2016 /thursday/   18.30 hours       Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”

          Conductor: Simone Pittau


Soloists:    Ivo Stankov – violin                Ivan Penchev – violin           Lachezar Stankov – piano
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J.S. Bach – Concerto for two violins and orchestra, BWV1043, re-moll

Mendelssohn – Concerto for piano and orchestra №1, salt-minor

Mendelssohn – Symphony №4, “Italian”


Simone Pittau

Simone Pittau, born March 28, 1970 in Cagliari, Italy.
He studied Composition, Piano and Percussion at the Conservatory of Music “Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina” of Cagliari, where in 1993 he graduated in Violin under the guidance of Alessandro Moccia.
He specialized with violinists Alexander Barantschik, Felice Cusano, Alessandro Moccia, David Takeno, Mircea Tifu, Eugenia Chugayeva and with conductors Sir Colin Davis and Jesus Lopez-Cobos.
In 1995 he attended the “Post Graduate Course” for Violin and Orchestra Conducting at the “Guildhall School of Music and Drama” in London, respectively, with violinist Krysia Osostowicz and with maestro Alan Hazeldine.
Since the studies in the Conservatory, has performed in many concerts as a violinist in chamber, symphonic, opera, exploring different genres in addition to classical music, in Italy, Spain, France, England, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Greece , Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Lithuania, Russia, Uzbekistan, Korea, China, Japan, Chile, Brazil and Mexico collaborating with musicians such as Paolo Fresu, Roger Waters, Dulce Pontes, Gianni Ferrio, Luis Bacalov, Riz Ortolani, Nicola Piovani, Markus Stockhausen, Daniele Di Bonaventura, Anna Tifu, Enrico Rava, Danilo Rea, Maurizio Giammarco, Franco D’Andrea and with Pop musicians like Claudio Baglioni, Gino Paoli, Noah, Renato Zero, Celentano, Gianni Morandi, Lucio Dalla, Andrea Bocelli and Pino Daniele.
In 2001 he made his debut in London as a conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra in a concert at the “Barbican Hall” during a cunducting master class held by Sir Colin Davis.
Since 2002 he collaborated as violinist with the Academy Award winner Ennio Morricone with whom he made concerts in different parts of the world, some of which are recorded on live CD and DVD. Moreover, in recent years he has taken part at the recording of several soundtracks commissioned at the maestro Morricone.
In 2004 he made a recording with the London Symphony Orchestra at the “Abbey Road Studios” in London, for the record label ASV / UNIVERSAL.
In 2004 he founded the Orchestra da Camera della Sardegna, based in Sardinia, an ensemble formed by musicians who work with great success away from the island.
In 2008 he founded the “culturefestival”, a project of music, Painting, Sculpture, Works of Art, Literature, Theatre, Dance, Cinema, Photography, Artistic Handicraft, Architecture and Environment, an annual joint eighth edition that features the honorary presidency of Ennio Morricone and had the patronage of Sir Colin Davis Artistic President of the London Symphony Orchestra until 2013 when the great master was missing.
Attentive to young people and their training, since 2009 in Sardinia organizes the Educational Project which includes International Music Master Class and Concerts, for students from the age of three. Teachers are Principals of the London Symphony Orchestra and prominent members of the most important European schools of music, such as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy in London, the Vienna Conservatory, the Hochschule für Musik in Basel and Hochschule fur Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin. In 2013 he received the Award Navicella Sardinia.

