The Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra at the Opelika Center for the Performing Arts

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Date: March 4th, 2024
Time: 7:30 PM until 9:30 PM

Founded in 1892, and long recognized as one of Bulgaria’s leading cultural institutions, the Sofia Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Bulgaria, represents a wide range of the country’s classical and contemporary musical traditions. The orchestra’s high artistic achievements are easily recognized in its performance history of collaborations with such legendary conductors as Bruno Walter, Kurt Masur, Valery Gergiev, Neville Marriner, Charles Dutoit, and Marin Alsop. Among prominent soloists who have performed with the orchestra are Sviatoslav Richter, Alexis Weissenberg, Dmitri Shostakovich, Mstislav Rostropovich, Vladimir Spivakov, Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo, Sarah Chang, Maxim Vengerov, Angela Gheorghiu, and Joshua Bell.

Appointed as Director of the Sofia Philharmonic in 2017, Maestro Nayden Todorov has led the orchestra on tours that included all the major cities in China, performing the Disney “Star Wars In Concert” film events with live orchestra; the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna: the UNESCO Hall in Paris; and the Berlin Philharmonic Hall.

Nayden Todorov, Principal Conductor 

Throughout his artistic career, Nayden Todorov has proved himself with progressive ideas and active professional leadership. He studied orchestral conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, and shortly after his US debut, he was invited by the Israeli Leonard Bernstein Foundation to continue his studies at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem. A year later, he was appointed Director of the North Israel Symphony Orchestra in Haifa. 

Simeon Goshev, Piano 

Simeon Goshev is a Bulgarian pianist known for his vivid and exciting interpretations of 20th and 21st century piano repertoire, but is equally at home in the masterworks of the Classical and Romantic eras. He has had solo engagements in the Musikverein Vienna, Royal Theater in Warsaw, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa among others. His first solo CD, with Bulgarian piano music, was released in January 2022.


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