Program in March 2017

March 01, 2017 /Wednesday/

18.30 hours       Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”

Conductor: Anthony Armore(USA)            Soloist: Plamen Beikov-bass



G. Faure – Suite “Pelléas et Mélisande”, Op. 80

JK. Rossini – Aria of Don Basilio from Op. “The Barber of Seville”

“Veljko bayraktarin” – a Bulgarian folk song

Baruch Berliner – Symphonic Poem “Genesis” reader and orchestra / PM /


Anthony Armore

General manager and director of Blue Danube Musikimpresario, Anthony Armore, has a background as a symphonic and operatic conductor, professor, teacher and entrepreneur. Mr. Armore gained many of his impresario skills during his years as a conductor and music director in the United States, where he led a number of orchestras, including the Portland Chamber Orchestra, and was a founder and artistic director/conductor of the Ernest Bloch Music Festival at Newport. He later sharpened his impresario and business skills working with orchestras and opera companies in Europe (including three years as associate director and staff conductor for Opera Constanta in Romania), always keeping in mind the needs of a conductor in professional situations. Maestro Armore is currently the music director and chief conductor of the New Europe Symphony Orchestra based in Sofia, Bulgaria.


Plamen Beikov

Plamen Beykov was born in Svishtov. He graduated opera singing at the Royal College of Music – London and specializes in the famous Bulgarian singer Boris Christoff in Rome. For ten seasons Sally State opera-Rousse. As a concert and cantata and oratorio singer Plamen Beykov had their manifests in the most prestigious concert halls in Spain and Russia – scenes of Auditorio Nacionai – Madrid, Palau de la Musica Catalana and Teatro Liceu – Barcelona, ​​Hall “Tchaikovsky” International House of music – Moscow Chamber hall of the Moscow Conservatory “Tchaikovsky” Great Philharmonic hall – St. Petersburg, and in early 2017 and in the Philharmonic hall in Osaka – Japan and others.

March 09, 2017 / Thursday /

18.30 hours       Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”

Conductor: GRIGOR PALIKAROV            Soloist: Georgi Vasilev- piano



L. van Beethoven – Concerto for piano and orchestra № 3, Op. 37

J. Sibelius – Symphony № 3, Op. 52



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 Vasilev

Georgi Vasilev was a student in the tenth grade NMY “L.Pipkov” in  Sofia in the piano class of Mrs. Darina Kantardjieva. The young pianist is an annual participant in the International Festival “Winter Musical Evenings.” He has participated in concerts in Bulgaria and abroad as a soloist with the orchestra “Classic FM” under the baton of maestro Gregory Palikarov. He has won many awards at national and international competitions: “Young Virtuosos”, “Hopes talents, masters”, “Mila Mikhailova,” “Classics and Modernity” and others.



March 30, 2017 / Thursday /

18.30 hours       Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”

Conductor: Matsuo Takashi (Japan)           

Soloists: Fui Ayumi  piano (Japan)              Kurumado Yoshimi – piano (Japan)


L. van Beethoven – Overture “Egmont”

L. van Beethoven – Concerto for piano and orchestra № 5, Op. 73

Mozart – Concerto for piano and orchestra C dur, K.467