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        N  e  w  s  l  e  t  t  e  r           Issue 24  March-April, 2014
Featured Artists







 Dr. Vania Angelova   


BV Artists International is pleased to introduce to you the exceptionally talented composer, pianist, and conductor Dr. Vania Angelova.


"What attracts in Vania's compositions is undeniable melodic gift married to great compositional mastery. What impresses me the most that she is a really contemporary composer mastering with ease all sorts of modern techniques yet never forgetting her roots which make her compositions quite unique." - Yuli Turovsky, Conductor of "I Musici de Montreal" Chamber Orchestra.


Vania Angelova is an excellent professional pianist and an outstanding, internationally recognized composer with awards and prizes to her credit. She obtained a Doctorate in Composition at the University of Montreal. Vania also graduated with a master's degree in piano with the renowned professor Regina Horowitz, sister of the great Russian pianist Vladimir Horowitz. She has as well a master's in Composition and Conducting.


Dr. Angelova was rewarded with a Medal and an Honorary Certificate from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria for her contribution to the development of the Bulgarian and European cultures and their propagation in Europe and Canada, 2006.


She is a Member of CQM (Conseil Qu�b�cois de la Musique), CMC (Canadian Music Centre), and SOCAN, Canada. Angelova is nominated by ABI (American Biographical Institute) for the edition of "Great Women of the 21 Century," 2004. She is an honorary member of the jury of the International Festival �Music and Cinema� in Europe, professor of composition, piano, and singing in internationals master classes, winner of national and international competitions in Europe (1st prize for the music of the movie "Music and ecology of our souls," 1999).


As a pianist, composer and a conductor, she has performed many concerts in Holland, Austria, Ukraine, Italy, Germany, Russia, Bulgaria, and Canada; Radio and TV concerts; many records and video clips of her compositions. Angelova has composed music for seven movies. Dr. Vania Angelova's spiritual music was used to honor the funeral of the well-known great Bulgarian fortune teller Vanga during the telefilm of the National TV Bulgaria (Centre Blagoevgrad).


She is the founder and Artistic Director of the "CMC Quebec Choir-Vania Angelova," Montreal. Many orchestras and choirs in Europe and Canada interpret her compositions. Among the latest musical events are: the world premiere of "Flight of the Angered Demons," concerts with her choirs; forthcoming performances include the world premiere of "Festive Overture" with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Hamilton, Summer municipality concert, etc.


Dr. Vania Angelova's composition repertoire includes a diversity of styles: music with the elements of the old spiritual orthodox music, Suites of Ancient Dances for Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras and "Pagan Dance on Burning Coals" with the specific rhythms of the Bulgarian national music of irregular divisions, works for mixed and children's choirs, and contemporary music. Dr. Vania Angelova is in the Encyclopedias "Who is who in Bulgaria," and "Who is who in Bulgarian Culture," edition "Trud," Bulgaria, 1998.   

McGill Chamber Orchestra
BORIS BROTT, Conductor
The Montreal Symphony House 


For more information visit Vania at:  
Ivo Varbanov, Pianist


We have just received some very exciting news from Ivo Varbanov! He shared with us that he has founded his own record label, ICSM Records. Here is the website for his Kickstarter project.


Why a serious and very busy classical musician would have interest in a venture such as managing a recording label? As you might not know, at present, the majority of record labels are property of Universal Music. It owns over 120 labels, some of which well-known, including DECCA, DG, Virgin, and ECM. The very few independent ones effectively are suffering from the present status quo. As a result, the musicians are the last to benefit from deals on records in all sectors.  


This was the reason why many DJs in the 80s started to detach themselves from the 'big guys' and go independent. As we know, classical musicians are generally more traditional and slower when it comes to making changes. Ivo believes that there is a growing number of classical music artists, like himself, who are also starting their own labels.


Ivo is an innovator by spirit and belongs to the visionaries who want to change this status quo in the world of classical music.  


In order to succeed, though, he needs the support of all of his friends who value his work and are open-minded about his ideas. To support him, please visit his project here.


For more information vist Ivo at:  


More about ICSM Records at: 



Linus Lerner, Conductor  


Concert of Opening of the Season with the Symphony Orchestra of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil   

Maestro Linus Lerner had a busy schedule during the months of March and April 2014. Here are some of the highlights of his spring season.


In March, he conducted two concerts with Solistas Ensamble del INBA in Mexico City and gave Master Classes for Opera Studio of Bellas Artes. While in Mexico, he also gave Master Classes and coaching for singers in San Luis Potosi and at the Conservatorio de Las Rosas in Morelia. Also in March, he led the opening of the season with the Symphony Orchestra of Rio Grande do Norte to a totally full house in Natal, Brazil.


Later, in April, Maestro Linus gave two concerts with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, three concerts with the Symphony Orchestra Esperanza Azteca, Chorus and soloists in the Mexican Premier of "Mass of the Children" by John Rutter. All events were greatly successful and given before full houses.   


For more information visit him at:



Veselin Ninov, Pianist

Veselin Ninov with his student Brenden Davis, the overall winner at the
Young Talented Pianist Competition
, New York 

The long-anticipated spring season here, on the East Coast, brought new musical ventures for BV Artist International's pianist Veselin Ninov. Aside from his regular teaching schedule, he had several performances in March.


In the first week of the month, he collaborated with the Long Island Conservatory and the Concert Festival of New York for two chamber music performances in Merkin Hall and in the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall.


