Official Opening of the Bulgarian Presidency in Brussels with a concert at BOZAR on 1 February


Photo: Jerome Latteur, BOZAR

The Official Opening of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will be marked with a concert at the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels at 8 pm on 1 February 2018.

The Programme brings together important works of Bulgarian classical music and folklore, as well as European music.  They will be performed by the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Nayden Todorov, the Vanya Moneva Choir conducted by Vanya Moneva, and the special guests – soprano Sonya Yoncheva and pianist Lyudmil Angelov

The tickets cost between 16 and 60 Euro and can be purchased online on the BOZAR’s website:


Festive Overture Veselin Stoyanov

Tu puniscimi, oh Signor (Luisa Miller) Giuseppe Verdi

Toi qui sus le néant (Don Carlos) Giuseppe Verdi

Roots Alexander Tekeliev

2 Bulgarian folk songs

Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 2, op. 21 Frédéric Chopin

Tacea la notte placida (Il Trovatore) Giuseppe Verdi

Pace, pace, pace mio Dio (La Forza del destino) Giuseppe Verdi


Additional Information:

Photo: Yannick Sas, BOZAR

BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts is the most prestigious art venue in Brussels.  It was established after WWI and has an area of 33,000 sq. m. Its Concert Hall with 2,200 seats is the home of the National Symphony Orchestra of Belgium and is among the most famous musical venues worldwide.

Photo: Dario Acosta

The soprano Sonya Yoncheva is one of the emblematic voices of her generation. With her rich and varied repertoire, featuring works of Mozart, Verdi, Tchaikovsky and Puccini, she has conquered the opera scenes in New York, London, Milan, Berlin, Vienna and Paris.  Her unforgettable performances are admired by the critics and by the audiences as well – due to her beautiful voice and also due to her exceptional stage presence.

The pianist Lyudmil Angelov has graduated from the National Academy of Music in Sofia. He is famous all over Europe, the USA, South America, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan. He has performed numerous chamber concerts; he has played as soloist with all Bulgarian and many prestigious foreign orchestras.   

Photo: Rudy Bezhev

Conductor Nayden Todorov is one of the greatest talents of the young generation of musicians in Bulgaria. His rich repertoire has made him one of the most respected young conductors in the world of music.  After having worked for 12 years as Director of Ruse Opera, since 2017 he has been appointed Director General of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra.

Photo: Vasilka Balevska

In its 85 years old history, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra has been a great example of the modern musical culture in Bulgaria.  With its remarkable achievements on the Bulgarian and on the international scene, the Orchestra has attracted large and varied audiences.  The artistic collaborations with world famous artists from contemporary musical genres have contributed to the growing popularity and the international renown of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra.

Vanya Moneva is one of the greatest names of Bulgarian choir performing art. She has conducted the “Cosmic Voices from Bulgaria” Choir, the Ladies’ Folklore Choir “Cosmic Voices” and a number of other ladies, men and children’s choirs. She is currently working with a choir named Vanya Moneva after her. In her long standing professional career she has worked predominantly with Bulgarian composers, who she inspires and provokes with her deep knowledge about the choir music.

“Vanya Moneva” is the new name of one of the most famous ladies’ choirs in Bulgaria, conducted by Vanya Moneva. Works of many and various genres are part of its repertoire – folklore music with contemporary arrangements, Orthodox Church music, contemporary jazz and pop projects, film and theatrical music. The rich concert biography of the choir includes participation in Bulgarian and international festivals and tours in Europe, South America and Asia.

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