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Mila Georgieva and Youth Philharmonic "Sofia" at NMU "Lyubomir Pipkov" play in memory of academician Emil Yanev

With the concert "Homage, Maestro!", the "European Music Festival" will mark the 90th anniversary of the birth of the distinguished Bulgarian conductor and teacher Academician Emil Yanev. Youth Philharmonic "Sofia" and Youth Choir Chapel at NMU "Lyubomir Pipkov" in Sofia. Conductor Slavil Dimitrov.

Mila Georgieva and Youth Philharmonic "Sofia" at NMU "Lyubomir Pipkov" play in memory of academician Emil Yanev
Mila Georgieva and Youth Philharmonic "Sofia" at NMU "Lyubomir Pipkov" play in memory of academician Emil Yanev

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Apr 04, 2023, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Sofia, street "Aksakov" 1, 1000 Old City Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

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With the concert "Salute, maestro!" on April 4 this year. "European Music Festival" will celebrate

The 90th anniversary of the birth of the prominent Bulgarian conductor and teacher Academician Emil Yanev. IN

for more than 50 years, he has developed an active artistic, pedagogical and social work

activity. His career for many years was connected with the orchestra of the National Musical

school, with the choirs "Georgi Kirkov", "Labour Song", "Hristina Morfova" and others. IN

in the period 1987 - 2002 Academician Yanev was the chief conductor of "Collegium Musikum Bankya" (today

"Sofia Symphony"). He is also a long-time choir and orchestra teacher

conducting, head of conducting courses in Bulgaria and abroad, author of a number of works

articles, papers and study aids. Laureate of numerous awards as one of the most

significant in the field of orchestral conducting are honors at international competitions for

youth orchestras in Belgium, Poland, France and the Netherlands with the orchestra of the Musical

school. The famous conductor, whom several generations of Bulgarian musicians remember as

his professionalism and genuine sense of humor, left us at the end of 2021

at the age of 89. In his memory, on April 4, they will play in the "Bulgaria" hall in the capital

the representative ensembles of NMU: Youth Philharmonic "Sofia" and Youth Choir

capella with its current conductor, Slavil Dimitrov. They will perform a program of works by

Astor Piazzola, Georges Bizet and Georgi Andreev. The special guest of the event is the extraordinary

violinist Mila Georgieva, who began her stellar career precisely under the baton of

maestro Emil Yanev. Mila Georgieva will be a soloist in the cycle "The Four Seasons of

Buenos Aires' by Astor Piazzolla. The other works in the program are excerpts from Suites No. 1 and

#2 "The Arlesian" by Georges Bizet and the work for mixed choir and symphony orchestra "Yuvigny

inn" by Georgi Andreev. The concert starts at 19:30 and is realized thanks to personal donations

efforts of the family of Academician Yanev and in partnership with NMU "L. Pipkov" and Sofia Street

Philharmonic. Tickets are on sale online at, as well as at the hall box office

"Bulgaria". The 23rd edition of the "European Music Festival" takes place with

the financial support of the Metropolitan Municipality - Calendar of cultural events of the Metropolitan Municipality

municipality for 2023 and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Academician Emil Yanev was born in Plovdiv in 1932. He completed his musical education at the National Academy of Music

"Prof. Pancho Vladigerov" with two specialties - choral conducting under Professor Georgi

Dimitrov and orchestral conducting under Professor Asen Dimitrov. Later specialized

with Professor Arvid Jansons in Weimar, Germany. The first years of his conducting

career are connected with the choirs "Georgi Kirkov", "Trudova song", "Hristina Morfova" and others. IN

for more than 50 years, he has developed an active artistic, pedagogical and social work

activity. Academician Yanev is a long-time conductor of the National Music Orchestra

school "Lyubomir Pipkov", in which several generations of young Bulgarian instrumentalists

acquire orchestral skills. In the period 1987-2002, he was the chief conductor of "Collegium

Musikum Bankya" (today "Sofia Symphony"). Emil Yanev is a long-time teacher of

choral and orchestral conducting, head of conducting courses in Bulgaria and abroad,

author of numerous articles and works, also teaching aids. He participated as a jury

repeatedly at the World Choir Olympiad. Apart from Bulgaria, he has performed in Belgium,

Germany, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Spain, Italy, Poland, Russia,

France, Holland, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Japan and others. There are 7 long-players released

gramophone records, 7 CDs, 5 music films, and numerous studio recordings

records in BNR, BNT and others.

In parallel with his artistic performances, Academician Emil Yanev also develops active social activities. Long

years he was the deputy chairman of SBMTD. Heads the Association of Bulgarian Choirs

conductors at SBMTD. He is the chairman of the association "Balkan Choral Forum - Bulgaria", a member

on the board of directors of the International Olympic Choral Committee and vice president of

European Choral Federation of the European Union.

The maestro was active until the last days of his life. He died at the age of 89 in


Youth Philharmonic "Sofia" was founded in the 1950s by the eminent

Bulgarian conductor Mihail Angelov. In 2000, the orchestra of the National Musical

"Lyubomir Pipkov" school was awarded by the mayor of Sofia, Stefan Sofianski, with the name

Youth Philharmonic "Sofia" - well-deserved recognition for the talent and work of young people

musicians. Emil Tabakov, Milen Nachev, Emil Yanev worked and gave concerts with the orchestra.

