The conductor Rossen Gergov will conduct the opera "Der fliegende Holländer" by Richard Wagner, the premiere of which will be on 8 July within the festival "Muses of Water" on the lake Pancharevo, announced the Sofia Opera and Ballet.
The conductor Rossen Gergov has won widespread international acclaim for his performances both on the concert podium and on the opera stage, with repertoire ranging from Mozart to works described as the greatest challenges of contemporary music. His recent appearances at Opera North, England (Mieczyslaw Weinberg's "The Portrait") and at the Bregenzer Festspiele, Austria (opening concert with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra) confirm his place as one of the brightest talents among the conductors of the younger generation.
Until 2017, Gergov was chief conductor of the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra. He regularly works with the Sofia Philharmonic as one of the main guest conductors.
He has performed with the Polish National Radio Orchestra, Katowice, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Pomeranian State Philharmonic, Tokyo New City Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. In February 2020, he returned to Teatro Comunale Bolzano, where he conducted the contemporary opera "Alice" by Matteo Franceschini.
He has upcoming engagements with the ORF RSO Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Pomeranian State Philharmonic. In the past seasons, stood out his projects with the SWR Symphonieorchester, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra and Sichuan Symphony Orchestra.
In 2017/18, he made his debut at the Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos, Lisbon, where he conducted a series of concerts with the Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa. He debuted also with the Osaka Symphony Orchestra in Japan.
Having gained impressive experience in the field of opera, Gergov directed spectacles at the Bregenz Festival, Austria, where he conducted on stage in the lake "Tosca", "Playing Away" by Benedict Mason and the Austrian premiere of Weinberg's "The Portrait"; "Die Fledermaus" and "Rigoletto" at the Wiener Volksoper; "La Traviata" and "Le nozze di Figaro" at the Meininger Theater; "Carmen" in Varna; the world premiere of "Prinz, Held und Füchsin" by Akos Banlaky in Vienna and the Czech premiere of "Cassandre" by Michael Jarrell at the Brno National Theatre.
Among the orchestras Gergov has worked with are the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, the Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias, and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Kyoto Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Osaka Century Orchestra, the Polish National Radio Orchestra, the orchestras of Basel, Kyoto, Sapporo, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Jena, Graz, Nagoya, the Norrlandsoperan and the Zagreb Philharmonic. In the current 2022/23 season, the conductor will debut with orchestras such as I Pomeriggi Musicale, Sinfonia Finlandia, Juvaskyla and the BNR Symphony Orchestra.
Born in 1981, Rossen Gergov studied at the L. Pipkov National Music School, where he began playing piano with Milka Miteva, later clarinet with Borislav Yotsov, then took conducting lessons with Mihail Angelov. At the age of 18, he was accepted to study conducting in the class of Léopold Hager at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He was soon noticed by Seiji Ozawa, who invited him to the Tanglewood Music Festival. He subsequently became Ozawa's assistant in Vienna. Gergov conducted the ORF Radio-Sinfonieorchester upon graduation and became Assistant conductor of the Tonkunstlerorchester, a position he held until 2009.
Rossen Gergov is a laureate of the First International Competition for Conductors is a laureate of the First International Competition for Conductors named after Evgeny Svetlanov, organized by the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, held in May 2007. His recording of works by David Chesky with the Norrlandsoperan Symphony Orchestra was nominated for the Grammy Awards in 2008. Gergov has recorded for the BBC, the Bavarian Radio and ORF Austria.