SOFIA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
NAYDEN TODOROV, conductor
VESKO ESCHKENAZY, violin
In collaboration with The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 64
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Symphony No. 4 in A major, No. 90, Italian
Joy of Romanticism
Exactly on its 90th anniversary, one of Southeast Europe's best orchestras, Bulgaria's most famous ensemble of world renown – the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra – returns to Lisinski Hall after three years! In its long history, this great Orchestra has performed under the world's greatest conductors, such as Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Kurt Masur, Sir Neville Marriner, Leopold Hager or Valery Gergiev, to name just a few of the most famous ones! With its international tours, which were enthusiastically received by audiences, the Sofia Philharmonic has built a reputation and serious authority of an outstanding orchestral ensemble also among the world's strictest music critics. The orchestra has had successful performances in the major music centres and concert venues in Europe, Asia and America, and was received with tumultuous acclamations by the most demanding audiences. The chief conductor of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra is one of Europe's most esteemed conductors of the younger generation, Nayden Todorov. He received top music education at the Universities of Vienna and Jerusalem, and in addition to a wide repertoire of orchestral works that he performs with prominent orchestras around the world, he is especially appreciated as an operatic conductor: he has collaborated with some of the most brilliant opera stars (Plácido Domingo, Sonya Yoncheva, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Leo Nucci or Samuel Ramey). Along with Todorov, we will also have the privilege of listening to violin virtuoso Vesko Eschkenazy at the Zagreb concert. The world got to know him as a child prodigy, a boy who soon grew into one of the most profiled European violinists, who has collaborated with greats such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Colin Davis or Seiji Ozawa and Carlo Maria Giulini during his rich artistic career. We will have a unique opportunity to enjoy the highlights of musical Romanticism interpreted by the brilliant Bulgarian musicians: one of the most beautiful violin concertos of all time and the magnificent Fourth, Italian Symphony, immortal works by German genius Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.