Program in December 2017

December 07, 2017 /thurday/   18.30 hours       Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”

Conductor: Seungwon Kim (South Korea)                  Soloist: Jayoung Yoo  – piano (South Korea)



L. van Beethoven – St. Egmont, op.84

W.A. Mozart – Concert № 26, K. 537 “Coronation”

A.Dvorak – Symphony No. 7, op.70




Seungwon  Kim

Seungwon Thomas Kim was born in 1983 in Daegu, South Korea. At the age of seven, he began his piano and violin education. From 1997 to 2001 he was a chamber musician in the Catholic Church “St. Kimdaegun “in South Korea. In the years 1999 and 2000 he won the State Youth Competition as a violinist. He also completed a major in composition from 1999 to 2001 at the GeyongBuk Music High School. In 2001 he won the Composition Competition at YoungNam University. After his state military service, he began his composition studies at KyungWon University with Prof. HyeSung Lee. Since 2010 he has been studying orchestral conducting with Prof. Uros Lajovic and Prof. Johannes Wildner at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. In 2011, he participated in a performance seminar with Maestro Karolos Trikolidis in Greece, where the “City of Thessaloniki Orchestra” awarded him the First Prize. From 2014 to 2016 he was the editor of the oldest South Korean music publisher “Hyundai Music”. In the article series “Interview from Vienna”, he held monthly talks with famous Austrian musicians, educators and instrument makers and presented them in South Korea. In 2016 he took part in a masterclass with Prof. Lajovic in Dubrovnik and conducted the “Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra”. He had his opera debut with Madame Butterfly at the “Stara Zagora Opera House” in Bulgaria in November 2016. In 2017 he participated in a masterclass with Maestro Marc Albrecht in Vienna. In June 2017, on the occasion of his conducting diploma, he was selected to conduct the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra in the Great Hall of the Musikverein Wien.


Jayoung Yoo

Jayoung Yoo was born on 11.09.1989 in Republic of Korea. In 2012 she had a Bachelor’s degree from Chung-Ang University in Republic of Korea and in 2014 she had a Master’s degree from College of Music and Dance Cologne in Germany. In 2017 she completed a postgraduate course at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna by Prof. Roswitha Heintze.
Jayoung Yoo won first prizes at the 3rd International Piano Competition “Harmony 2015”, at the 13th International Piano Competition “Luigi Zanuccoli” and at the 4th International Chamber music competition “Don Vincenzo vitti”. She won the second prize at the Long Island College of Music Competition. In addition, she was a semi-finalist at the 17th International Music Competition Osaka in Austria.
As a pianist, she assisted Prof. Sophia Bart as accompanist for master class. In 2015 she participated at the Euromusic Festival in Halle(Salle) Germany and at the Summer Academy in Mozarteum Salzburg Austria.
She performed by Chopin etudes, Russian music under the title “Russian Blue” and toccatas by different composers in Republic of Korea. And she performed also in Zurich Swiss, Bettona Italy, Cologne, Halle, Erkrath, Wuppertal Germany.
In Vienna she performed chamber music at the Metal hall in Viennese Music Association and piano recital at Mozart House. In 2017 she performed by Friedrich Gulda under the title “… on the way to Friedrich Gulda” at Blüthner Zentrum Vienna.




December 19, 2017 /tuesday/   18.30 hours       Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”



Alexander Ivanov – violin                                                         Theodora Atanasova – cello



J. Brahms – Concerto for violin, violoncello and orchestra, op. 102

L. van Beethoven – Symphony No. 2, op.36



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.



           Alexander Ivanov

Alexander Ivanov was born in 1993. in Sofia. Only 5 years of age began violin lessons with the prominent pedagogue Peter Arnaudov. In 2000 he was admitted to NMU “L. Pipkov “- Sofia in his class. Since 2006 continues his violin training with Professor Yosif Radionov at the National Academy of Music “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov “where, in 2017, Master’s Degree.  He took part in the master classes of St. Roussev, K. Mardirosyan, St. Kamilarov, V. Parashkevov, D. Brachkova, B. Vidal, A. Gavrilovichi, G. Lipkind, Alban Berg Quartet, Talich Quartet, Ysaÿe Quartet, Aviv Quartet ), Johannes Meisel (Artis Quartet) and others.  Alexander was a soloist of Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonnette – Sofia, Academic Symphony Orchestra, Symphonie Vidin, Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra, Dianopolis Orchestra, Student Symphony Orchestra, Pioneer Philharmonic Orchestra, Junge Zürcher Harmoniker. As a soloist and chamber musician there are recitals in Bulgaria, Germany, Austria, France, Turkey, Hungary, Russia, Switzerland, Italy, Poland and others. He has numerous awards from national and international competitions and has also participated in most of the major Bulgarian music festivals. From 2017. Alexander was invited to the pride of the Goleminov String Quartet, where he played with Emil Boshev, Ognyan Konstantinov and Hristo Tanev.



       Theodora Atanasova

Teodora Atanasova was born in Plovdiv in 1993. She started playing cello at the age of 9, and two years later she was admitted to NUMT “Dobrin Petkov” – Plovdiv, where she is part of the violoncello class of Julia Markovska. From 2012 is a student in the class of Prof. Anatoli Krastev at the National Academy of Music “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov “where, in 2016, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree. In 2017  she graduated her master’s degree in Chief Class. Prof. Atanas Krastev.

During her years Teodora has won many awards from national and international competitions and has been awarded a diploma by the Ministry of Culture for high creative achievement in two consecutive years – and in 2012.   The young violoncellist participated in the master classes of Claudio Bochorzez, Romen Gariu, Dennis Severin, Georg Bach, Konraddin Brockback, Anton Niculescu, Vladimir Perlin, Mats Lydstrom, Alvaro Huertas, Dilyana Momchilova, Kalina Krasteva and others.   In 2009, Teodora makes her concert debut as a soloist of the symphony orchestra of NUMTI “D. Petkov “. From 2011 he has performed concerts as a soloist at the Orkestrani Orchestra in the cities of Ponte di Piave and Oderzo, Italy, and also at the State Opera – Plovdiv, Academy of Music Academy “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov “- Sofia, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Shoumen, Rousse and Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. With these orchestras she performs concerts from Bokerini (B dur), Haydn, Schumann, Elgar, Saint-Sals (a moll), Lalo, Dvorak, and Kol Nidrei from Bruch.Teodora is actively involved with chamber music and also plays a number of orchestral projects.