SOFIA SOLOISTS

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24 January 2024
19:00

Bulgaria Hall
Sofia

A. Schnittke - Concerto for piano and strings
L. V. Beethoven - String quartet op. 130/133 original version with Grosse Fuge

soloist :
Plamena Mangova - piano

9 February 2024
19:00

Sofia City Art Gallery
Sofia

A. Fol - Stringplay
L. Denev - Fantasia for Clarinet and strings
S. Taneev - Canzona for Clarinet and strings
B. Bartok - Romanian folk dances

soloist :
Rosen Idealov - clarinet

21 February 2024
19:00

Bulgaria hall
Sofia

L. V. Beethoven - String quartet op. 95 "Serioso"
J. S. Bach - Piano concerto BWV 1052 in d moll
A. Dvorak - Serenade for strings op. 22

soloist :
Milena Mollova - piano

3 March 2024
19:00

Bulgaria hall
Sofia

Music by Georgi Andreev

20 March 2024
19:00

Bulgaria hall
Sofia

D. Tabakova - Insight
J. Haydn - Cello concerto in D dur
D. Tabakova - Concerto for Cello and strings

soloist :
Atanas Krastev - cello

22 March 2024
19:00

OKI Krasno selo
Sofia

A. Corelli - Sarabanda, Giga and Badinerie
L. W. Beethoven - Piano concerto No. 6 op. 61a in D dur

soloist :
Meehyun Ahn - piano

28 March 2024
19:00

Theatre Hall
Ruse

А. Schönberg - Verklärte Nacht, оp.4
А. Schnittke - "Moz-Art à la Haydn" for two violins and strings
W. А. Мozart - Symphony concertante for violin and viola, КV364

soloists :
Mincho Minchev - violin and viola
Nikolay Minchev - violin

17 April 2024
19:00

Bulgaria hall
Sofia

D. Shostakovich - Chamber symphony op. 110a
D. Shostakovich - Symphony No. 14 op. 135

15 May 2024
19:00

Bulgaria hall
Sofia

F. Couperin - Pièces en concert for Cello and strings
I. Stravinsky - Suite Italienne from "Pulcinella" ballet, arr. by B. Wallfisch
P. Vasks - Concerto No. 2 "Klātbūtne"

soloists :
Alexander Dimitrov - cello
Plamena Girginova - soprano

19 June 2024
19:00

Bulgaria hall
Sofia

Music byMilcho Leviev and George Gershwin

THE ORCHESTRA

The Orchestra

 

Sofia Soloists is one of the oldest European Chamber Orchestras. The orchestra was established in 1962 by a group of young musicians from Sofia Opera in Bulgaria. Their first concert in March 1962, conducted by Michail Angelov, attracted the immediate interest and sympathy of the Sofia audience. Soon afterwards they began touring abroad.

Three conductors have played an important part in the orchestra’s development and in the creation of their very special sound: Vassil Kazandjiev (1964- 1978), Emil Tabakov (1979-1988), Plamen Djouroff (1988-2022) and the current conductor Konstantin Dobroykov, who has directed the orchestra since 2022. These long musical relationships have been a significant factor in the orchestra’s growth.

For 60 years The Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra has performed over 3500 concerts all over the world. They began by delighting audiences at major festivals in Germany and France, and today enjoy great popularity at many other European festivals such as San Sebastian and Santander (Spain), Zagreb and Dubrovnik (Croatia), Città di Castello (Italy), Louvain (Belgium), Bergen (Norway).

The ensemble has toured many countries, mainly in Europe, but also the United States which have visited ten times; 3 tours of South America; 14 tours of Japan; 7 of Korea; India, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Australia.

They have performed in many prestigious venues: New York’s Carnegie Hall; London’s Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Herkulessaal - Munchen, the Salle Gaveau - Paris, Concertgebouw - Amsterdam, Palau de la Musica - Barcelona, Seoul Art Centre, the Sydney Opera House - Australia and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Bunkakaikan and Art Space Centre, as well as the Osaka Symphony Hall.

