Born in Varna, Bulgaria, Ludmil Angelov graduated at the State Music Academy in Sofia. He won prizes and diplomas at international competitions, including the Senigallia (Italy), Fryderyk Chopin (Poland), Palm Beach International (USA), Piano Masters (Monte Carlo).
His has performed at many other major concert halls: the Philharmonie in Berlin, Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, tSalle Pleyel and Salle Gaveau in Paris, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Lincoln Center in New York, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Herkulessaal in Munich, KKL in Lucerne, Zürich Opera, Brucknerhaus in Linz, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Moscow Conservatory, the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, KBS Hall in Seoul amongst many others.
The music of Chopin has been a constant of his performing career. During the 1987–88 season he performed the complete solo-piano works by Chopin in a cycle of 12 recitals and since then has participated in some of the most significant Chopin festivals in Poland, Belgium, France, Italy and other countries. His recording of Chopin’s Rondos and Variations was awarded a Grand Prix du Disque Chopin by the National Chopin Institute in Warsaw.
Ludmil Angelov teaches at New Bulgarian University in Sofia, where he is a Honorary Professor since 2013. He gives masterclasses all over the world and has served as a Jury member at many International Competitions, including Chopin Competition in Warsaw (2010 & 2015). In November 2011 he was awarded the Gloria Artis medal by the Polish Ministry of Culture for his contribution to the international promotion of Polish music.
The CD labels for which Ludmil Angelov has recorded include RCA, Danacord, Gega New, Non Profit Music, Pentatone and Toccata Classics. In June 2015 he recorded with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra the world-premiere recording of the recently discovered early Piano Concerto of Moritz Moszkowski for Hyperion.
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Maestro Svilen Simeonov has established himself as one of Bulgaria’s foremost conductors. He has been awarded Musician of the Year Prize with Sofia Amadeus orchestra (1999) by the Bulgarian National Radio, the Crystal Lyre Award (2001) with Colegium Musicum orchestra-Bankja, and the Golden Lyre Award with Sofia Sinfonietta orchestra (2007) for high artistic achievements in the performing arts. Maestro Simeonov is the Chief Conductor of Sofia Sinfonietta orchestra ,Sofia Amadeus orchestra and Vidin State Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria and is serves as Guest Conductor at the Viennese Operetta Stage (Operetten Buhne Wien, Heinz Helberg,2004-2006), Teatro Lirico d’Europa (since 2001) and Strauss Festival orchestra and ballet (since 2007 with Euroconcert and Promoconcert).
Maestro Svilen Simeonov is a graduate of “Pancho Vladigerov” State Academy in Sofia, and Academy for Music and Dance in Plovdiv with degrees in clarinet and conducting. He has also completed conducting studies with Prof. Salvatore Mass Conde at the Vienna Academy of Music. Previous appointments include music manager and conducting the Opera and Symphony Society in Burgas, Bulgaria. A dedicated educator, Maestro Simeonov has taught conducting in Sofia – Bulgaria, Yangstown - State University USA, Dana School of Music-Ohio, USA , Thile College PA – USA, Wenstminster Collige Pensilvania- USA, Seoul – Korea, Kozani and Vlasti– Greece, Festival of the Gulf – Italy , Hanoi – Vietnam. He is often invited to run courses and master classes in festivals worldwide.
Maestro Simeonov has been hailed by the press for his performances and staging. The Bulgarian premier musical magazine Musical Horizons states: “We could feel the conductor’s suggestiveness, who managed to instill such emotional efficiency into the strings that made people hold their breath sharing the moment… …Tchaikovsky’s confession (Serenade for Strings), a work of a genius, tugged at the audience’s heartstrings, who expressed its gratitude by a round of applause”.
Maestro Simeonov has guest conducted in a host of countries in Europe, Asia and America. He has performed in virtually every prestigious concert hall in the world among which are: Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Musikverein the Gold Hall – Vienna, Concertgebouw – Amsterdam, Bulgaria Hall – Sofia, Seoul Art Center – Korea, Bunka Kaikan Center – Tokyo, Victoria Hall - Geneva, Ton Halle-Zurich, RAI Arturo Toscanini Hall-Torino, Palau de la Musica – Barcelona, Auditorium National de la Music – Madrid, Theater Monumental de Madrid, Teatro de Zarsuela Madrid, Teatro Alfredo Craus Las Palmas, Theater Coliseum – Lisbon, Casa de la music-Porto, Bilkent Hall – Ankara, Levent Centre – Istanbul, Sava Centre – Belgrade, Megaron Music Hall – Athens, Megaron Music Hall – Thessaloniki, Festival Hall – Osaka, Aichi - ken Arts Centre – Nagoya, Stat Hall – Munich, New State Theater – Vienna, Theater am Stadtgarten – Winterthur, Philharmonics Hall – Wroclaw, the Novi Sad Opera House, Theater Auditorium-Cuenca, Theater Society di Manotva ,Fort de France Theater – Martinique, Baalbek historical site – Lebanon, Apollon Amphitheatre – Patra, Irodio Amphitheater Athens – Greece, Amphitheater Ohrid - Macedonia, Nis concert Hall – Serbia etc.
Since 1994 Maestro Simeonov is a Music Director and Chief Conductor of Sofia Amadeus Orchestra. Since 2001 he is a Principal Conductor of Vidin State Symphony. Since (2003) Maestro Simeonov’s appointment as Chief Conductor, Sofia Sinfonietta has been one of the most sought after Bulgarian orchestras.