Dora Deliyska has studied at the Oxana Yablonskaya Piano Institute in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Italy. She has received master's degree from the prestigious University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where her teachers were Noel Flores, Stefan Vladar etc.
Deliyska is well known as a chamber music performer and a symphony orchestra soloist. She has been awarded prestigious prizes in international competitions.
Gueorgui Valtchev is the Julliard School in New York graduate. He won Grand Prize at the International Contest Cocian in Prague, the First Prize at the International Duchess Contest in Los Angeles, the special one at the International Competition Tibor Varga in Switzerland, etc. Valtchev is the concertmaster of the Hadjidfield Orchestra in New Jersey.
Lora Tchekoratova has studied at the Juilliard School in New York City, where she has received her Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees as a student of Seymour Lipkin. Other teachers include Lydia Kuteva, Vessela Marinova, Prof. Jenny Zaharieva, and Oxana Yablonskaya. She has made numerous recordings for the Radio and Television in Bulgaria, Sweden, Finland, and the US. Her CD recordings for Gega New have been received with worldwide critical acclaim.
The Baroque era, following the Rennaisance, was the richest and most diverse period in musical history. Musicians and composers travelled all over Europe and heard each other’s music, which was played in courts and aristocratic families homes.The best known composers from the period are nowadays widely studied, performed, and listened to.
During Apollonia 2017 the audience will have the chance to listen to the compositions of Marcello, Marais, Bach, Purcell and Telemann.
SVETOGLAS VOCAL QUARTET
Svetoglas is a spontaneous expression of Bulgarian folklore, its ancient music and contemporary scenic and vocal interpretation. Songs from the most remote folk sources, polyphonic creations build from Bulgarian traditions, improvisations and harmonic Slavic sacred chants – this is the rich musical palette that defines Svetoglas. Their art, ancient and contemporary, has a tremendous success and is greeted with admiration from Bulgarian and international audiences. The vocal quartet has made numerous vocal and film recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio and Television, released several music albums and performed concert tours in Europe, America, Asia and Africa.
COMMEMORATING RADOY RALIN’S 95th ANNIVERSARY
With Kiril Kalev, Kin Stoyanov, Mikaela Stoimenova
Special guests: Mihail Shishkov and Stefan Stoykov
Radoy Ralin was a famous Bulgarian poet and satirist. His poetry was an inspiration for a generations of Bulgarians during the country's totalitarian times. One of his most popular books, Hot Peppers, contained humorous poems, anecdotes, and epigrams criticizing the communist regime. Soon after it was published, the book was seized from bookstores, destroyed and led to a seven-year publishing ban against the author. His satirical poems are extremely popular. He is translated in 27 languages, including Chinese. For his complete work, Radoy Ralin received the National Literary Prize for humor and satire in 2003.
Special guest ROSSEN ZAHARIEV
Anka Gnoth and George Donchev met and work in the creative jungle of Berlin. The songs they play together are deeply moving, traveling beyond any musical category. Their sound is pure and intimate, carefully and lovingly crafted. Their live performance exhibits an exquisite sensitivity in the way they listen to each other with total attention and respect and joy for each detail of the magical world of sound they are creating.
Their first album Silence You was released in 2015, they are touring Europe, Canada and U.S.A.
The concert activity of the renowned Bulgarian violinist Mincho Minchev is connected with the greatest orchestras in the world. He has performed in all the major music centers in Europe, America, Asia and Australia. His impressive repertoire includes also works composed specially for him. Minchev has an extremely busy concert, recording and teaching career.
An international soloist and recording artist, Suzanna Klincharova performs regularly in Europe, the USA, Asia and the Middle East. As an invited guest of many famous orchestras such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, the National Orchestra of Belgium, The Sofia Philharmonic, the San Francisco Chamber Symphony, the Antwerp Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bulgarian National, the Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble, the Bach-Collegium, etc., she is appreciated for her talent and for her wide repertory of harp concertos.
Her recordings are released all over the world, her interviews and short movies are recorded and broadcasted on TV and radio stations. Some of them are part of the National Library of France collection, and the National Institute of the Audiovisual of France collection.
Trio Cellissimo was formed 15 years ago by one family musicians – the great Bulgarian cellist Anatoly Krastev, his son Atanas and daughter Kalina. The violoncello for them is a vocation and devotion, they are always presenting the instrument in a variety of attractive reincarnations - accompanied by piano or orchestra, duo, trio, etc.
Their repertoire moves from classical to contemporary composers - from Bach, Handel and Purcell to Piazzolla and McMillan, from Schumann and Faure to Elgar and Tchaikovsky, from Rachmaninov and Popper to Bartok, Kodaly, Gueorgui Arnaudov and Bojidar Spassov.
Still a student Teodora Sorokow has played as a soloist in the Wiener Konzerthas and has participated in a concert under the patronage of Lord Yehudi Menuchin in the Wiener Borsensaal. She gave concerts with chamber ensembles in Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Portugal and Bulgaria. As a concertmaster of the Youth Vienna Symphony Orchestra, she played in Berlin's Festspielhaus, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wiener Musikverein and the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.
Anton Sorokow has performed with renowned orchestras such as the Berlin Symphony, the Nuremberg Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Concert-Verein, the London Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra etc. As a soloist, Sorokow has worked with world famous conductors like Mstislav Rostropovich, Fabio Luisi, Myung Whun Chung, Ulf Schirmer, Lior Shambadal Philippe Auguin and Alexander Shelley.
In addition to other awards, Anton Sorokov received the First Prize and the Grand Award at the Beethoven Competition in the Czech Republic, the First Prize both at the Stefanie Hohl Competition in Vienna and at the Romano Romanini Competition in Brescia. Since 2005, Sorokov has been first concertmaster of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
Ruzha Semova has played with most Bulgarian symphony orchestras and made recordings fr Bulgarian national television and national radio as well as for Radio FM. Her professional activities include appearances in Austria, Germany, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, France,Israel, Japan, Peru, Canada, USA. She has often been invited to participate in
International festivals such as Frederic Chopin in Paris, Varna Summer, Nedyalka Simeonova, Apollonia and the Piano Festival in Ruhr, Germany. Currently, Ruza Semova teaches at the Vienna University of Music and continues her concert activity.
PROF. MINCHO MINCHEV &
THE VIOLINISTS FROM HIS MASTERCLASS
The audience of Apollonia 2017 Festival of Arts will have again the chance to meet with the young and talented violinists of prof.Mincho Minchev summer masterclass. The workshop was held with the support of the International St.Cyryl and Methodius Foundation.