Tsanko Delibozov, Veselin Baichev, Hristo Hristov, Rosen Milanov, Deyan Pavlov, Georges

Dimitrov - names that are still significant for Bulgarian musical culture. Currently the chief conductor

is Slavil Dimitrov.

The repertoire of the "Sofia" Youth Philharmonic includes European masterpieces

classical music, as well as works by famous Bulgarian composers. They are numerous

the successful performances of young musicians, both Bulgarian and international

scene. The orchestra is the winner of numerous awards, including "Crystal Lyre", "Golden

five-line", "Golden Lira", Certificate of Honor of the Ministry of Culture, Award of

the "Apolonia" foundation for young talents with outstanding gifts in the field of musical art.

Youth Choir Chapel at National Music School "Lyubomir Pipkov" long

years it was led by Prof. Lilia Guleva, and later by Tatiana Hristova. Currently

choir conductor is maestro Slavil Dimitrov.

The composition participates in the annual celebrations of the Metropolitan Municipality of the Day of the Holy Brothers Cyril

and Methodius, on the Bulgarian alphabet, education and culture and Slavic literature - May 24,

as well as in a number of school concerts at the National School of Music. He exported

joint concerts with the National Philharmonic Choir "Svetoslav Obretenov", participated in

the project of the Bulgarian Choral Union "Children's Choir of Bulgaria", within which in 2021

was part of a concert in Hall 1 of the NDK, together with more than 400 choristers from the country.

Slavil Dimitrov graduates from the NMA "Prof. Pancho Vladigerov" in 1995 with a major

"Choir Conducting" under Prof. Krum Maksimov, and in 1998 and specialty "Opera

and orchestral conducting” under Prof. Dr. Ivan Bakalov, Prof. Ivan Vulpe and Prof. Vasil

Kazandzhiev. In the period 1986-1989, he participated in the experimental composition class at

The State Conservatory in Odessa under Prof. Georgiy Uspenski, and from 1991 to 1994 he studied

composition under Academician Alexander Raichev. He is a guest conductor of the symphony orchestras in

Bulgaria, Serbia, Turkey, Japan. Over the years he worked with various ensembles: conductor of

Academic Choir "Angel Manolov", Sofia, creator of Choir "Simeonis", Main Art

head of the Shumen Ensemble, conductor at the State Philharmonic - Shumen, State

Opera House - Ruse, Music and Drama Theater "K. Kisimov" - Veliko Tarnovo, State Opera and

ballet - Izmir, Turkey.

In 2015, Slavil Dimitrov became the conductor of the National Philharmonic Choir. It is from 2018

Chairman of the Bulgarian Choral Union. He is the conductor of the Sofia Youth Philharmonic Orchestra

NMU "L. Pipkov".

Winner of the First and Grand Prizes of the "Stoyanovi Brothers" radio contest (1985, 1986), First

prize at the World Children Music Festival  in Nagoya -Japan (1988), Grand Prize at

All-Russian Competition in Odessa (1989), Third Prize of the First Competition "Prof. Ivan Spasov" in

Plovdiv (1995). In 2005, he won three awards from the Fifth National Competition "Play in

unequal rhythms” (second, the orchestra's prize and the audience's prize). It's three times

nominated for a "World Music" award by the International Folklore Association of Ontario -


Mila Georgieva started playing the violin at the age of 4 and even before that

in his teenage years he enjoyed world fame, winning first prizes from

competitions in Italy, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, tours in Spain, the Netherlands, the Philippines,

Singapore, India and China, and her performances have been recorded for the Italian, French and

Swiss TV.

Mila Georgieva studied with Dorothy Delay and Cho Liang Lin at the Juilliard School in New York, as well as

and with Ifra Niemann at the Guildhall School in London.

The violinist has performed with the Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzig conducted by Kurt Mazur and

Herbert Blomstedt, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Georges Pretre, Tonhalle

orchestra conducted by Richard Hickox, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the orchestras of

The Belgian and Dutch Radio and Television, the Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra from

Budapest, the RIAS Symphony Orchestra, etc. She participated in the "Ravinia" festivals in Chicago with

Christoph Eschenbach, Salzburg Easter Festival, Marlborough, Prussia Cove and Stavanger.

Mila Georgieva performs many tours in Germany, France, South America and

Japan, where he recorded four CDs for RCA Victor.

Since the 2002/2003 season, Mila Georgieva has been the first concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of

Radio Stuttgart, which in 2016 was merged with the Freiburg Orchestra and now bears the name

Symphony Orchestra of the Southwest German Radio (SWR) with chief conductor Theodor


Mila Georgieva has performed as a soloist with the Radio Stuttgart Symphony Orchestra under

conducted by Andrei Boreyko and participated in a tour of France with the Orchester National des pays

de la Loire conducted by Yoel Levy. Gives concerts in Tokyo with "New Japanese

philharmonic", has appearances with the academic orchestra "Santa Cecilia" in Italy.

The violinist has numerous successful performances in Bulgaria with the Classic FM Radio Orchestra and

The Sofia Philharmonic, and participated in the festivals "Varna Summer", "European Musical

festival", Sofia, "Days of music in the Balaban house", Plovdiv and others.

Mila Georgieva plays a Stradivarius violin from 1703.

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