Program in March 2018

March 15, 2018 /thurday/   18.30 hours    

  Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”




             Stoimen Peev – violin                                        Kristiana Mihaylova – cello                     Vasily Ilissavsky – piano / Russia /



L. van Beethoven – Triple concerto for violin, cello, piano and rchestra, to major, op.56

P. Il. Chaykovski – Symphony No. 3, major, op.29



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.



 Born 1988 won the first competitions as a student at the music school (Varna) in the class of Antoaneta Ilieva. Among them are the competitions in Provadia – “Svetoslav Obretenov”, Haskovo – “Nedyalka Simeonova”, Varna – “Dobri Hristov” and participated in the program of “Concerthaus” – Vienna.

 He graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” in the class of Prof. Ginka Gichkova. During the period of study he became a laureate of academic and international competitions, among which were Pancho Vladigerov – Shumen, Emil Kamilarov – Sofia.

 From 2011 is concertmaster in chamber ensemble “Sofia Soloists”. Soloist of a number of orchestras in the country and abroad. As a soloist of the ensemble, he has performed several world premieres of modern works. There are numerous recordings at the Bulgarian National Radio accompanied by an orchestra or piano, including premieres, as well as multiple broadcasts on the Bulgarian National Television. From 2014 is the first violinist of the Sofia Quartet at the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra.



He graduated from the Music School in Burgas and from the State Academy of Music “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” with violoncello under Prof. B. Karakonov. Degree Bachelor and Master. Specialization -2013-2014 at NBU with Hristo Tanev. During his studies he is a soloist of the Academic Orchestra of DMA-Sofia, Bourgas Philharmonic Orchestra and is a laureate of a number of competitions.

Celtic Master Classes by Robert Cohen, Young Chang Cho, Prof. Peter Buk – Cellist of Melos Quartet, Prof. Laszlo Mesyo – Cellist of Bartok Quartet, Wolf-Tisbierek (Lübeck), Ksenia Jankovic, Martina Schukan (Zurich) Willencourt, Stefan Popov, Lili Bairova – Schulz, Ventsislav Nikolov.

Participant in festivals – Oberstdorf (Germany), Prague-Vienna-Budapest (Austria), International Festival “Music Days in Balabanov’s House” (Plovdiv) “Apolonia” (Sozopol).

Master courses in chamber music with prominent musicians and lecturers from the Prague, Mosaic, Vienna, Bartok, Keller and Melos quartets.Develops active chamber activity. Concerts with musicians such as Andrew Mariner, Maria Prinz, Vasily Ilissavsky, Alexis Kosenko, Elizabeth Pitkerner and others. He is honored to perform in the partnership of Nigel Kennedy – Handel – Pasakalia for violin and cello.Kristiana Mihaylova successfully combines her career as a soloist, chamber musician and develops a varied orchestral activity. Since 2008 he has been part of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. The period 2006 – 2011 – Symphonic Orchestra of the Kijana Summer Academy in Siena. Concertmaster of the violoncellos at the Classic FM Radio Orchestra – from 2002 until now. Founder of the Classic String Quartet and ensemble.



“… A special, inspired musician and listening to his play is pure pleasure …” – wrote Martha Argerich about the pianist and the Hammerklavirist Vasily Ilisavsky. The St. Petersburg musician, currently living in Bulgaria, uses mainly historical pianos in his concerts – not only the Hammerklavier, but any instrument that corresponds to the era and style of the composer. He plays Ravel on Erar in 1885, Schubert and Schumann on Fritz in 1825, Haydn on Stein in 1788 and Scriabin on a Russian piano with English mechanics.

Becoming the laureate of the First international competition named after. Prokofiev in St. Petersburg in 1992, Vasily received his first engagement and has since become a frequent visitor in the St. Petersburg halls. Repeatedly performed with the orchestra of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. During the same period, for several seasons, he collaborated with the ensemble of ancient music “Ars consoni” as a harpsichord player. In 1995, Vasily received a scholarship for an internship in Stuttgart (Germany) from the famous Austrian pianist of Russian origin, Oleg Maisenberg. Over the next few years he often performed in duet with cellist K. Kravtsov and made several recordings with him for German radio companies (NDR, SWR, Bavarian radio). In 1997, Vasily became a laureate of the Clara Schumann Competition in Düsseldorf.

