Sofia Solioist

London BG Choir

The Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra was established in 1962 by a group of young musicians from Sofia Opera in Bulgaria. Their first concert in March 1962, conducted by Michail Angelov, attracted the immediate interest and sympathy of the Sofia audience. Soon afterwards they began touring abroad.

Three conductors have played an important part in the orchestra’s development and in the creation of their very special sound: Vassil Kazandjiev (1964-1978), Emil Tabakov (1979-1988), and the current conductor Plamen Djouroff, who has directed the orchestra since 1988. These long musical relationships have been a significant factor in the orchestra’s growth.

The Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra (SSCO) has performed over 3000 concerts all over the world. They began by delighting audiences at major festivals in Germany and France, and today enjoy great popularity at many other European festivals such as San Sebastian and Santander (Spain), Zagreb and Dubrovnik (Croatia), Città di Castella (Italy),Louvain (Belgium), Bergen (Norway).

The ensemble has toured many countries, mainly in Europe, but also the United States which have visited ten times, 13 tours of Japan, 7 of Korea, China, Australia and  South America. They have performed in many prestigious venues:New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican, the Leipzig Gewandhaus,the Salle Gaveau Paris, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Sydney Opera House, andTokyo’s Suntory Hall,  Bunkakaikan and Art Space Centre, as well as the Osaka Symphony Hall.

Among the names of the internationally renowned musicians of the past who have performed with the orchestra are those of Henryk Szeryng, Daniil Shafran, David Walter and Nicanor Zabaleta. In recent times they have worked with Albrecht Breuninger, Patrick Gallois, Heinz Holliger and Nigel Kennedy.

The orchestra has more than 600 works in its repertoire, ranging from baroque to contemporary music. They have premiered over 100 works, some of them written especially for them. Their discography comprises over 60 CDs, with many of them available online through Amazon, ArkivMusic and Naxos. Some of their most brilliant repertoire has been has been published by BMG, Denon, Decca, Harmonia Mundi, Columbia,SABA, Victor, and Gega New.