Mixed Choir “Professor Vassil Arnaudov”
The Professor Vassil Arnaudov Mixed Choir was founded in Ruse in 1993 as a tribute to the remarkable Bulgarian choir director Vassil Arnaudov (1933 – 1991). It has taken part in a number of international and national music festivals and events in Bulgaria and abroad such as March Music Days in Ruse (every year since 1993), Varna Summer, British Days in Bulgaria, Days of the Bulgarian Culture in Bucharest, Easter Festival in Plovdiv, Salon of the Arts in Sofia, Ohrid Summer in Macedonia, Chamber Music Festival in Gabrovo, Verdi Festival in Magdeburg, Germany, among others. Since 2008 the choir started a successful collaboration with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, taking part in the performance of major oratorio works conducted by Zubin Mehta, Ivan Fischer, Dmitri Kitayenko, Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, and others. In 1998 the choir won two gold medals and the Grand Prix of the Third International Choir Festival in Polheim, Germany. In 2001 it won the first prize at the Dragan Shuplevski International Choir Competition in Skopje, Macedonia. In 2004 the choir was awarded the Grand Prix of Nish at the XV International Choir Festival in Nish, Serbia.
The choir’s repertoire covers a wide stylistic range from the Renaissance to contemporary works written specifically for the ensemble, with a large part of its repertoire dedicated to the music of the 20th century. In 1999 the female members of the choir recorded the cantata Happy Music by Stefan Dragostinov, a work commissioned by EBU and included in the celebration of the new millennium. The choir has performed concerts in Germany, Romania, Spain, Macedonia, and France, and has made recordings for Bulgarian National Radio, Bulgarian National Television, as well as for Germany’s ORF and SWF. Dragomir Yosifov was its chorus master from the foundation of the choir in 1993 until 2015. Since the 2014/2015 season, its chorus master has been Svilen Dimitrov. Under his guidance the choir performed several times in Christoph Willibald Gluck‘s opera Orfeo ed Euridice and took part in a recent edition of March Music Days Festival with Leos Janacek’s Nursery Rhymes. The most recent works in the choir’s repertoire are Vivaldi’s Gloria and John Rutter’s Magnificat. Currently, the choir is preparing for the premiere of Georg Philipp Telemann’s opera Orpheus. In 2016 the chorus was a partner in the Choral Conducting course organized by the International Summer Academy Allegra.