Albena Danailova to appear at European Music Festival

The renowned violinist is the first female concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic

Photo: Sofia Philharmonic Albena Danailova

Violinist Albena Danailova, the first female concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic, is set to visit Sofia as a soloist of the Classic FM orchestra. The event will take place at Bulgaria Hall on 29 June as part of the 2021 European Music Festival.

A previously scheduled appearance of Danailova in Sofia, set for 2 December 2020, was cancelled due to the state of emergency in place at the time. Now she is coming with a programme of beloved masterpieces for violin and chamber orchestra, with Grigor Palikarov as conductor.

This concert will conclude the spring part of the festival programme, which this year will go on until December.

Albena Danailova will demonstrate her masterful command of the violin with a selection of works covering a wide range of styles.

Danailova is the daughter of renowned Bulgarian violinist Boyan Danailov. She attended the National School of Music and the National Academy of Music before continuing her training at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, in Rostock, Germany. In 2001, the year of her graduation, she joined the second violinist section with the Bavarian State Orchestra. Two years later, she had already risen to leader of the first violinist section, and in 2006 she became the orchestra's first concertmaster. She served in the same capacity with the London Philharmonic during the 2003/2004 season. On 1 September 2008, Danailova won the competition for concertmaster of the Vienna State Opera (Vienna Philharmonic), becoming the first female to ever take that prestigious position. Her hire was made permanent in 2010. Danailova teaches violin at the University of Vienna. She plays on a special violin provided to her by the Austrian National Bank.

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