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        N  e  w  s  l  e  t  t  e  r           Issue 19    March-April 2013
Featured Artists






 New York Empire Trio


Natasha Lipkina, violin 
Kalin Ivanov, cello 
Margrit Zimmermann, piano
  NYE Trio QCA 2
    New York Empire Trio in concert during
the 2013 February-March tour


The New York Empire Trio just came back from a two-week tour throughout the states of Illinois and Iowa. The tour was very successful and memorable! According to the Performing Arts and Educational Director of the Quad City Arts - Susan Wahlmann: "The Trio's residency was a great success... The Trio's enthusiasm could not be beat." NYE Trio had over 30 events: concerts, master classes, workshops, educational, and outreach programs in front of about 7,000 people ages 4 to over 80. The Trio gave an interview for WVIK 90.30FM Augustana Public Radio. Next, the Trio is going to the Caribbean Islands for a concert and master class at St. John School of the Arts on April 12, 13, 14, 2013.

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Dimiter Karaminkov and SSO 

Dimitar Karaminkov  

Maestro Dimitar Karaminkov is one of the most significant contributors to Bulgarian musical life for the last twenty-four years. He was awarded the special prize "Best Young Conductor of Bulgaria" in 1984. This prize indicates his remarkable achievements and the quality of his conducting.


After his graduation from the Bulgarian State Academy of Music in Sofia, Dimitar Karaminkov has undertaken specialization under the leadership of Maestro Franko Ferrara in Italy and Alexander Dmitriev at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. This rigorous education has helped build the high standards of Dimitar Karaminkov's performing art.       


He has often been a Guest Conductor at top Bulgarian orchestras as well as in many European countries, Russia, India, etc. He has recorded with Sofia Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra of Bulgarian National Radio, as well as Rousse, Shumen, and Sliven Philharmonic Orchestras.  


Maestro Karaminkov was also a Chief Conductor at the Antalya State Opera, Turkey. He has been a Chief Conductor and Musical Director of the Sliven Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria), since 1994. His repertoire consists of a large number of musical works from different ages and genres. He demonstrates equal skill in conducting Corelli, Vivaldi, Bach, as well as Britten, Shostakovitch, and Stravinsky. Many outstanding musicians and singers from Europe, USA, and Japan have played under his baton.    


Since September 2012, Dimitar Karaminkov and the Sliven Symphony Orchestra have worked toward the realization of a very ambitious program for an upcoming concert-celebration dedicated to their 80th Anniversary (May 12, 2013).  


We would like to mention a very significant moment in the orchestra's life: the start of the new season took place in a newly reconstructed concert hall that features exceptional acoustics. This fact, it turns out, was of great importance, as it provided a much needed uplifting that resulted in a creative inspiration for all of the members. Even the Mayor of the city could hardly contain his emotions during the concert to mark the opening of the new concert hall: "Our symphony orchestra is truly a grand gem ('bijou')!"     


Now, and throughout the years, the Sliven Symphony Orchestra has presented to the public interesting titles, great variety of musical genres, as well as world-class artists. It must be noted that among the beneficiaries of this specially selected and well-appointed social engagement are the youngest members of the audience--preschoolers and students. Among the highlights of the concert program are: Concert dedicated to the opening of the music holidays "Petko Stainov" in Kazanluk; Skopje-Macedonia Opera Soloists Concert; "Young Talents" Concert with the 16-year-old piano virtuoso Kalia Kalcheva; violinist, Alexander Boiadjiev, and many others. The entire program of the orchestra can be viewed on its web site: More about Maestro Karaminkov at:



 Tamara Poddubnaya
 Tamara Master Class 2013
Master class with Tamara Poddubnaya  

During the spring season of 2013, Ms. Poddubnaya has continued to maintain a very busy and exciting calendar. In March, one of her students won the American Protege competition in NYC, and five other of her pupils participated in the Winners Concert at Merkin Hall (March 10). Ms. Poddubnaya was among the organizers of the concert. Also, she served as Chairperson of the 1st Soloists Competition (March 2) and at a student recital (March 20), both held in Long Island City, NY.

In early March, one of her students played at Carnegie Hall and won gold medal at the Forte International competition in NYC. He also played at Yamaha Hall at The Young Artists Competition, where he received very high scores. Ms. Poddubnaya is preparing for another student recital in LIC, on April 10.


Shortly after that, on April 20, she will fly to Russia to adjudicate the International Governors Valery Gavrilin Competition and to play a recital.


Later on this year, she will travel to Istanbul, Turkey, St. Petersburg, Russia, Baden-Baden, Germany, and in the USA to serve as Chairperson, Vice President, and Artistic director of several competitions and festivals, as well as give master classes and recitals.


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Newsletter Editor: Mila Hover

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

I hope you had a wonderful Easter and Passover! Since spring is already here, our artists are more than ready and willing to travel and tour the globe! In this Newsletter, you may learn more about the success of our artists, as well as where and when you can hear them play during the months of March and April, 2013. We wish them and you a blossoming and inspirational season! 

