Paganini of the trumpet to perform in Sofia

Sergei Nakariakov will be a soloist of the Sofia Philharmonic under the direction of maestro Nayden Todorov

Photo: Thierry Cohen

Sergei Nakariakov - one of the greatest trumpet players of our time - will be a soloist of the Sofia Philharmonic on 13 May, under the direction of maestro Nayden Todorov. He agreed to include Bulgaria in his programme after the violinist Ray Chen announced he could not come to the country due to travel difficulties caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Nakariakov, who is known as 'the Paganini of the trumpet', is one of the world's most sought-after trumpet players, having achieved great success by bluntly violating the established rules for performing classical trumpet music. His exceptional gift was noticed when he was only 13 years old, at the festival in Korsholm, Finland.

He was born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1977. At the age of six he started playing the piano but after being in an accident, when he was nine, he had to give it up and instead took on the trumpet. His father became his teacher. Sergei Nakariakov's first appearance abroad was in 1990, when the young trumpet player visited Bulgaria for the first time.

In 1991, at the Ivo Pogorelich international music festival in Bad Woerishofen, Germany, he attracted attention and in August of the same year made his debut with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra at Salzburg Festival, where he received the Prix Davidoff award.

Sergei Nakariakov has triumphed in world music centres like Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Lincoln Centre in New York, Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall in London, etc. He participates in festivals throughout Europe, America and Canada, and every year he performs a several-week-long concert tour in Japan. Thanks to his exceptional virtuosity and the beauty of his sound, he performs with ease trumpet transcripts of violin concerts and pieces. He was bestowed with the ECHO Klassik award for Instrumentalist of the Year in 2002.

He often gives recitals together with the pianists Vera Nakariakova, who is his sister, or with Maria Meerovich (Belgium), with whom he visited Sofia for the opening of Season 2014/2015 of the Sofia Philharmonic.

Nakariakov works with world-renowned contemporary soloists, orchestras and conductors, including with the legendary pianist Martha Argerich.

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