In his 85 years creative history, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra has come a
long, intensive path of artistic growth associated with the names of such
distinguished musical figures like Sasha Popov, Konstantin Iliev, Dobrin Petkov,
Vassil Stefanov, Vladi Simeonov, Dimitar Manolov, Yordan Dafov , Emil Tabakov,
Julian Kovachev, Nayden Todorov. High artistic achievements and concert activity
at home and around the world, attracting audiences invariably populated and
growing well-deserved international reputation is representative of all our modern
Particular emphasis in the recent history of the Philharmonic are memorable and
joint projects with famous musicians contemporary genres, which have been
adopted with great enthusiasm by the audience and contributed to the
international prestige of Bulgaria – Robin Gibb / Bee Gees, a group Manowar, Jon
Lord / Deep Purple, Sting, Ill Divo, Jose Carreras. These concerts led not only
lovers of classical music to be proud of our National Philharmonic Orchestra, but
also the whole Bulgarian society.
Unforgettable in the annals of the Philharmonic are creative contacts with
personalities such as Herman Abendrot conductors, Igor Markevich, Carlo Cecchi,
Charles Brussels’, Heinz Bongarts, Karel Ancherl, Witold Rovitski, Janos Ferenchik,
Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Yuri Temirkanov, Gyorgy Lehel, Kurt Mazur, Karl
Osterrayher, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Neville Marriner, Uros
Layovits, Yuri Simonov, Leopold Hager, and others.
Soloists of the orchestra were Dmitri Shostakovich, David Oistrakh, Svetoslav
Richter, Emil Gilels, Shura Cherkasky, Annie Fischer, Ruggiero Ricci, Eugene
Istomin, Andre Navarra, Yvonne Lefebure, Alexis Weissenberg, Dimitris Sgouros,
Mstislav Rostropovich, Joseph Palenichek, Wanda Vilkomirska, St. Pierre, Frederic
Gevers, Kerer Rudolf, Josef Suk, Yoko Sato, John Ogden, Sekeyra Costa, Vladimir
Spivakov, Janos Shebeshteyn, Nathaniel Rosen, Julian Rahlin, Bernd Glemzer,
Andrew Marriner, Ashkenazi Topalov, Sergey Roldugin and dozens of famous
foreign and Bulgarian artists.
Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra’s repertoire includes works from all over the world
musical literature – from classics to the latest Opus, including premiere
performances of dozens of Bulgarian works. In recent seasons have been met for
the first time in our major works of world musical treasure of Scriabin,
Penderecki, Martinu, A. Roussel, N. Rota, Olivier Messiaen, Charles Ives and
Together with the National Philharmonic Choir Svetoslav Obretenov sounded
masterpieces of cantata-oratorio works of Bach, Handel, Orff, Brahms, Schubert,
Berlioz, Scriabin, Stravinsky, G. Verdi, Mendelssohn and others.
Begun before more than half a century / 1939/ their tours abroad Philahrmonia
Sofia has a serious credibility and recognition worldwide. Visit with success in
major musical centers of Europe, Asia, America, welcome and the most
demanding audience with loud acclamations. So far, the Philharmonic has visited
in all European countries and in Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan,
Syria, Lebanon, Morocco, and Turkey. Repeatedly concerts in USA, UK, France,
Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Greece, Harvatian,
Slovenia, Macedonia, Yugoslavia, Malta and others.
With very high and is related to activity recorded Philharmonic. The orchestra
recorded annually in a few minutes of music with the most outstanding works
from their repertoire, integral with the works of Mahler, Bruckner, R. Strauss,
Stravinsky, instrumental concertos and vocal works by prominent local and
foreign singers. There are plates issued by companies Balkanton, Gega,
Suprafon, Elan, frequency, Koch, Mega, Capriccio and others. Radio
entries Paris, Berlin Radio, Radio Moscow, Radio Munich, Bulgarian National Radio
and Bulgarian National Television.
Philharmonic was awarded the prestigious awards – Musician of the Year
category Premiere /2002/ by Allegro vivace listeners, Bulgarian National Radio.
Receives high honors, Golden Lyre / 2003 / Union of Musicians and Dancers in
Bulgaria, honorary medal from the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra / 2004 /
Award of Sofia Municipality / 2004 /, “Stave Gold” / 2005 / Union of Bulgarian
composers, Diploma XXV International music Festival – Laureate days Katya
Popova / 2005 / diplomas and honorable sign of National Academy of Music
Prof. Pancho Vladigerov, Crystal Lyre / 2006 and 2009 / Ministry of Culture,
Honorary Sign of the New Bulgarian University / 2008 /. Last successful season
Sofia Philharmonic received high award called Award of Sofia about music.
Since 2017 Director General of the National Institute is Nayden Todorov.