Program in September 2017

September 14, 2017 /thursday/   18.30 hours       Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”

 Conductor: Mark Gigliotti /Canada/                                                               Soloist: Elena Ganova – violin



L. van Beethoven – Concerto for violin D dur, op. 61

J. Brahms – Symphony No. 1 C moll, op. 68


Mark Gigliotti 

            Mark Gigliotti made his conducting debut at the Curtis Institute of Music in 1979. He studied conducting with Dutch conductor and teacher Kees Bakels, and former Philadelphia Orchestra Resident Conductor Luis Biava. He appears frequently as guest conductor in Bulgaria, recently conducting Bruckner Symphony No. 5 with the Plovdiv State Philharmonic. He has appeared frequently with the Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra, and has conducted concerts with the Bourgas State Opera Orchestra and the Pleven Symphony Orchestra. In 2007, he has been a finalist for the position of Assistant Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has conducted student and educational events for the Philadelphia Orchestra Education Department. Mr. Gigliotti has been Music Director and Conductor of the Lower Merion Symphony since 2005, and has been Resident Conductor of the Philadelphia International Music Festival since 2011. He has also has appeared as guest conductor with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, and the Luzerne Music Festival. Having been a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1982, he has performed with many of the great conductors of the 20th century, including Leonard Bernstein, Klaus Tennstedt, Sir Simon Rattle, and Eugen Jochum. He worked with Philadelphia Orchestra Music Directors Eugene Ormandy, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Riccardo Muti, and Yannick Nezet Segin, Philadelphia Orchestra Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit, frequent guest conductor Rafael Fruhbeck deBurgos, and many other giants of the music world. After graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music, Mark Gigliotti started his professional career as Solo Bassoonist with the Hague Philharmonic Orchestra in the Netherlands, and was Principal Bassoonist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, as well as many years as Co-Principal Bassoonist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, including performances with former Music Directors Riccardo Muti and Wolfgang Sawallisch, was soloist with the Hague Philharmonic with Music Director Hans Vonk. He was soloist with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, and recorded a solo CD with that orchestra in 2001. He has also been featured soloist with the Hilton Head Symphony, giving the local premier of John Williams’ “Five Sacred Trees”, and has appeared frequently with many of the orchestras in the Philadelphia area. He is a member of the Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble, and has performed frequently on the Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Music Series, and the Newport and Saratoga Chamber Music Festivals. Mr. Gigliotti has been on the faculty of the New School of Music, the College of New Jersey, and the Saratoga School of Orchestral Studies, and has coached chamber music at the Curtis Institute of Music. He is a frequent coach with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, teaches bassoon and conducting privately, and gives Master Classes in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America.


Elena Ganova

Elena Ganova began her musical journey at the age of 6, when she first touched a musical instrument – a violin. With the instructions of her teacher Alexi Draganov, she graduated from the National School of Arts in her home city of Rousse. During his school years he became the winner of the competitions in Shumen – “Pancho Vladigerov”, Bourgas – International Competition for German and Austrian Music, Ruse – International Competition “Franz Schubert” (chamber music).
Later on when he was accepted at the AMU “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov “in the class of Prof. Yosif Radionov, won awards from the competitions Provadia -” Svetoslav Obretenov “, Gotse Delchev -” The Children of Paganini “(violin and chamber music), as well as the violin academy in 2016. Laureate is The international violin contest in Haskovo “Nedyalka Simeonova” twice – as student and student.

She was a soloist of the symphony orchestras in Rousse, Razgrad, Pazardjik, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and the orchestra at the Academy. He graduated from a number of seminars and master classes with famous musicians from all over the world, violin, chamber music, baroque violin and viol.

In 2017, at the invitation of the Bulgarian embassy in France, Elena Ganova, together with two colleagues from AMA, performed a festive concert on the occasion of the day of Bulgarian education and culture in the embassy building in Paris.




September 21, 2017 /thursday/   18.30 hours       Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov” 

  Conductor: Eugeniy Chevkenov                                                           Soloist: Trifon Trifonfv – flute



W.A. Mozart – Adagio and fugue for strings K.546

J.S. Bach – Orchestral suite No. 2 BWV 1067

J. Haydn – Symphony No. 87 in A dur




Eugeniy Chevkenov

Eugeniy Chevkenov was born in a family with hundreds of years of music-tradition, which has it´s roots in 19th century. His father Vladimir Chevkenov was pianist, his mother Elena Baldjieva a famous opera singer and vocal professor. His musical inheritance goes back to his great-grandfather, Edgar Bluemel, a composer and conductor, who graduated with honors at the Vienna Music Academy, a contemporary of the late Johann Strauss, Johannes Brahms and Anton Bruckner.

Born 1971 in Plovdiv, he started to study violin at the age of 6, at 13 he gave his first solo-recital and played as a soloist with an orchestra.

At age 17 he won 1st prizes at both National Violin Competition and National Chamber Music Competition.

After studies in Sofia he continued his education in Vienna, where still a student he played several years in Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna Staatsoper.

Trifon Trifonfv

Trifon Trifonov was born in the town of Pazardzhik in 1965.

He graduated from the Secondary music school in Plovdiv and later from the Academy of  music, dance and fine arts – Plovdiv.

Since 1992 he has been a soloist at the “Maestro Georgi Atanasov” Symphony Orchestra, Pazardzhik.

From 2000 to 2002, he was a student at Ecole normale de musigue “Alfred Corlot” Paris with Professor Patricia Nagl.

He has made tours in Europe and Asia.