Stefan Nedyalkov


Stefan Nedyalkov


Stefan Nedyalkov was born in Sofia in 1966. He graduated from the Lyubomir Pipkov Secondary Music School and the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music – Sofia in the class of Opera and symphonic conducting of prof. Vassil Kazandjiev. The maestro discovered in him a real conducting talent and actively encouraged him. The same noticed the famous orchestra pedagogue Prof. Ilya Musin from the St. Petersburg Conservatory. In his masterclass in Sofia in 1989, Stefan Nedyalkov achieved a very high mark and received the right to conduct Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 in the final concert with the Bulgarian National Festival Orchestra.

In October 1994 Stefan Nedyalkov was accepted for a two-year specialisation in the Philharmonia Orchestra – London and the London Symphony Orchestra, where he specialised with distinguished conductors such as R. Muti, K. Sanderling, L. Slatkin, G. Rozhdestvensky, Ch. Dutoit.

In October 1996 he was accepted for a one-year specialisation at London's Covent Garden Royal Opera House at the personal invitation of its musical director – the world-famous conductor Bernard Heiting, with whom Stefan specialised in opera conducting and had the opportunity to meet such masters of opera singing as Plácido Domingo, Angela Georgiou, Roberto Alagna, Karita Mattila and others.

Stefan Nedyalkov has successfully participated in three major international competitions. In 1994 at the International Competition for Young Conductors in Tokyo he reached the finals in competition with 194 candidates from 36 countries. In the following year, 1995, he became a finalist in the Leonard Bernstein International Conducting Competition, winning the preliminary rounds organised by the London Symphony Orchestra, where, in competition with 233 candidates from 42 countries, he was among the first 16 to qualify for the final of the competition in Jerusalem, Israel. In 1997, Stefan Nedyalkov again reached the final rounds of the International Conducting Competition in Besançon, France.

In October 1992 he was invited to be the Chief Conductor of the Sliven Philharmonic Orchestra. He worked there actively for two concert seasons.

Stefan Nedyalkov made his operatic debut in Hanover and Hamburg during the tour of the Teatro Musicale Internationale in Germany in January 1996, where he conducted two performances of the opera "Nabucco" by Giuseppe Verdi with great success.

In September 1997 he was invited as Assistant conducting professor at the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music.

From July 1999 to July 2002 Stefan Nedyalkov was invited to be a musical advisor in the City hall of Kitakyushu, Japan, where he worked and performed with the city's symphony orchestra and the Hibiki Chamber Orchestra.

Stefan Nedyalkov has studio recordings at the Bulgarian National Radio. His concerts were broadcast live on the radio programmes. He has also taken part in broadcasts of the Bulgarian National Television.

Many world-famous Bulgarian and foreign soloists such as Mincho Minchev, Angel Stankov, Yosif Radionov, Atsuko Temma, Nikolay Evrov, Viktor Chuchkov, Anton Dikov, Ingrid Jacoby, Anatoli Krastev, Jeffrey Dean and Alexandrina Milcheva were soloists in his concerts.

He has made numerous guest appearances with the philharmonic orchestras in Plovdiv, Vratsa, Shumen, Burgas, Ruse, Vidin, Sliven, as well as the Simfonieta Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio.

Stefan Nedyalkov has also conducted world-renowned orchestras such as the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of the City of Lille (France), the Tokyo Shinsei Symphony Orchestra, the London Classical Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra in London and the Mokpo Philharmonic Orchestra (Korea).

Stefan Nedyalkov is currently a conductor at the Sofia Opera and Ballet, where he made his debut in 2013 as conductor-producer of the opera "Aladino e la Lampada Magica" by Nino Rota. He conducted the performances of "Winnie-the-Pooh" by Andrey Drenikov and "Shegobishko on the Island of Miracles" by Georgi Kostov. He is the conductor of the musicals for children "The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids" and "The Musicians of Bremen" by Alexander Vladigerov, "The Three Piggies" by Alexander Raichev and the opera "Amal and the Night Visitors" by Gian Carlo Menotti.

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