World-class soloists to perform in Sofia

European Music Festival will present different music styles

Classic FM Radio Orchestra with conductor Grigor Palikarov

Three unique concerts with the Classic FM Radio Orchestra stand out on the bill of European Music Festival 2019 which will be held in Sofia 21 March - 23 June. The three events will present various music styles, and Bulgarian and foreign performers who boast extraordinary careers will be guest soloists of the orchestra. This year, the festival comprises a total of 13 events and over 500 participants. Once again, it will be part of the Sofia Municipality Calendar of Cultural Events, while the Ministry of Culture is the co-organiser.

On 23 March, the world-renowned musicians Plamena Mangova (piano), Anton Barakhovsky (violin) and Kyril Zlotnikov (cello) will come together on stage for the first time to perform the magnificent Triple Concerto in C major op. 56 by Ludwig van Beethoven. This remarkable piece is played very rarely as it sets very high requirements to the entire orchestra lineup. The audience will also have a chance to hear the three soloists in some of their individual performances with the orchestra. Luciano Di Martino will take the baton. Barakhovsky, who for 10 years now has been the concertmaster of the high-profile Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, in 2011 was a guest of the Great Concertmasters Cycle. This year he will play Melodie and Valse-Scherzo by Tchaikovsky. For cellist Kyril Zlotnikov, whose mentor is the preeminent pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim, this is the first performance in Bulgaria. He also opted for Tchaikovsky's music for his concert, namely the virtuoso Variations on Rococo Theme. As for the exceptional pianist Plamena Mangova, she will perform Hungarian Fantasy by Franz Liszt.

The Tango & Campanella programme is yet another of the festival's interesting accents with the participation of Classic FM Radio Orchestra. It will be presented on 31 May. This concert will bring together two of the most beloved Bulgarian musicians - violinist Mila Georgieva and conductor Maxim Eskenazi who both graduated from the National School of Music in Sofia. At the invitation of the organisers from Cantus Firmus, Mila and Maxim are preparing an especially attractive concert programme which combines the awesome music by Paganini and Ravel with the passionate Piazzolla tangoes.

European Music Festival has been among the significant music events in Sofia during the last decade. Over the span of years, participants have been such remarkable world-known figures as Joshua Bell, Maxim Vengerov, Nigel Kennedy, Misha Maisky, Pinchas Zukerman, Kremerata Baltica ensemble, Zukerman Chamber Players, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Moscow Symphony Orchestra “Russian Philharmonic”, etc.

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