In 2011 Sofia Soloists participated at first time in the Middle-East, region hitherto unknown. The orchestra has an honor to open the most prestigious festival in the Middle-East: “Al Bustan Festival ”- Beirut, Lebanon. Then they participated in a festival in Alger - Algeria.

Among the names of the internationally renowned musicians of the past, who have performed with the orchestra are those of Henryk Szeryng, Daniil Shafran and Nicanor Zabaleta. In recent times they have worked with Emmanuel Pahud, Nigel Kennedy, HeinzHolliger, Patrick Gallois, Albrecht Breuninger, David Walter, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Sergei Nakariakov, Radek Baborák etc.

The orchestra has more than 600 works in its repertoire, ranging from baroque to contemporary music. They have premiered over 100 works, some of them written especially for them. Their discography comprises over 60 CDs, with many of them available online through Amazon, Naxos and ArkivMusic. Some of their most brilliant repertoire has been published by Sony Classical-BMG, Harmonia Mundi, Columbia, Denon, Decca, Centaur Records, SABA, Victor and Gega New.

In 2004 Sofia Soloists recorded a CD, named ”Bulgarian soul” with famous Bulgarian mezzo soprano Vesselina Kasarova and produced by Sony Classical-BMG, which won the big prize of ECHO in classical

 

MUSICIANS

FIRST VIOLIN

Yordan Dimitrov

Yordan Dimitrov

Concertmaster

Emil Boshev

Emil Boshev

First violin

Jetchko Petkov

Jetchko Petkov

First violin

Evgeny Nikolov

Evgeni Nikolov

First violin

SECOND VIOLIN

Stoimen Peev

Stoimen Peev

Leader of Second Violins

Nikola Nikolov

Nikola Nikolov

Second Violin

Momchil Enchev

Orlin Tzvetanov

Second Violin

Orlin Tzvetanov

Ivailo Danailov

Second Violin

VIOLA

Ognyan Konstantinov

Ognyan Konstantinov

Leader of Violas

Kiril Hristov

Viktor Mitsev

Viola

Todor Mitrov

Todor Mitrov

Viola

CELLO & BASS

Dimitar Tenchev

Dimitar Tenchev

Leader of Cellos

Todor Georgiev

Boris Radilov

Cello

Tzvetomir Lazarov

Tzvetomir Lazarov

Bass

CONDUCTOR

Conductor

KONSTANTIN DOBROYKOV is the Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the “Sofia Soloists” Chamber ensemble since 2022. Between 2013–2022 he was the Principal Conductor as well as part of the management team of State Opera Plovdiv. Since 2016, he is also the Principal Conductor of Sofia Record Factory and in 2021 he received a Grammy nomination as the conductor of one of the company’s released albums. 2018 marks Konstantin Dobroykov’s debut with the Sofia Philharmonic, and since 2016 he is also a regular guest-conductor of the National Radio Symphony Orchestra–Sofia. In 2014 he established a close relationship with State Philharmonic Košice, where he has guest-conducted numerous concerts in 4 consecutive seasons. Konstantin Dobroykov has also conducted the Radio Symphony Orchestra-Bratislava, as well as the leading chamber ensemble of Slovakia – Sinfonietta Bratislava. Between 2011–2013, he was the Assistant Conductor of the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra.

Born into a family of musicians, Konstantin Dobroykov started his musical education at the age of six at the “Dobrin Petkov” School of Music in Plovdiv, where he currently teaches Orchestral Studies and conducts the Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from Idyllwild Arts Academy in 2003, he studied Percussion and Orchestral Conducting at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. In 2010, Konstantin Dobroykov received a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from University of North Carolina: School of the Arts. The following three years he spent studying for his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting at Boston University. Konstantin Dobroykov furthered his studies in a Masterclass with the distinguished conductor Daniele Gatti in 2018.

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