Happy Spring and Readings!


Kalin Ivanov, Artistic Director

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Grigor Palikarov and Elena Obrazcova
Grigor Palikarov, Conductor  

Maestro Grigor Palikarov, the recent winner in the Conductor category of the the most prestigious award given out by the Union of Bulgarian Musicians and Dancers--the "Crystal Lyre"--has a very busy conducting schedule.   


As a guest conductor in the "Parade of Stars" at the Krasnoyarsk's Opera (Russia), Grigor Palikarov will be the only conductor with four appearances within the program of the festival. After conducting Tchaykovsky's "The Queen of Spades," that featured the legendary Elena Obrazcova (photo) and "Madame Butterfly," Mr. Palikarov has been invited to lead the premiere of Verdi's "Rigoletto" on April 3 and 4, 2013.


Mr. Palikarov is as a prominent feature of the Sofia National Opera and Balet's calendar for the 2012-2013 season. He is conducting Verdi's "Don Carlos," Borodin's "Prince Igor," and Donizetti's "L'Elisir D'Amore."  


The Music of America and European Musical Festival with Classic FM Radio Orchestra:


The Bulgarian musical scene has another remarkable event to offer to its audience. In March-April, 2013 listeners will be treated to the conclusion of the latest cycle of "The Music of America," founded in 2010 by Cantus Firmus music company and financed by the America for Bulgaria Foundation. The cycle has established itself as one of Sofia's leading musical initiatives. It has enriched its listeners' appreciation of American classical music. The third edition of the cycle presents the world-renowned American violinist Joshua Bell, Harvard University's Chamber Singers, as well as Rex Richardson, an American virtuoso trumpet player and Yamaha artist who will perform both classical and jazz works. Keeping with past tradition, the series will present yet another Bulgarian premiere of an American work - Chaccone from The Red Violin by John Corigliano. The solo part will be performed by Vesko Panteleev-Eschkenazy. Broadway musical stars, conductor Rob Fisher and singer Tari Kelly, are also part of the series' diverse musical content.  


Grigor Palikarov will conduct the Classic FM Radio Orchestra in the concert series of the European Musical Festival 2013. The program includes performances at the "Bulgaria" Concert Hall in Sofia with the soloists Georgy Cherkin-piano, Elin Kolev-violin, and Rex Richardson-trumpet, who will perform works by Mozart, Haydn, Albinoni, and Tartini.


Svilen Simeonov and Nish Symphony
Svilen Simeonov
conducting Nish Symphony Orchestra, Serbia

The Principal Conductor of Sofia Sinfonietta Orchestra and Vidin State Philharmonic, Maestro Svilen Simeonov, has a remarkably exciting spring calendar:


In March, he conducted the Nish Symphony Orchestra, in Serbia, with big success. More info.  


During the month of April, Maestro Simeonov will conduct the Sofia Sinfonietta  Orchestra and its soloist musicians: Ognjan Petvov-violin, Maria Valchanova-viola, Dimana Demireva-flute, Vardan Ananjan-English Horn, and Ivan Savov-clarinet. In the program: Mozart, Veber, and Rachmaninoff. More info.  


Also in April, Mr. Simeonov will conduct the Vidin State Philharmony (Bulgaria) and soloist Todor Antonov-violin in a performance of Mozart's Symphony 1 & 5 and Violin Concerto No. 3. Following this event, Mr. Simeonov will be featured as guest conductor at the Dana Festival Orchestra in the USA

More than 90 musicians from throughout the region will perform at the Youngstown State University Dana School of Music's Dana Festival Orchestra Concert on  Thursday, April 21, at 8 p.m. in Stambaugh Auditorium, Youngstown. The program will include "Bulgarian Rhapsody VARDAR" (The Balkan Anthem) by Pancho Vladigeroff and Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D Major, "Titan." More info. 



Ivo Varbanov

Ivo Varbanov recording 2013
Ivo Varbanov in recording session with Fiametta Tarli


Ivo Varbanovhas a very busy schedule filled with recordings and performances in March and April, 2013, in the United Kingdom, Hungary, and Slovakia. He is continuing his recording of Brahms' solo and chamber music works at Henry Wood Hall.  In collaboration with his wife Fiammetta Tarli, he recorded  the Liebeslieder Op. 52 and Neue Liebeslieder Op. 65 in the four-hands piano version. The project sound engineer is none other than the great Tony Faulkner. The recording was made on a rare, and fabulous to play, Steingraeber Grand Piano 272, on loan from the factory for this event. 








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Beethoven Symphony No. 9
4th movement

 Sofia Sinfonietta
Svilen Simeonov, conductor

with Gena Dimitrova Choir, Pleven

BULGARIA HALL, Sofia, Bulgaria

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