Program in January 2017


January 12, 2017 /wednesday/   18.30 hours       Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”

  Conductor: Marlon Daniel (USA)                           Soloist: Leïla BRÉDENT (Franse), soprano

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K. 384 (excerpts)


Ach ich liebte

Martern Aller Arten

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

Le nozze di Figaro Overture, K. 492

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

Two Concert Arias

Vorrei Spiegarvi, Oh Dio! K. 418

No, Che Non Sei Capace K. 419


Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)

Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 “Italian”

Allegro vivace

Andante con moto

Con moto moderato

Saltarello. Presto





One of the most dynamic conductors of his generation, Marlon DANIEL has been described as “a natural and enormous talent”  (Chicago Sun-Times) and his artistry has been hailed as “fabulous and exceptional” (Pravda – Moscow).  Winner of the 2014 John and Mary Virginia Foncannon Conducting Award, he has performed in some of the most prestigious venues in Europe and the United States that range from Carnegie Hall to the Rudolfinum in Prague and several international music festivals. He has also appeared with international artists that have included Yuriy BEKKER, Koh Gabriel KAMEDA, Julian MILKIS, Magali LÉGER, Kristin LEWIS, Rachel BARTON-PINE, Eric SILBERGER, Russell THOMAS and Deborah VOIGT, to name a few.

He has received numerous prizes and awards including the Mabel Henderson Memorial Grant for Foreign Experience, a Rose Hanus Fellowship, and an Honorary Key to the City of Chicago for Outstanding Musical Achievement and the ‘Voice of the Artist’ Award from the United Nations in recognition of his charitable work of bringing awareness to the crisis in Darfur.

He was educated at Manhattan School of Music, Le Conservatoire Américain – Fontainebleau (France), Centro de Estudios Musicales Isaac Albéniz (Spain) and the Prague Academy, where he received his training in conducting whilst serving as Associate Conductor of the Praga Sinfonietta. He has also profited from the advice of Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic as a James and Lola Faust Fellow, and Jorma Panula at the Panula Academy in Finland.

Mr. DANIEL is former Artistic Director of the International Festival of Composers of African and Afro-Caribbean Descent organized by Nassau Music Society and sponsored by Atlantis Resort, Société Générale and the Embassy of the United States, Associate Conductor of the Praga Sinfonietta, Associate Conductor of the Sofia Sinfonietta and Principal Guest Conductor of the Sofia Sinfonietta.

Most recently he was the featured in Symphony Magazine and on National CBS news documentary/interview “Changing the Color of Classical Music” hosted by anchormen Lee Cowan and Scott Pelley, and produced by EMMY winning producer Alturo Rhymes, and featured on Black America TV with host Carol Jenkins. He also made his London Royal Festival Hall début, to great acclaim, under the auspices of the CHINEKE! Foundation.

Currently he is Artistic Director of the Festival International de Musique Saint-Georges, the Bahamas National Symphony Orchestra (BNSO) Orchestra Workshops, Music Director of the Colour of Music Festival, Music Director of Ensemble du Monde, Guest Conductor of the Pazardzhik State Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Sofia Opera and Ballet in Bulgaria, a Guest Artist and Lecturer at Columbia University Teachers College for the Diversity in Classical Music Project and was be a guest lecturer at Yale University.

This season he will perform again with the Bahamas National Symphony Orchestra, the Pazardzhik State Symphony Orchestra, and he will make débuts with the Ensemble PI, Frankfurter Sinfoniker, Orquesta del Lyceum de La Habana and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba.




Dynamic young French soprano Leila BRÉDENT has been enchanting audiences and critics with the brightness and clarity of her voice since her début in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at the Étoile Temple in Paris in 2014.

Born in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe she received her musical education at the Conservatoire de Musique de Poitiers in musicology. She studied voice Molière ATHALYS and has also profited from the advice of Grace BUMBRY and Barbara HENDRICKS.

