The Hall of the Niš Symphony Orchestra, 20:00 hrs

Opening ceremony

Svilen Simeonov - conductor

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 Collegium 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 he serves as Guest Conductor at the Viennese Operetta Stage, Teatro Lirico d’Europa and Strauss Festival orchestra. 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. Salvador Mass Conde at the Vienna Academy of Music. Simeonov has taught conducting in Sofia–Bulgaria, Yangstown-State University USA, Dana School of Music-Ohio, Thiel College PA and Westminster College Pennsylvania-USA, Seoul–Korea, Kozani and Vlasti–Greece, Festival of the Gulf–Italy, Hanoi–Vietnam. Maestro Simeonov has been hailed by the press for his performances. 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”. 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 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, Theater am Stadtgarten Winterthur, Philharmonics Hall–Wroclaw, the Novi Sad Opera House, Theater Auditorium-Cuenca, Theater Society di Mantova, 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 his appointment as a Chief Conductor (2003), Sofia Sinfonietta has been one of the most sought after Bulgarian orchestras.

Mario HOSSEN received his musical education in Sofia, Vienna and Paris. He made his debut as a soloist with an orchestra at the age of eight. His teachers included great pedagogues such as Gérard Poulet and Michael Frischenschlager. Mario Hossen is the artistic director of the Camerata Orphica, Varna International Music Festival and founder of the International Music Academy Orpheus in Vienna. Hailed for his incredible virtuosity and charismatic stage presence, Hossen plays a repertoire that ranges all the way from Renaissance music to Classic music to contemporary works and Jazz. As a concert soloist of international acclaim, Mario Hossen has performed with renowned orchestras such as the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Orchestra della Scala di Milano, the Royal Philharmonic, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie. Hossen has performed with outstanding musicians like Bruno Canino, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Philippe Bernold, Leslie Howard, Adrian Oetiker, Gérard Causse, Roy Goodman, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Boris Mersson, Leon Bosch, Georges Pludermacher and Jean-Bernard Pommier - among others. Several contemporary composers have dedicated works to Hossen and Hossen has commissioned works with composers , e.g. Tomas Marco, Rainer Bischof, Walter Baer, Gheorghi Arnaoudov, François - Pierre Descamps and Alessandro Solbiati. Hossen's musicological and artistic endeavors are focused among other things on source research on Niccolo Paganini. The complete oeuvre of Paganini for solo violin and for violin and orchestra will be released as a historical-critical edition by Doblinger Music Publisher- Vienna. Several highly acclaimed CD's with the world première recording of some of the most famous works by Paganini in their original version were produced by the leading italian CD Label "Dynamic" Genova. Mario Hossen plays a violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, 1749, on loan from the Austrian National Bank collection and is a brand ambassador for Peugeot. Hossen plays all concerts exclusively with his preferred strings, the Vision Titanium Solo strings manufactured by Viennese company Thomastik-Infeld.

L. v. Beethoven- "Egmond" Overture
Niccolò Paganini - solo capriccio "Nel cor piu non mi sento"
Pietro Mascagni - "Cavalleria rusticana" - Intermezzo
Niccolò Paganini - Concert No.1 op.6, 1st movement
Ђоакино Росини - overture "Barber from Sevilla"
Niccolò Paganini - Moses Variations for strings and solo violin
L. v. Beethoven – Symphony No.7, A- dur , 2nd movement
Niccolò Paganini - Religious introduction
Niccolò Paganini – Concert No.2 "La Campanella", 3rd movement- Finale