IMF Varna Summer 2019 - “Sofia Soloists” Ensemble Conductor Plamen Dzhurov Soloists Mincho Minchev – violin and Nikolai Minchev – violin
19:00  -  Aula of the University of Economics

“Sofia Soloists” Ensemble 

Conductor Plamen Dzhurov

Soloists Mincho Minchev – violin and Nikolai Minchev – violin

Mihail Goleminov – Four Pieces *
J.S. Bach – Concerto for two violins
Michael Tippett – Fantasia Concertante 
Giya Kancheli – A Little Danelliade *

*First performance in Varna

Sofia Soloists Ensemble

It is difficult to evaluate the merit of the Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble for the development of Bulgarian music culture: gramophone records /over 80/, tours all around the world, which have continued for more than half a century, numerous first performances of Bulgarian and foreign works from different periods.

The ensemble has worked with all outstanding Bulgarian musicians – composers, conductors, soloists. With some of them /M. Goleminov, K. Iliev, D. Petkov, F. Kutev, M. Mintchev, etc./ the relationship goes beyond the usual artistic collaboration. A number of Bulgarian pieces were composed especially for the ensemble. Among the conductors and soloists worked with the Soloists are the names of H. Schering, H. Holliger, D. Chafran, N. Zabaleta, P. Gallois, V. Katsarova, N. Kennedy, etc. Since 1988 Principal conductor of the ensemble has been Plamen Dzurov, who has adapted the ensemble’s traditions with the new situation in the music life. Occasionally the chamber string formation, consisting of 14 musicians, is joined by wind, brass and percussion instruments and under the name Sofia Soloists Music Association extends their repertoire from symphonies and concertos by Haydn and Mozart to works by Bartok, Shostakovich and others. Their recordings /for BMG-Germany, Denon, Balkanton, Gega and others/ sell on three continents. As addition to its repertoire variety, this season the Sofia Soloists Association is preparing the premiere of Chr. W. Gluck’s opera Orpheus.

Plamen Dzhurov graduated at the Music Academy of Sofia in three subjects: piano, conducting and composition. For six years he was conductor of the Pleven Philharmonic Orchestra. Later he toured with Bulgarian and foreign orchestras, among them – the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico, symphony orchestras of Havana, Flensburg, Saraevo, Skopje and Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1984 he specialized with Karl Oesterreicher at the Vienna Music Academy. Since 1988 he has worked with the Sofia Soloists. Among his numerous radio and TV recordings /over 300/ are series of first performances by Bulgarian and foreign composers, integrals of Bach’s piano concertos, integral panorama of literature for guitar and orchestra and more than 15 CDs. He has conducted hundreds of concerts with the Soloists in Europe, North America, Japan and Republic of Korea. At present he is a Professor in conducting at Pancho Vladigerov State Music Academy. As a composer he has devoted himself mostly to the instrumental genres: Elegy for Orchestra (1980); Toccata for Orchestra (1982); Fantasia for Orchestra (1985);Four Ballads, Cadenza for saxophone and Violine (1994).

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Prof. Mincho Minchev

The performing art of Mincho Minchev gained an international acclaim on four continents.
Since 1990 he has been a professor at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany, and since 2005 – a professor at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia, too. He has performed as soloist with RPO, LSO, BBC, London Mozart Players, St. Martin in the Fields, St. Goldsmith Orchestra, Radio Suisse Romana, Moscow Radio and Television, etc. He has appeared on the stage of Carnegie Hall (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington), Bolshoy Theater and Tchaikovsky Hall (Moscow), Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall (London), Herkules Saal (Munich), etc. 

He has played with many eminent conductors, among them Sir Charles Groves, Sir Nevil Mariner, Lenard Slatkin, Sir Alexander Gibson, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, etc. M. Mintchev has recorded for DECCA, Balkanton, Capriccio, Integral, WDR, Radio Sofia, Radio and Television Bucharest and Belgrade, Radio Geneva, etc. 
He has led violin master classes in Mexico, Cuba, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Slovakia, Japan, South Korea, Australia and has been a jury member at prestigious international competitions such as Carl Flesch (Great Britain), R. Lipitzer (Italy), Yfrah Neaman (Germany), Beethoven (Czech Republic), Jugend Musiziert (Germany), etc. In 1993 he won the Musician of the Year Prize, awarded by the Bulgarian National Radio and Award for significant contribution to Bulgarian culture for 2010.

Since 1993 he has been a President of the Pancho Vladiguerov Foundation and Chairman of the violin jury at the Pancho Vladiguerov International Piano and Violin Competition. For 17 years he has tutored a violin master classes in Arkutino with the support of St. Cyril and St. Methodius International Foundation. Art Director of the Varna Summer International Summer Academy.


Nikolai Mintchev 
Nikolai Mintchev graduated from the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany in the classes of Nana Yashvili and Mintcho Mintchev. In the period 2001-2003 he was a first concertmaster of Essen Philharmonic Orchestra of and since 2003 – a concertmaster of Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra. 

Since 2005 he has been a violin lecturer at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. He was first prizewinner at Jan Kocian International Competition in Czech Republic (1988) and Jugend Musiziert National Competition, Germany (1996), second prize winner at Yfrah Neaman International Competition in Germany (1996), and won prizes for debut at Musician of the Year – Bulgaria (1997), and for the youngest concertmaster in Germany (2001). 

In 2001 he was awarded the Music Instruments Fund Prize in Germany and received violin Nicolaus Gagliano.

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