From 2012-14 she was a member of the Opéra Studio of Orvietto in Italy where she performed several opera projects that included in Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Olympia in Offenbach’s Les contes d’hoffmann.

In 2015 she had the opportunity to perform La Marseillaise to commemorate abolition of slavery in France for the Prime Minister of France, Manuel Valls and the United States Ambassador Jane Dorothy Hartley in an event that hosted more than one thousand in the audience at the Mémorial Acte in Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe. In 2016 she performed alongside Barbara HENDRICKS at the Palais des sports et de la culture du Gosier.

She has performed in Belgium, France, Italy and Switzerland. Upcoming performances include Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Constanza) and Die Zauberflöte (Königin der Nacht).



January 19, 2017 /wednesday/   18.30 hours       Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”


Conductor: Susumu Yamato (Japan)


     JK. Rossini – Overture to “The barber of Seville”
    Kl. Debussy – Little suite for orchestra
Dvorak – Symphony № 8, Op. 88



Susumu Yamato is born in Kobe city, Japan. He has been the principal trumpet player and an assistant conductor of Ashiya Symphony Orchestra for 21 years. In 1997 he established “Aloha Band” for both wind band and philharmonic orchestra.

In July 2016 he conducted Sofia Philharmonic in its special concert. Mr. Yamato also conducted Korea – Japan Special orchestra at Daegu City, South Korea in 2014. In the same year he conducted also Kansai Philharmonic at The Symphony Hall, Osaka. In  July 2015 he has participated at the Workshop by Sofia Philharmonic and received its diploma. Later on he conducted opera “ Hansel and Gretel –short version” at SEMBA de Opera Music Festival, Osaka. In January 2017 he will conduct a Festival orchestra including 7 members of Sofia Philharmonic at The Symphony Hall, Osaka and later on in February he will conduct the premiere showing of Film Score Philharmonic Orchestra.

At the present moment Mr. Yamato is Chief conductor of Film Score Philharmonic Orchestra and the assistant conductor of Elise Shine Orchestra.



42 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL – Winter musical evenings
“PROF. IVAN SPASOV “- Pazardzhik
January 26 – 29, 2017

January 26, 2017 /wednesday/   18.30 hours       Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”                         

                                                                   Conductor:GRIGOR PALIKAROV                                              Soloist:Georgi Cherkin – piano


Pancho Vladigerov – Bulgarian rhapsody “Vardar”
Rahmaninov – Concerto for piano and orchestra № 9

Al. Borodin – Symphony № 2 “Strong man”



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.


Georgi Cherkin

Georgi Cherkin was born in Sofia, Bulgaria in a family with great music tradition (his grandfather Georgi Zlatev-Cherkin was a famous Bulgarian composer and vocal pedagogue). He started playing the piano and composing at the age of six and the following year he enrolled in the Liubomir Pipkov National Music School in Sofia, where he was a student of Antonina Boneva. In 1996, he was admitted to the Pancho Vladiguerov State Music Academy in Sofia in prof. Atanas Kurtev’s class. A year later, he was also admitted at the prestigious Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, where he was trained by one of the most renowned music professors in Italy, Sergio Perticaroli, graduating cum laude.

He has performed as a soloist of symphonic orchestras more than 100 times and played in many prestigious concert halls, such as the Auditorio Hall in Rome, Musikhalle in Hamburg, Convention Center in Okinawa, Seoul Arts Center, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Invalides Hall in Paris, Kaufmann Concert Hall in New York to name a few. During the past few years, he has been awarded numerous prizes for popularizing culture and art in Bulgaria, including “The Crystal Lire”, “The Golden Century”, “The Golden Muse”, and “The Golden Quill” among others. He has also won top prizes at the following international competitions – Pancho Vladigerov in 2003, Premio Sassari (Italy) in 1999, and Young Musical Talents in Sofia, 1994.