Ivo Stankov

Ivo Stankov has become one of Bulgaria’s leading and most versatile artists of his generation. Described by the press as “a stunning virtuoso” he has captivated audiences in the UK and in Europe with his “commanding” style and “spirited” performances. He is equally at home as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and educator. As a soloist he has performed with the English Chamber Orchestra, and with some of Bulgaria’s most established orchestras such as Sofia Soloists, Sofia Sinfonietta, Varna, Burgas and Pazardjik Philharmonic. He has performed at most of UK’s concert halls such as Royal Albert Hall, Glasgow Concert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elisabeth Hall, the Barbican and the Bridgewater Hall. As a recitalist and chamber musician Ivo has also performed at all major chamber music venues in London, such as Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, the South Bank, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and also at Westminster Parliament, the RAI Congress Centre (Amsterdam), and Bulgaria National Hall.He has collaborated with international artists such as Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, the film composer Johann Johannsson (Theory of Everything), Chilingirian Quartet, pianist Ashley Wass, cellists Guy Johnston and Stefan Popov. Ivo has made a number of recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio. His debut CD album of Beethoven’s violin sonatas was described as “an excellent record” and was awarded five stars by Britain’s oldest classical music magazine Musical Opinion. As a founder of “Stankov Ensemble” he has premiered a number of works by leading Bulgarian and British composers. He also premiered in London the violin concerto ‘Phantasmagorias’ written by Gheorghi Arnaoudov. Ivo is the leader of Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra and Iskra String Quartet, and is in addition regularly leading a number of ensembles in London. He has also been invited as a guest leader of the Sofia Symphony Orchestra, Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells, and the London Schubert Players. In addition to his busy performing career Ivo is a Violin professor in the Junior department of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and is also a violin tutor with the South London Youth Orchestra. He is regularly invited as a jury member of competitions for young performers and also is giving Master Classes internationally. Particularly interested in the propagation of Bulgarian music abroad Ivo founded the London Festival of Bulgarian Culture. Its three extremely successful editions led to Ivo being awarded the Silver medal by the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Gold Medal ‘Boris Hristov’ by the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture. In 2015/16 season Ivo has performed with Barth Festival Orchestra – Germany, Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra – USA, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra – New York, Orchestra of Rio Grande do Norte – Brazil, and Orquestra da Camera della Sardegna – Italy. His upcoming engagements in 2016/17 season include performances with London Mozart Players, Isle of Wight Orchestra, and Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra – Bulgaria. He plays on 1787 Gagliano violin, kindly lent to him by the Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells.


Ivan Penchev

Ivan Penchev finished music school “Pipkov” and the National Music Academy “Pancho Vladigerov” in the class of prof. Joseph Radisonov. Since childhood, he became laureate of national and international competitions such as “Wieniawski”, “Kocian”, “Obretenov” and others. He has participated in master classes with Max Rostal, Vladimir Spivakov, Svetlana Bezrodnaya, Bernhard Hartog. 1990 Ivan Penchev held various positions, including concertmaster of numerous Bulgarian and international orchestral ensembles under the baton of Claudio Abbado, Carl St. Clair, Rossen Milanov, Neville Marriner, Emil Tabakov and others. Ivan Penchev based Quarto Quartet in 2005, which won 7 major international and national awards, and “Crystal Lyre” 2014 “Golden Needle” Classic FM 2015 and Golden Quartet “Marin Goleminov” 2016 Multiple entries with their duo Dimo Dimov pianist in “golden fund” of BNR – sonatas by Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Bartok, Shostakovich, Konstantin Iliev and Keith Jarrett.


Lachezar Stankov

Lachezar Stankov was born in Varna (Bulgaria) and he started learning the piano at the age of nine. He showed a very rapid progress and one year later he was accepted at the Dobri HristovCollege of Music and Arts, where he completed his high school education with a specialist music curriculum. Lachezar is a winner of many national and international prizes and awards. He won the Second Prize in the National Competition DimitarNenov in Bulgaria (1999), Third Prize in the International Competition Pro Arte in Bucharest, Romania (2000), the Grand Prix of the Competition for Czech and Slovak Music in Prague (2003) and also the Presto National Scholarship Award (2002). In 2009, Lachezar was a finalist of the Concerto competition in the Royal College of Music. He made his concert debut in Holland at the age of twelve, where he played in Utrecht and at the RAI Centre in Amsterdam. Since then, he has played in many venues in Bulgaria, Europe and the UK, including the Varna Festival Hall and the Bulgarian Embassy Hall in Prague and London. He has also participated in the Varna Summer International Music Festival. At sixteen years of age, he was selected to participate in a series of concerts with the Varna Philharmonic Orchestra, where he performed the Grieg piano concerto No.1, under the critics acclaim. Subsequently, the following year, he received an invitation to perform Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Varna and Shumen Philharmonic Orchestras. In 2005 Lachezar was awarded the ABRSM Full Scholarship for overseas students to study at the Royal College of Music with Professor Andrew Ball. For the duration of his studies, he was supported by Flame Trust. To this date, Lachezar has played numerous solo and chamber music recitals in the UK and abroad. In 2008 he performed Rachmaninov’s ‘Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini’, with the North London Symphony Orchestra. He was also a soloist at the prestigious London Cadogan Hall and at Kings Place with the renowned Chilingirian Quartet in 2012. In May 2013 he performed at the Wigmore Hall lunchtime series concerts and at St. John’s Smith Square. In October in the same year he performed Grieg Piano Concerto number 1 with Sliven Philharmonic orchestra in Bulgaria. Engagements in 2015/2016 include performances with Barth Festival Orchestra (Germany), Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria), Symphony Orchestra of Rio Grande do Norte, (Brazil),and Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Tucson (USA).