Program in January 2018

43 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL – Winter musical evenings
“PROF. IVAN SPASOV “- Pazardzhik
January 25 – 28, 2018

January 25, 2018 /wednesday/   18.30 hours       Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”                         

                        Conductor:GRIGOR PALIKAROV                                              Soloist: Vesko Eschkenazy  – violin


Pancho Vladigerov – Bulgarian rhapsody “Vardar”

F. Mendelson – Concerto for violin and orchestra

 J. Verdi – Overture in the opera “King for a Day”

R. Schumann – Overtime, Scorzo and Final



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.


Vesko Eschkenazy

“Vesko Eschkenazy is a brilliant violinist” – remarked the De Telegraaf in November 2000, one of the largest dailies in the Kingdom of Netherlands, after his interpretation of the Violin Concerto No. 1 by Szymanowski with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Eschkenazy has been its concertmaster since the beginning of the 1999/2000 season.

Born into a Bulgarian Jewish family in 1970, Vesko Panteleev Eschkenazy became a child prodigy in the field of music when he appeared as an orchestra leader. At 11 years old, he went on to become the concertmaster of the youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Prof. Vladi Simeonov. He is a graduate of the L. Pipkov National Music School in Sofia and of the P. Vladiguerov State Music Academy where he studied violin with Angelina Atanassova and Prof. Petar Hristoskov.

In 1990, Vesko Eschkenazy left Bulgaria for London and completed a two-year master’s degree for solo performers with Prof. Ifrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music, and received a Solo Recital Diploma – 1992. He is a laureate of the International Violin Competitions “Wieniawski”, Beijing and Carl Flesch in London. He performs extensively in Europe, USA, South America, India, China and takes part in the festivals Midem in Cannes, Montpellier and Atlantic – France, the Music Festivals in Nantes and Rheims, the New Year Music Festival in Sofia, Varna Summer and Apolonia.

Vesko Eschkenazy has performed as soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Mexico City Symphony, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Bach Chamber Orchestra – Berlin to name a few. He has taken part in concerts alongside Montserrat Caballe, Plácido Domingo, Alexis Weissenberg, Yuri Bashmet, and Mstislav Rostropovich and has played under the direction of Mariss Jansons, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, Kurt Masur, Sir Colin Davis, Carlo-Maria Giulini, Seiji Ozawa, and Emil Tchakarov.

Since the summer of 2000 Vesko Eschkenazy has been playing a Guarneri del Gesu violin from 1738, the property of an anonymous sponsor in The Netherlands.



January 28, 2018 /sunday/   18.30 hours       Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”

   Conductor:  Adam Klocek     

    Soloist: Emanuel Salvador – – violin



Ya Sibelius – Concerto for violin and orchestra, op 47

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A. Dvorak – Symphony No. 9, op.95


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Adam Klocek

Adam Klocek studied in Cologne and in Berlin in B. Pergamenschikov’s class. He is the winner of international competitions, among others in Cologne, Munich and New York. He plays the cello constructed by Antonio Stradivari in 1717. The artist released three records and recorded for TV and radio stations throughout Europe. He gives many concerts in European countries as well as in Asia and America. He was invited as a guest to a cello symposium in Essen with participation of Mścisław Rostropowicz. The artist’s position on international music market was confirmed by putting his name on the prestigious list “Ten Top Cellists 2000” published by the magazine “Bow&String”.

Adam Klocek is also a prominent conductor. Nowadays he is General Manager and Chief – conductor of the Kalisz Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland). The orchestra under his baton won a Grammy Award in 2014. He is also Artistic Manager and conductor of Czestochowa Philharmonic orchestra – Poland and guest-conductor of many orchestras all over the world.


