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

B. Bartok - Intermezzo from Divertimento for strings
J. Haydn - Cello concerto in D dur
D. Tabakova - Concerto for Cello and strings

soloist :
Atanas Krastev - cello

23 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. It was founded in 1962 by a group of young musicians from the Sofia Opera in Bulgaria. Their first concert in 1962, conducted by Michail Angelov, attracted the immediate interest and sympathy of the Sofia audience and critics. Soon afterwards they began touring abroad.

Conductors, who have played an important part in the orchestra’s history, have each left their own imprint in its unique sound – Vassil Kazandjiev (1964-1978), Emil Tabakov (1979-1988), Plamen Djouroff (1988-2022) and the current conductor, Konstantin Dobroykov, who has been the orchestra’s Chief Conductor and Artistic Director since 2022. These long-term musical relationships have been a significant factor in the orchestra’s growth and development throughout its long history.

In the span of 62 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 in more recent years they have been celebrated at many European festivals such as San Sebastian and Santander (Spain), Zagreb and Dubrovnik (Croatia), Città di Castello (Italy), Louvain (Belgium), Bergen (Norway), among others.

The ensemble has toured numerous countries in Europe, as well as the United States – 3 tours in South America, 14 tours in Japan, 7 tours in South Korea, India, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and 1 in Australia.

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

In 2011 Sofia Soloists performed in the Middle-East for the first time. The orchestra had the honor to perform the opening concert of the most prestigious festival in the Middle-East: “Al Bustan Festival” in Beirut, Lebanon. Later, Sofia Soloists participated in a festival in Alger, Algeria.

Among the names of the internationally renowned musicians that have performed alongside with the Sofia Soloists so far are those of Henryk Szeryng, Daniil Shafran and Nicanor Zabaleta. In more recent times, they have worked with Emmanuel Pahud, Nigel Kennedy, Heinz Holliger, Patrick Gallois, Albrecht Breuninger, David Walter, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Sergei Nakariakov, Radek Baborák, among others.

The orchestra has more than 600 works in its repertoire, ranging from Baroque to Contemporary music. Sofia Soloists have premiered over 100 works, many of them written specifically for the orchestra. Their discography comprises over 60 CDs, many of them available online through Spotify, Amazon, Naxos and ArkivMusic. Some of their most brilliant repertoire has been published by major labels such as Sony Classical-BMG, Harmonia Mundi, Columbia, Denon, Decca, Centaur Records, SABA, Victor and Gega New.

In 2003, the Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra recorded a CD, named ”Bulgarian soul” with famous Bulgarian mezzo-soprano Vesselina Kasarova, produced by Sony Classical-BMG, which won the grand prize of ECHO Klassik (today Opus Klassik).

 

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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