In the late 90’s again came very close to the historical instruments, this time the pianoforte (Hammerklavier). This subject was studied in Trossingen (Germany) under the direction of Eckart Zelheim – one of the pioneers of German authentic pianism, as well as the authoritative Dutch specialist Barth van Oort in Antwerp.
His concert activities are mainly in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Russia, Bulgaria; he plays, as a rule, on three models of historical pianos, as well as on modern models. Vasily participated in the festivals of Monteverdi (Belgium), Oberstdorf (Germany), Linschotene (The Netherlands) and conducted in the 2005-06 season lectures, concerts and seminars dedicated to the historical pianoforte, at the conservatories of Oslo, Sofia and St. Petersburg. In 2006 he gave concerts and masterclasses at the festivals “Earlymusic” (Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod), “Sofia musical weeks”, “Varna summer”, “Apollonia” (Bulgaria), in Schumannhaus (Zwickau, Germany) and recorded 2 discs for the Brilliant Classics with the Belgian clarinetist Vlad Weberberg. In 2008, the recording of all four-handed works by Clementi (on Quintone, Holland) with Galina Draganova was published.
Coordinator of the programs of the Early Music Foundation and the festival ppIANISSIMO (Bulgaria). Since 2010 he has been conducting a seminar on historical performance in the Sofia Music Academy.
He participated in several theater projects as a musician, actor and musical director.



March 29, 2018 /thurday/   18.30 hours    

  Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”


                                                  Conductor: Andrea Vitello (Italy)                                                              Soloist: Roberto Prosseda – piano (Italy)



F. A. Fano – Introduction and Allegro for piano and orchestra

S. Omizzolo – Concerto for piano and orchestra

L. van Beethoven – Symphony No. 5, op.67


Andrea Vitello

Andrea Vitello performed in some of the most important halls around the world, such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Seul Art Center, Petruzzelli Theater in Bari, Sala Verdi in Milan and many more. His discographic debut, with Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, featuring Anna Clementi, has raised international critics enthusiastic attention and is now considered as a “One must have”.

He collaborates with several institutions such as Festival “Musica Viva” in Belem (Portugal), the Venice Biennale, “Pomeriggi Musicali” Orchestra in Milano, Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV, Tessaloniki Symphony Orchestra, Korea Soloist Orchestra, Argento Ensemble and the Soloists of  La Scala Opera House. A sensitive interpreter of the contemporary repertoire; he conducted the New York premiére of “The Bronze Age” by Tristan Murail and many world premiéres by authors such as Oliver Schneller, Andrea Portera and many more young composers. He conducted the first recording of Peter Eötvös Octet, on the podium of the “Soloists of La Scala” ensemble.


Roberto Prosseda

Born in Latina, Italy, in 1975, Prosseda took his first piano lessons from Anna Maria Martinelli and Sergio Cafaro. He then studied at the Piano Academy “Incontri col Maestro” of Imola with Alexander Lonquich, Boris Petrushansky and Franco Scala, and at the International Piano Foundation of Cadenabbia with Dmitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, William Grant Naboré, Charles Rosen, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Fou Ts’ong. After winning the most important prizes of the major piano competitions, including the “U. Micheli” in Milan, the “F. Schubert” in Dortmund, the “A.Casagrande” in Terni and the “WAMozart” in Salzburg, Prosseda he has performed successfully in over 40 countries in Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America.

Roberto Prosseda is the architect of an extraordinary rediscovery of some works by Mendelssohn. His company has made headlines throughout Europe and has earned him 3 releases with Decca Records. Piano magazine included his album “Mendelssohn Discoveries” (2005) in the ranking of the ten best interpretations of Mendelssohn’s music. “Mendelssohn Rarities” (2006) received excellent reviews from European and American music magazines, including the American Classicstoday (9 out of 9), the French Diapason (5 diapason), the Italian Amadeus (5 out of 5 and the recognition of the best CD of the month) and the German Fono Forum (5 out of 5).

Also his third album, the double CD “Lieder Ohne Worte”, has won the favor of the critics and has won the “Chamber Music CD” award of the month of the British magazine Classic FM. In 2009, the live recording that Prosseda made of Mendelssohn’s Third Piano Concerto, together with the Gewandhaus orchestra and Riccardo Chailly, won the “Diapason d’Or” of the month and the “CHOC de Classica”. In recent years Prosseda has reached its peak in some solo concerts including those at the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, for the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, at the Teatro La Fenice of Venice, at the Triennial of Cologne, at the Tchaikowsky Hall in Moscow.

In 2009 Prosseda made his debut as a soloist with orchestra with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Residentie Orkest in The Hague, the Flemish Radio Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The recordings he made with Decca Records include an album on Chopin and one on Schumann released in July 2010.