VLADIMIR KIRADJIEV was born in Bulgaria and since 1989 is resident in Vienna. Graduate of the National Academy of Music “Professor Pancho Vladigerov” in Sofia with a degree in orchestral and choral conducting, he subsequently participated in master courses with Kurt Masur in Weimar (1983), with Franco Ferrara in Siena (1985) and with Karl Österreicher in Varna (1987). In 1988, he was invited by Prof. Österreicher to complete his postgraduate studies at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where he became artistic director of the Vienna Residenzorchester in 1991-1992. In 1994, he conducted music by Alfred Schnittke at the Luzern Festival, and for the next two years was engaged at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, assisting Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos in staging Boris Godunov and Jiří Kout in the production of Eugene Onegin, collaborated with stage director Götz Friedrich and singers Rene Kolo and Mati Salminen. There he also led the production of Mussorgsky’s one-act opera Marriage. Since 1996, he has been a regular guest at the opera festival in Sigulda (Latvia), where he worked with stars such as Anna Netrebko, Elīna Garanča, Maya Kowalewska, Nadia Krasteva and Marcelo Álvarez, continuing to collaborate with them even to this day. In recent years, he has worked closely with directors Yuri Alexandrov, Michał Znaniecki and Peter Sellers.
Vladimir Kiradjiev has conducted renowned orchestras such as the BBC Scottish Symphony, Lithuanian State Orchestra, Latvian National Philharmonic, Sofia Philharmonic, the Pomeriggi musicali orchestra, the Hungarian Festival Orchestra, Gdansk Philharmonic, the philharmonic orchestras of Lublin, Wrocław, Łódź, Białystok, the Silesian Philharmonic Katowice, the Berlin Symphonists, Klangforum Wien, Slovak Chamber Orchestra Žilina, UNAL Symphony Orchestra Monter in Shenzhen (China), the Sendai Philharmonic (Japan) and Bucheon and Wonju Philharmonic Orchestras (Korea). His collaborations include soloists such as Rafa Blehacz, Krzysztof Jablonski, Ludmil Angelov, Sharon Kam, Andrei Korsakov and many others. He worked with opera companies such as the National Opera in Riga, the National Opera and Ballet Sofia, the Comic Opera in Berlin, Opera Graz, the Volkstheater Rostock, the Tatar National Opera in Kazan, as well as with almost every opera house in Poland.
Kiradjiev has guest-performed at the festivals in Luzern, the Sigulda Opera Festival, Warsaw Autumn, Wiener Festwochen, Musica Electronica Nova in Wroclaw, and served as musical director of the Röttingen Festival in Germany from 1994 to 2011. Between 2008 and 2013, he was artistic director of the Rzeszów Philharmonic in Poland, and since the 2014/15 season is the first guest conductor of the Opera-na-Zamku Theatre in Szczecin (Poland).
Vladimir Kiradjiev teaches opera conducting and playing from score at the Institute of Conducting in the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts, and for several years has been conducting concerts of young talents – soloists of the International Summer Academy at the University, as well as holding conducting courses in Austria, Poland, Bulgaria and Mexico.
He has released numerous recordings of operatic and symphonic music and works by contemporary Austrian composers. In 2015, in cooperation with pianist Ludmil Angelov, he made the first CD recording of the Piano Concerto in E Minor Op. 3 by Moritz Moszkowski – a work recently discovered by the two after 140 years of oblivion – performing it together with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
His intensive work with many orchestras and opera theatres in Bulgaria has earned him the Crystal Lyre 2015 Award for Best Conductor.