Milena Zlatarova

Milena Zlatarova is the leader of the viola group in the Sofia Philharmonic. She graduated from the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music  in the class of prof. Dimitar Chilikov. Se was awarded the first prize at Stephan Sougarev National Dis play in Kyustendil, Bulgaria (1985), the extraordinary prize at the Svetoslav Obretenov National Competition in Provadia (1988), First Prize at the Golden Diana Chamber Ensembles Meeting in Plovdiv.

As a musician of  the Sofia Philharmonic Milena Zlatarova had the good fortune to work with outstanding musicians such as Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Sir Neville Marriner, Julian Kovachev, Ghena Dimitrova, Placido Domingo. Between 2002 and 2005 she was invited as principal viola in the orchestra of the Fondazione Arturo Toscanini in Parma and worked with names such as Lorin Maazel, Vladimir Spivakov and Mstislav Rostropovich.

As a chamber musician, she has toured successfully  to various cities in Japan, and has given concerts in Paris and Tunisia. She has performed with distinguished musicians such as Plamena Mangova, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Boris Brovtsyn, Alexander Buzlov. Since 2018, she is a member of the Philharmonica String Quartet, which includes concertmasters Pavel Zlatarov and Ivan Lalev (first violin and cello) and assistant concertmaster Ana Ivanova (second violin). The quartet performs actively during  the concert seasons of the Sofia Philharmonicand had a prestigious tour in Moscow in 2019 at the invitation of the Bulgarian Cultural Institute, a concert within the 24th edition of the Austrian Music Weeks under the patronage of the Austrian Embassy, a debut at the Mozart Days Festival in Pravets. The ensemble has been nominated for the Crystal Lyre Award in 2019, as well as in the 29th edition of the Allegro Vivace Award of the Bulgarian National Radio in the category “Ensemble of the Year”.

She has recorded for the Bulgarian National Radio and has appeared as a soloist with the Sofia Philharmonic and symphony orchestras around the country.

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