Georgi Cherkin’s repertoire includes more than 25 concertos for piano and orchestra, including all the concertos by Rachmaninoff and the most difficult ones of the romantic period, which he has performed as a soloist of the Sofia Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio, Classic FM Orchestra, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras, National Radio Orchestra of Romania, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, under the batons of Emil Tabakov, Georgi Dimitrov, Milen Nachev, Horia Andreescu, Francesco La Vecchia, Shungo Moriyama, Ovidiu Balan, Miguel Grassa–Mora and many others. His concert schedule during the recent years has included a series of very successful piano recitals in Rome, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, New York, Seoul, Warsaw, Prague, Sofia, Bratislava etc.

Since young age Georgi Cherkin has also been composing & orchestrating music for symphonic orchestra. He has made numerous orchestrations of famous piano pieces, arranged for piano & orchestra, including Für Elise by Beethoven, The Moonlight Piano Sonata No. 14 (Beethoven), The Seasons (Tchaikovsky), The Turkish March from Piano Sonata No. 11 (Mozart) etc. All these pieces were performed in a World Premiere with Classic FM Orchestra in “Bulgaria Hall” with Live TV & Radio broadcasting. Mr. Cherkin has also composed & arranged music for films, drama and other classical music projects.


January 29, 2017 /sunday/   18.30 hours       Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”

   Conductor:  Haris Iliadis     



John Kyosev – oboe

Tsvetomir Kotzev – clarinet

Theodore Dimitrov – french horn

Petar Kalvachev – bassoon



W.A. Mozart – Symphony concertante for oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon K. 297b

F. Mendelssohn – Symphony № 3 “Scottish”, Op. 56



            Haris Iliadis was born in September the 10th 1972 in Thessaloniki, Greece. He studied piano, harmony and counterpoint at the „New Conservatory-Thessaloniki“ in the classes of Kate Saragiotou and Christos Samaras. From the „New Conservatory-Thessaloniki“ he obtained the Diploma of Harmony in 1991, the Piano Diploma in 1992 (with the grade of Excellence) and the Counterpoint Diploma in 1993.

            While studying in Greece, he took part in many orchestral and chamber music concerts as pianist and cembalist-conductor. Furthermore, he attended piano courses with Hans Graf, Konstantin and Julia Ganev, Dimitris Sgouros and conducting courses with Karolos Trikolidis and Yuri Simonov in Greece, the Czech Republic, Hungary Bulgaria and Austria. He also worked as assistant conductor for the orchestra and choire of the „Anatolia College Thessaloniki“ the high school where he studied, and, during his last year of studies in the „New Conservatory-Thessaloniki“ as piano teacher and accompanist for the „Lied and Opera“ classes. After his studies he also worked as assistant conductor for the Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra.

            Since October 1993 he has been studying conducting at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Art „Mozarteum“ in Salzburg, Austria in the classes of Michael Gielen and Denis Russel Davis, where he obtained the Diploma in conducting (Magister Artium) in June 1997.

            In 1994 he was awarded the „Special Prize for young conductors of the Debrecen Philharmonic Orchestra“(voted by the musicians of the orchestra).

Until now he has performed as guest conductor with the Youth Orchestra of Thessaloniki „Dimitris Mitropoulos“ (Thessaloniki Spring Festival 1996), the orchestra of the Academy of Music and Dramatic Art „Mozarteum“ in Salzburg, Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra, Athens Symphony Orchestra, State Symphony Orchestra of Thessaloniki, State Symphony Orchestra of Athens, Pazardzhik, Vratza and Vidin Symphony Orchestras (Bulgaria), Bacau Symphony Orchestra, Dnipropetrovsk Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Charkovo Opera, Sudeten Philharmonic of Waldrych and the Nürnberg Symphony Orchestra.

Over the academic period 2000 – 2001 he worked as a Professor of Musicology and Theoretical Studies at the Music Department of the Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki.