Emanuel Salvador

Born in 1981, Emanuel Salvador has already performed as a soloist and chamber musician in many important venues including St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Southwark Cathedral (London), Hamamatsu concert hall (Japan), Philharmonic Hall (Uralsk – Kazakhstan), Gulbenkian Auditório 2, Rivoli Theatre and Centro Cultural de Belém (Portugal), Codarts’ Muziksaal (Rotterdam), Teatro Universitario UANL and Teatro Ocampo (Mexico), Adana Symphony Hall (Turkey), Cracow Philharmonic Hall and Lutoslawski Concert studio, Warsaw (Poland), Auditório Nacional and Centro de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música (Spain), Voronezh and Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Halls (Russia), Sto. António Church (Rome), Palatin Kulturzentrum and Fruchthalle (Germany); Manoel Theatre (Malta), Jiangxi Arts Centre (China). He has been awarded several prizes such as: first prize at Isolde Menges (RCM) and Beckenham Festival competitions; Barbirolli Memorial and Wolfson Foundation Award; second prize at Jovens Músicos competition; Honours Mention at Júlio Cardona International Competition – Portugal; Gulbenkian Foundation Scholarship (2000-2003); Instituto Camões Grants (2008-2009).

In 1999 Emanuel graduated from Artave (a specialist music school) as the best student of the year. During this time he studied with Costa Santos, Sergei Aroutiounian and Yakow Marr. He then moved to London, where he got a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (studying with Professor John Glickman) and a Master’s Degree in Advanced Performance at the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Dr. Felix Andrievsky. Other professors with whom Emanuel studied include Ulf Hoelscher, Alberto Lysy, Vadim Brodsky, David Takeno, Gerardo Ribeiro and Ilya Grubert.

As a concerto soloist Emanuel has played with Sinfónica de Brasília, Sinfônica da Bahia, Sinfonica do Espirito Santo; Çukurova State Symphony, Baskent chamber orchestra, Sinfonica UANL, Camara de Morelos and Mexican Radio Chamber Orchestra; Dnipropetrovsk Symphony, Bialystok, Lublin, Sudecka, Lomza, Opole, Kalisz and Polish National Youth Philharmonics; Rotterdam Ensemble, Orchestra da Camara Fiorentina, Voronezh Symphony, Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic, Pazardhzik Symphony, City of Thessaloniki, Newbury Symphony and Nuova Amadeus orchestras, Orquestra do Norte, Clássica da Madeira; under Natalia Ponomorchuk, Byron Fidetzis, Adam Klocek, Mark Kadin, Juan Carlos Lomonaco, Ferreira Lobo, Carlos Prazeres, Roberto Beltran, Grigor Palikarov, Philippe Bender, Boguslaw Dawidow, Felix Carrasco, Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach, Federico Garcia Vigil, and Bartosz Zurakowski.

His festival appearances include Usedomer Musik Festival (Germany), Gaia International and Encontros da Primavera (Portugal), Proms in St. Judes and Ampthill (U.K.), International Spring Orchestra Festival (Malta), Winter Nights (Bulgaria), Eternal Spring Chamber Music Festival (Mexico), Guimaraes European Capital of Culture 2012 and Musicales en Tricastin (France). Some of his performances have been recorded for the Portuguese Radio, Polish Radio and NDR radio. Emanuel is the artistic director of Baltic Neopolis Festival in Poland since 2015.

The Violin Concerto by Joaquim dos Santos, was written for, and premiered by Emanuel in Italy and Portugal. The recording of the premiere was released in 2005. Karl Fiorini´s Violin Concerto, also written for Emanuel, was premiered in Rotterdam, Portugal, Malta and recorded for Divine Art label for wide critical acclaim.

Emanuel is an active chamber musician and has studied in masterclasses with Bernard Greenhouse (Beaux Arts), Florestan and Peabody trios and the Borodin, Takacs and Vellinger Quartets. He was a founder member of the Vianna da Motta Piano Trio, with whom he performed extensively in the U.K. and Portugal and recorded a CD for Centro Atlântico label. In 2003, he formed a violin and harp Duo with Ieuan Jones, playing regularly in the U.K. He is the artistic director and first violinist of Guimarães String Quartet.

After a 10-year tenure as concertmaster of Orquestra do Norte in Portugal (2005-2015), Emanuel was appointed concertmaster at Baltic Neopolis Chamber Orchestra in Poland. As a guest concertmaster Emanuel played with Spanish National Orchestra, Czestochowa Philharmonic and Seoul Classical Players (South Korea).

He plays on a tonal copy of a Guarnerius del Gesu, by Martin Schleske (Munich, 2004), which he acquired with the help of a Loan Fund for Musical Instruments’ grant. Emanuel is a D’Addario artist.