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The legendary Wiener Symphoniker for the first time in Bulgaria

On September 9 and 10 the representative orchestra of the city of Vienna will give concerts in Plovdiv under the baton of Nayden Todorov and with soloist Mario Hossen

The legendary Wiener Symphoniker is visiting Bulgaria for the first time in September. The official orchestra of the city of Vienna will perform two concerts at the iconic Ancient Theatre in Plovdiv. The audience will hear world-class interpretations on September 9 and 10. The program includes the Coriolan Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven, the virtuoso Niccolo Paganini‘s Violin Concerto No. 1 and the Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvořák. The historic concert will be conducted by maestro Nayden Todorov - a Viennese graduate and director of the Sofia Philharmonic. The soloist of the evening will be the world-renowned performer and expert on Paganini's music, maestro Mario Hossen. Founded in 1900, today Wiener Symphoniker is one of the leading orchestras in the world. Its history includes premieres of an impressive series of works that are today naturally "anchored" in the repertoire. Among them are Anton Bruckner's Ninth Symphony, Arnold Schoenberg's Pelleas und Melisande and his ground-breaking Gurre-Lieder, Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto, the Mermaid by Alexander von Zemlinsky and many more. The orchestra wrote musical history with bold, avant-garde programs, including the legendary "Watschenkonzert" of 31 March 1913, when Arnold Schoenberg conducted his own works and compositions by Zemlinsky, Webern, Berg and Mahler. Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Anton von Webern also stood on the conductor's stand of the orchestra. Among the soloists we find the names of Claude Debussy and Bela Bartok, for whom the orchestra was the door to the world stage. Among the soloists and conductors of the orchestra shines the name of Herbert von Karajan, who in 1928 performed in Vienna as a soloist The Third Piano Concerto by Pancho Vladigerov. It was Herbert von Karajan - musical director of the orchestra from 1948 to 1964 who formed the hitherto unattainable "Viennese classical sound" of the orchestra. In the huge series of conductors who worked with the orchestra, we also read the names of Wilhelm Furtwängler, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Abbado, Carlos Kleiber, Sergiu Celibidache, Vladimir Fedoseev. The main conductor of the orchestra today is Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Among the soloists they will work with in the 200/23 season are Gautier Capuçon, Vilde Frang, Hilary Kahn, Alexander Kantorov, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Gil Shaham, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian and Víkingur Ólafsson. Do not miss the musical event of the year on September 9 and 10 at the Ancient Theatre of Plovdiv! Witness the historic meeting between artists from Vienna and Plovdiv - two cities with centuries-old cultural traditions!


MARIO HOSSEN is an Austrian-Bulgarian soloist and conductor, recognized as a leading interpreter and researcher of Paganini's music. Only at the age of 8 he made his debut with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra. He continued his education in Vienna with Prof. Michael Frischenschlager and graduated with an award from the Austrian Ministry of Culture for high creative achievements. He was also granted Austrian citizenship in the interests of the Republic of Austria. He specialized with Gerard Poulet in Paris. His performances of Paganini's six concertos and twenty-four caprices and Beethoven's violin sonatas are especially popular and he is an editor and researcher of Paganini's overall work for violin and orchestra for one of the world's oldest music publishers, Musikverlag-Doblinger Vienna. He recorded world premieres of Paganini's works for the Italian record company Dymanic. Prof. Hossen has been a soloist with some of the world's most famous orchestras, including the Wiener Symphoniker, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Academy St. Martin in the Fields, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, the Radio Sofia Symphony Orchestra and many others. Mario Hossen has been a conductor of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and an artistic director of the Concert Spirituel in Vienna. He is a honorary professor of violin at NBU, with a notable teaching career and students who are winners of high awards from competitions and festivals in Europe and Asia. Prof. Hossen has been awarded the prestigious Sofia Music Prize and the FM Classic Radio Award. He plays a Guadagnini violin of 1749, which was provided to him by the Austrian National Bank and has been an artist of Thomastik Infeld, Vienna. Since 2019 Prof. Hossen has been the artistic director of the Varna Summer International Music Festival (1926). The festival is the winner of the audience award of the European Festival Association for 2019/20.

NAYDEN TODOROV has not only realized a successful career as a conductor in the symphonic and musical-stage genre, but throughout his artistic career he has proved himself with bright ideas and active professional leadership. He has performed at the stages in Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey, Russia, Israel, Egypt, China, South Korea and the United States. Maestro Todorov has also participated in international cross-over projects. He studied orchestral conducting with Uroš Lajowitz and Karl Östereicher at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In 1995 he began working as a conductor of orchestras in Vratsa and Vidin and in 1996 was invited by the Israeli Leonard Bernstein Foundation at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, where he specialized with Mandy Rodan. In 1997 he created the Thracian Summer Festival in Plovdiv. A year later, he received his first permanent international engagement - in Haifa, Israel, with the North Israeli Symphony Orchestra, where he was selected for the position of permanent conductor of the orchestra. He has a long and intense creative path with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. He made his debut in 2001. Subsequently, he was the chief guest-conductor, and since the beginning of 2017 he has been its director. In 2005 Nayden Todorov received his first "Crystal Lyre" for the performance with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra of the Second Symphony by Gustav Mahler. For the promotion of Bulgarian music he received the " Golden Music Staff" award of the Union of Bulgarian Composers, later the "Golden Book" award, а Plaque of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria and others. Together with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra he made his debut at the UNESCO Hall in Paris and at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. At the beginning of 2018 he conducted the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra at the concert opening the Bulgarian Presidency of the European Council in the world-famous BOZAR Hall. In 2019 Disney organized the first major concert presentation of Star Wars (“Star Wars in a Concert”) in the largest cities in China with the participation of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Nayden Todorov. In the same year he made his debut again with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in the Golden Hall of Musicfair - Vienna. Maestro Todorov has been working with some of the world's most prominent singers and instrumentalists such as Rayna Kabaivanska and Angela Gheorghiu, Sonya Yoncheva, Veselina Katsarova, Paul Badura-Skoda, Yuri Bashmet, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Sarah Chang, Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin, Julian Rachlin, Martha Argerich, Midori, Ivo Pogorelić, Placido Domingo, Joshua Bell, Gautier Capuçon and others. Since 2018, as part of the educational policy of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Nayden Todorov has become the host of "At a concert with BNT 2" classical music show on the Bulgarian National Television. In 2019, for his concerts with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Nayden Todorov was chosen by the listeners of the Bulgarian National Radio for the second time as "Musician of the Year". In 2021 he published his first book of short stories "Breath of Angels".