December 09, 2021 /Thursday/
18.30 hours Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”
Conductor: Lyubomir Denev – Junior
Soloist: Tsvetomir Radev – clarinet
W. A. Mozart – Overture to The Magic Flute
Carl Maria von Weber – Concertino for clarinet and orchestra, E flat major, Op. 26
L. Denev – “Unborn Maiden”
Lyubomir Denev Jr
Lyubomir Denev Jr (born in 1988) is a Bulgarian conductor and composer graduated with Master Degree from the National Academy of Music “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov”, Bulgaria in opera and symphony conducting. His teachers were Prof. Plamen Dzhurov, Maestro Deyan Pavlov – conducting, Ivan Drenikov – piano and Alexandar Tekeliev – orchestration. Lyubomir attended conducting master classes with Prof. Colin Metters and Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra as well as master classes with Martin Akerwall and Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra.
Since 2010 Denev has been a principal conductor of Pioneer Youth Philharmonic in Sofia. Since 2012 he has been a regular conductor of Sofia Session Orchestra, part of Four For Music LTD where Denev conducts a lot of soundtrack scores as well as contemporary music for USA, UK, France, India etc. Lyubomir has been a guest conductor in many orchestras in Bulgaria among them are the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, New Symphony Orchestra, Simfonietta Sofia, Vratsa Philharmonic, Vidin etc. As a guest conductor in the Ruse State Opera Lyubomir Denev conducted “La Traviata” by Verdi and “The Elixir of Love” by Donizetti. In 2012 Denev was appointed pianist at The National Opera and Ballet in Sofia where he was an assistant to Richard Trimborn for the Wagner’s “Twilight of the Gods”.
Denev had successful tours with Bulgarian orchestras in China, Hungary, Serbia, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria. Lyubomir is a conductor and one of the founders of Balkan Youth Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with Ministry of Education of Bulgaria, Foundation “Prof. Vladi Simeonov” and couple of Music Schools on the Balkan Peninsula.
Denev’s works and orchestrations have been performed in the USA (Miami University of Music), Germany (tours across the country 2008 – 2013), Bulgaria. Denev has the opportunity to conduct most of his own orchestral works, among them Concerto for Percussions and Symphony Orchestra, the soundtrack to “The Sign of the Bulgarian”, Oratorio for Shango, “The Embroidery” (Dance show) etc.
December 23, 2021 /Thursday/
18.30 hours Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”
Conductor: Grigor Palikarov
Soloist: Georgi Vasilev – piano
W.A. Mozart – Piano Concerto №17, G major, op.9, K.453
G. Rossini – Il Signor Bruschino Overture
J.Strauss – Pizzicato Polka
W.A. Mozart – Symphony No.32 in G major, K.318
Grigor Palikarov (born in 1971 in Plovdiv) graduated the National School of Music and Dance Art “Dobrin Petkov” – Plovdiv with the specialty of piano with excellent grades and golden badge award in 1990 and then he graduated the Music Academy “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” in Sofia with Master’s degrees in four majors: Opera and Symphony Conducting under Acad. V. Kazandzhiev and Prov. Iv. Vulpe; Composition under Prof. D. Tapkov, Piano – under Prof. Kr. Taskov and Choir Conducting under Prof. St. Kralev. He specialized in Composition within two summer courses in Austria with Prof. Erich Urbaner from Vienna University of Musical and Performing Arts.
His debut at the opera stage was when he was still a student (at the age of 22) and conducted Rigoletto in the opera theatres in Pleven and Stara Zagora.
His professional career as a conductor began in the Symphonic Orchestra of the Bulgarian Army Ensemble (1995 – 1997) and from 1997 to 1999 he was Chief Conductor of the Ensemble. In the meantime, he also took the position of conductor and chief artistic director of the renowned Youth Philharmonic “Pioneer” (1998 – 2003). His debut at the National Opera and Ballet Theatre – Sofia was in 1998 when he conducted a Gala Concerto of Gena Dimitrova by her personal request. Since 2001 he was appointed fulltime conductor of the opera and currently his repertoire includes more than 55 opera and ballet works. Since season 2005-2006 Grigor Palikarov is also the Chief Artistic Director and Conductor of the Symphonic-Opera Society at the National Music Academy “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” – Sofia.
At present, Grigor Palikarov is a frequent visiting conductor of a number of orchestras and opera theatres among which are: Symphonic Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio, Classic FM Orchestra – Sofia, of which he is also a permanent conductor since season 2008-2009, Sofia Philharmonic, Festival Orchestra – Sofia, the national Operas in Plovdiv, Burgas, Varna, Ruse and Stara Zagora, the Pleven Philharmonic, etc. A special place among his multiple conducting performances is occupied by the numerous studio records of various works with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio, along with his participations in prestigious national and international music festivals such as Sofia Music Weeks, March Music Days, Laureate Days “Katya Popova” – Pleven, Austrian Music Weeks, New Bulgarian Music, Winter Music Evenings – Pazardzhik, Opera and Ballet Festival – Varna, Contemporary Music Festival – Pula, Croatia, May Opera Nights – Skopje, Macedonia, Dyuni Festival – Matera, Italy, etc. In October 2014, Grigor Palikarov had two concertos with the orchestra of Classic FM Radio at the prestigious Alte Oper (Frankfurt am Mein) from the programme of the festival of European Culture Days organized by the European Central Bank.
Grigor Palikarov regularly performs abroad in countries like Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxemburg, Russia, the USA, Slovenia, Greece, Poland, the Ukraine, Taiwan, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Portugal, Mexico, Korea, Japan, Uruguay, etc. He has conducted the Royal Belgian Philharmonic – Brussels, the national Opera and Ballet – Ljubljana, Vienna Chamber Ensemble “New Tone”, Century Symphonic Orchestra – Taipei, Cleveland Opera – the USA where his debut was marked as one of the most important music events for 2009 in the state of Ohio, the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet – Russia, Yanacek Philharmonic – Czech Republic, Czestohowa Philharmonic and Varmino-Masuric Philharmonic – Poland, Symphonic Orchestra – Bari, national Orchestra (SODRE) and the National Choir of Uruguay, Magna Grecia Orchestra – Italy, Dnepropetrovsk Philharmonic, Yucatan Symphonic Orchestra and Monterey Symphonic Orchestra – Mexico, Thessaloniki Symphonic Orchestra, and many others.
Along with his activity as a conductor, Grigor Palikarov composes, performs in concerto playing the piano and teaches at the National Music Academy “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” where he successfully pursued his Ph.D. degree in Music Studies and Music Art in 2017. Some of his works are being performed at a number of festivals and have been recorded many times. He has won many national and international awards for his successful performance as a composer and pianist at the competitions “Svetosalv Obretenov”, “Albert Roussel”, The Music of the Earth, etc. Three-time laureate of the prestigious award Crystal Lyre of the Union of Bulgarian Musicians and Dancers – 2002, 2012, and 2017, as well as of the ward the Golden Feather.
Within two mandates, Grigor Palikarov has been the Chair of Mensa-Bulgaria – the branch of the worldwide organization of people with high IQ.