The Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra
- Ekaterina Dotcheva
Orchestra based in Sofia. This orchestra has held a leading position in Bulgarian musical culture. The principal conductor of the orchestra since 2008 has been Emil Tabakov. The orchestra was established in 1948 by violinist and conductor Vassil Stefanov (1913–91) as a chamber orchestra. In 1951 Vladi Simeonov held the position of principal conductor when it became a full symphony orchestra. Its profound and extensive development started when Vassil Stefanov resumed as a principal conductor in 1954, and continued working with the orchestra until 1990. During that time the BNR Symphony Orchestra turned into a leading cultural institution in Bulgaria.
Conductors who have made their own contributions to the development and artistic growth of the orchestra include Vassil Kazandjiev, Alexander Vladigerov, Milen Nachev, and Rossen Milanov. The activities of the orchestra include concerts (between 12 and 16 in each concert season) and recordings for Bulgarian National Radio. The orchestra has made it a priority to record the works of Bulgarian composers and prominent and young performers. The orchestra takes part in all international music festivals in Bulgaria as well as tours abroad in Germany, Spain, France, Brussel, the Netherlands, South Korea, Greece, and Cyprus....