Born in 1981, Bulgarian conductor ROSSEN GERGOV is gaining widespread recognition for his work both on the concert platform and in the opera pit, with a repertoire ranging from Mozart to the most challenging contemporary music. On his debut at the Nationaltheater Mannheim in 2016 he directed a new production of Hans Werner Henze’s Die Bassariden (after Euripides), which was followed by performances of Cherubini’s Medée and a debut at the Teatro Comunale Bolzano in a production of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin. At the Bregenzer Festspiele he conducted Tosca and the Austrian premiere of Weinberg’s Das Portrait, among other opera engagements. He also conducted Die Fledermaus and Rigoletto at Volksoper Wien, La traviata and Le nozze di Figaro at Theater Meiningen, and Orpheus in the Underworld with Trinity Laban in London. In Bulgaria, he performed the stage productions of operas such as Carmen (Varna) and Falstaff (Russe).
Very much at home in contemporary repertoire, Gergov has previously conducted performances of Michael Jarrell’s Cassandra at Teatro Rossini, Lugo, in collaboration with Israel Contemporary Players, and Victor Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis (“Der Kaiser von Atlantis”) with Austrian chamber ensemble Klangforum Wien. Other highlights include his successful debut with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in concerts with soloist Tasmin Little and return visits to the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Paderewski State Philharmonic Orchestra. Currently working with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Montpellier, the Symphony Orchestra of the BBC, Ensemble Modern, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Polish National Radio Orchestra and the Basel Symphony Orchestra.
Rossen Gergov is graduate of the Sofia National School of Music from the class of Milka Miteva. He also studied the clarinet with Borislav Yotsov and conducting with Mikhail Angelov. Subsequently specialized with Leopold Hager and Seiji Ozawa. He conducted the ORF-Sinfonieorchester upon graduation and went on to become Assistant Conductor of the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, a post he held until 2009.
Rossen Gergov is a Laureate of the first Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in 2007 and a year later his recording of David Chesky music with the Symphony Orchestra of Norrlandsoperan was nominated for a Grammy. He has also recorded for the BBC, the Bavarian Radio (Bayerische Rundfunk) and Austrian Radio (ORF).