He has been the permanent Conductor at the City of Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra since August 2001, and its Principal Conductor and Artistic Director since September 2005.

      Throughout his career he has worked with distinguished soloists like Cheryl Studer, Paul Badura – Skoda, Kostas Kotsiolis, Dimitris Sgouros, various soloists of the National Opera – House etc. His repertory stretches from the Baroque to the 20th century, specializing to the 19th century romantic repertoire (Sibelius, Bruckner, Richard Strauss a.o.).

John  Kyosev

John Vladimirov Kyosev  was born on 08.15.1994 in Sofia, after the completion of the National School of Music “L.Pipkov” from September 2013 John IV year student at the “Professor. Pancho Vladigerov “in the class of Prof. oboe. Spiro Petkov.

Since 2008 is part of the spiritual trio, led by Mr. Rosen Idealov, which in April 2011 won III prize at the IX International Competition for German and Austrian music “MAGIC” in Bourgas and reached the final round of the international competition “Concertino Praga”.

In April 2014 John debuted as a soloist and since then has regularly soloist with many orchestras, performing at various concerts, participate in tours abroad attended master classes and has numerous appearances as leader of the group in concerts of the Symphony Orchestra of the BNR, Sofia Opera and ballet, Pleven Philharmonic orchestra, Philharmonic orchestra Plovdiv, Academic Symphony orchestra of the AMM and others.

In April 2016 he won first prize and gold medal in the third age group, oboe, of XXV National Competition “Obretenov” in the city. Provadia.

Currently manifests professionally as first oboe in Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra conducted of maestro Gregory Palikarov.

Tsvetomir  Kotzev   

Born 22.04.1995 in Vratsa, after the completion of the National School of Music “L.Pipkov” from September 2013 Tsvetomir is student at the “Professor Pancho Vladigerov “in the class of Prof. Sava Dimitrov

Since 2008 he is part of the trio, led by Mr. Rosen Idealov, which in April 2011 won III prize at the IX International Competition for German and Austrian music “MAGIC” in Burgas and reached the final round of the international competition “Concertino Praha”.

In April 2010 Tsvetomir debuted as a soloist and has since been soloist with many orchestras, performing at various concerts, participate in tours abroad attended master classes and has numerous appearances as leader of the group.

In April 2012 he won first prize and gold medal in the third age group, majoring in clarinet of the National Competition for Bulgarian music – Burgas and national competition “Diko Iliev” – Vratsa.

Currently playing professionally as first clarinet at the State Opera Ruse .

Theodore Dimitrov

Theodore Stanisławów Dimitrov was born in Plovdiv on February 17, 1995. He studied at the Academy “Prof.. Pancho Vladigerov”.

He has won awards from national competitions for instrumentalists and singers

“Svetoslav Obretenov” – Provadia 2012 and 2016 (first prize); from “Saksoniada” – Germany (Second Prize) competition for German and Austrian music MAGIC Burgas 2015 (first prize) and competition for German and Austrian music to NMA (third prize). He has been a soloist with the Academy Symphony Orchestra AMM and other chamber ensembles.

Petar Kalvachev

Petar Alexandrov Kalvachev was born 16.01.1989g. in Plovdiv.. His musical education began in 2000. in Secondary Music School (now National School of Music and Dance) ,, Dobrin Petkov “c. Plovdiv in the class of bassoon Sotir Iliev.

In 2008-2013g. graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree degrees ,, “and ,, Master” at the National Music Academy ,, prof. Pancho Vladigerov “in the class of Prof. bassoon. Marin Valchanov and Assist Prof. Alexander Sarandev. To date was included in the program Specialization, „ Professor at NMA. Pancho Vladigerov “- city. Sofia.

In 2006 Participate in Competition for German and Austrian music  in Burgas  city of category “Chamber Music” and receive a certificate of participation.

In 2014 won second prize at the National Competition for Bulgarian Music ,, Obretenov “city. Provadia.