On March 8 and 15, Veselin was a judge at the preliminary and final rounds of the Young Talented Pianist Competition. Brenden Davis, a 12 year-old pianist from East Meadow, NY, who is also Veselin's student, was named the overall winner of the 2014 edition. The event concluded with an award ceremony and concert at the Great Neck Conservatory of Music.


On March 22, Veselin joined the talented classical and gospel singer Leon-St. John Thompson for a performance in the Jamaica Performance Art Center in Queens, NY. The program featured music by Andrea Bocelli.  


In April , Veselin Ninov has been asked to give two chamber music performances with violist Tonya Bibashka-Ninov in Nassau County, NY. The concerts are part of a program to encourage young promising musicians to pursue careers as concert artists.

For more information visit Veselin at: 

Dear Friends and Colleagues! Kalin Ivanov, Art. Dir.


Here  in New York, we are finally enjoying  the slow warming trend in the weather.

As we wait for spring to fully blossom, we would like to share some seasonal highlights from our artists. We congratulate all of them on work well done and looking forward to the spectacular upcoming events they have planned for the near future.


Wishing all of our artists and readers joyous spring filled with music and bright moments!


Kalin Ivanov, Artistic Director

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Svilen Simeonov, Conductor

Maestro Svilen Simeonov and Sinfonietta Sofia toured some of the most prestige's concert halls in Europe.

Maestro Simeonov had a very exciting schedule with concerts and tours in Europe. In March, he conducted the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, Greece. 

On April 11, 2014, Palm Sunday, Svilen Simeonov conducted Sinfonietta Sofia orchestra at the "St. Sofia" Hall of the National Assembly. Argentinean master of classical guitar Rolando Saad performed as guest-soloist. Also in April, Maestro Simeonov was on tour with the Sinfonietta Sofia in Spain. The tour included some of the most prestigious concert halls such as:

- Palau de la Musica, Barcelona, On April 21, 2014.

- Teatro Cervantes in Malaga, Spain, with guest soloists Rolando Saad, guitar, and Mario Hosen, violin, on April 23, 2014.

- Auditorio Nacional de Musica, Madrid, on April 25.
- Palau de la Musica, in Barcelona, On April 26. 
- Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, on April 27.


Auditorio Nacional de Musica, Madrid  

For more information visit Svilen at:  


 Tamara Poddubnaya, Pianist

Tamara served as chairperson at the International competition "Way to Mastery" in Rostov-on-Don, Russia


In March and April, Tamara traveled to her native Russia as well as throughout the United States. In March, she went to Bethel, Maine, with Ilya Ishchenko, one of her students, to perform at three events. She also gave master classes in Manchester, NH, at Mila Filatova's Academy. In April, she had several events in the Rostov-on-Don, the administrative center of Rostov Region and the capital of Russia's Southern Federal District. It is located at the mouth of the Don River and home to many ethnic groups and center of Cossack Culture.   


Tamara performed Brahms' second concerto and Mozart's concerto No. 20 as soloist of the Rostov-on-Don State Philharmonic and gave master classes on April 4-7, 2014. Right after that, on April 8-13, 2014, Tamara served as chairperson at the International competition "Way to Mastery" in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. She also gave two interviews for the Rostov-on-Don TV. 


Following her stay there, she was off to the International Piano Academy in Buzuluk, Russia, together with Vladimir Tropp from Russia, Willem Brons from Netherland, and Marcus Stange from Germany. Buzuluk is in the Orenburg Region of Russia, and hosted the Fourth International Piano Art Academy dedicated to the Year of Culture in Russia from April 16-19, 2014. While there, Tamara had numerous interviews with the local media: Buzuluk News, Orenburg Arts Magazine, and Orenburg TV. Within the frame of the Academy program, she did seminars for teachers, master classes with students, and performed recitals at the Concert Hall of Buzuluk College of the Arts. The recitals were recorded by the local TV.  


After the performances, many grateful musicians approached her with tears in their eyes to express what magnificent impression she had made. The Academy produced a book about the history of all four events during the last 8 years. The regional governor offered his support in organizing these special school events. On April 21, Tamara returned to New York to teach her regular students at Long Island Conservatory.



Tamara performed Brahms' second concerto and Mozart's concerto No. 20 as soloist of the
Rostov-on-Don State Philharmonic, Russia  

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Cristian Sandu, Conductor   



Maestro Sandu was involved in the last premiere of the Bucharest National Opera, Rigoletto, which was presented eight times during the season. The February 20th premiere featured an international cast and famous producers, and was met with excellent critiques and chronicles.   


In January, Maestro Sandu conducted again Nabucco in Germany with Stagione D'Opera Italiana Company, and in November-December, he conducted Aida in the Netherlands with Musical Theatre Galati, Romania, and an international cast.


On April 24, he conducted the Opereta Gala at Oradea Philharmonic Orchestra, after which, he returned to Kazakhstan. There, during the first half of June, he will to conduct at the 80th Anniversary of Abay Kazakh Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in Almaty.


For more information visit Cristian at:






"Ancient Legends - The Mystery of the Pagan Dances" Suite

McGill Chamber Orchestra,
Boris Brott, Conductor
The Montreal Symphony House

"Pagan Dance on Burning Coals"

I Musici de Montreal Chamber Orchestra
  Yuli Turovsky, Conductor
   Pollack Concert Hall, Montreal

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