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Sofia Philharmonie

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Employment History

  • Solo Opera Singer
    National Opera
  • Dean of the Faculty of Theology
    University of St. Clement of Ochrid
  • Chief Conductor
    Symphony Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio
  • Full-Time Conductor
    National Opera and Ballet Theatre
  • Auxiliary Bishop
  • Collegium Musicum

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble


  • honorary diploma
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Kamen Chanev graduated State Musical Academy "Pancho Vladigerov" in 1991 in the town of Sofia.
His debut as an opera singer was in 1993 in the part of Ducca di Mantova of the opera Rigoletto by Verdi on the stage of National Opera Theater in Sofia where he was appointed a solo singer in the same year singing the main tenor repertoire. In 1994 he is a laureate of competition Jussi Bjorling (Sweeden) in competition with 15 excellent tenors from all over the world.
Since 1997 he has been the solo opera singer at National Opera in Prague where he has sang the main tenor repertoire under the baton of numerous famous conductors.
He also has made numerous recordings at Bulgarian National Radio and Bulgarian National Television.
Collegium Musicum - musical productions, 10 Nov 2007 [cached]
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Vassil Kazandjiev started his career in conducting at the National Opera in Sofia, where he worked for seven years. During that period he staged and conducted a number of Bulgarian and foreign operas and ballets: Yana's Nine Brothers and Antigona 43 by Lyubomir Pipkov, Sly Peter by Vesselin Stoyanov, The Boyana Master by Konstantin Iliev, Othello by Verdi, Turandot by Puccini, The Magic Flute by Mozart, Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky, The Wooden Prince by Bartok, and many more.
In 1962 he founded the Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble with which he had very successful concerts in Bulgaria and abroad for 15 years. Since 1978 he was appointed conductor, and from 1985 until 1993 - Chief Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio.
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On 15th Aug. of the same year Patriarch Maxim ordained him as hierodeacon and on 25th March 1976- as priestmonk in the "Sveta Nedelia" (St. Kyriaki) Cathedral in Sofia. From 30th Sept. 1975 till 17th March 1986 he was conductor of the Sofia Priests' Choir and on 15th July 1977 he became also senior lecturer in Eastern church chant and in divine service practice in the Academy of Theology in Sofia. He remained in charge of these subjects until the end of 1980. In the meantime, on 21st November 1977 he was promoted to the rank of archimandrite in the "Sveta Nedelia" (St. Kyriaki) Cathedral in Sofia by Patriarch Maxim. From 1st Jan. 1981 till December 1985 Archimandrite Neofit was chancellor of the Sofia Eparchy (Diocese). While holding that post, on 8th Dec. 1985 he was consecrated as bishop in the St. Alexander Nevsky Patriarchal Cathedral.
Thus he became titular bishop of Levkas and he was made second auxiliary bishop of the Metropolitan of Sofia. On 1st. Dec. 1989 Bishop Neofit became rector of the St. Clement of Ochrid Academy of Theology in Sofia and on 26th July 1991 he was elected also as the first dean of the Faculty of Theology at the University of St. Clement of Ochrid in Sofia. (The Faculty had again become part of the University on 1st July 1991). He remained at this post until January 1992, On 27th January 1992 he was appointed General Secretary of the Holy Synod and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the St. Alexander Nevsky Palriarchal Cathedral. On 27 March 1994 he was elected metropolitan of the Dorostol and Cherven Eparchy and on 3th April of the same year he was canonically confirmed as metropolitan of said diocese. On 17th Dec. 2001 following a decision of the Fifth Council of The Church and the People the eparchy of Dorostol and Cherven was divided into two eparchies - that of Russe and that of Dorostol and since then he has borne the title of "Metropolitan of Rousse".
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Grigor Palikarov As a student at the State Musical Academy in Sofia - 1990-1996 - I have performed many concerts with the professional orchestra of the Academy (nearly three times per term, i.e. about eighteen concerts with various programmes which included Overtures, Concertos and Symphonies from the classical and romantic repertoire).
In January 1995 I was selected as the best student from the conducting class of the Academy, to work as an assistant-conductor at the National Opera - Sofia for three months.
I've also been a conductor of the Youth Philharmonic orchestra "Pioneer" - Sofia. n 1998-1999 season I made my debut on the stage of the National Opera - Sofia, conducting a Gala-concert with the special participation of the famous Bulgarian opera singer Ghena Dimitrova. Since January 2000 I work as full-time conductor at the National Opera and Ballet Theatre - Sofia, conducting a rich variety of repertoire and also I teach musical analysis at State Academy of Music and Dance Arts - Plovdiv as an Assistant-Professor. Moreover since the beginning of 2005/06 season I've taken the position of general artistic manager and conductor of the symphony orchestra - Pazardjik.
Collegium Musicum - musical productions, 31 July 2015 [cached]
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