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Double dose of music class in Bulgaria Hall

The program of the concert on the evening of February 25 in Bulgaria Hall includes a Concerto for piano and orchestra № 17 in G major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Symphony for Chamber Orchestra, Op. 23 by Alexander Tsemlinsky. The chief guest conductor of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra Sasha Gotzel stands on the conductor’s stand.

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The Russian pianist Sergei Redkin is already well known in our country. He began playing the piano at the age of five, and at the age of six he began studying piano and composition at the Krasnoyarsk Music Lyceum, where he was born as a student of Galina Boguslavskaya, and at the Special Music School of the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

Sergey Redkin (Photo: Sofia Philharmonic)

For the period 2012-2015, Sergei won some of the most prestigious awards in his homeland and around the world. In 2016, the great Russian conductor Valery Gergiev invited him as a soloist in the orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater. Together they give concerts in Paris, New York, Mexico, Madrid, Budapest and Munich.

In the concert season 2018/2019, the pianist plays with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under the direction of Yuri Temirkanov, as well as at the prestigious Lucerne International Festival. Solo to the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Fedoseev in Moscow.

During the period he made his first major international tours in Japan and Great Britain, performed piano recitals at the Lucerne International Festival and Verbier (Switzerland), the Noan Festival named after F. Chopin in France and others.

And in the summer of 2020, at the invitation of the Sofia Philharmonic, Redkin gave an unforgettable evening to his fans in Bulgaria, along with his wife – Bulgarian Victoria Vasilenko. Sergei Redkin is an Artist in Residence at the Queen Elizabeth College of Music in Belgium.

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Maestro Sasha Gotzel is the chief guest conductor of the Sofia Philharmonic. Born in Vienna, at the age of 5 he received his first violin lessons from his father, and at the age of 11 he began to study conducting with Prof. Richard Osterreicher.

At 19, he already played at the Vienna Opera, where he was heavily inspired by great conductors such as Zubin Meta, Maris Jansons and Seiji Ozawa. Ozawa became his teacher and invited him to the Tengluwood festival, then he studied with Yorma Panula and at the age of 24 he began to lead the Austrian-Korean Philharmonic in Vienna.

Maestro Sasha Gotzel (Photo: Ozge Balkan)

Since 2008 he has been the artistic director and chief conductor of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, has achieved high artistic results and international recognition in a few years, participated in the Salzburg Festival (2010), made a brilliant debut at BBC Proms (2014) and made his first major tour. Europe (2017).

Countless international reviews emphasize his charisma and stylistic stability, which covers a repertoire from pre-classical to contemporary music and achieves top orchestral performances. He is the permanent conductor of the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, the music director of the orchestra at Atergau and the chief guest conductor of the Kanagawa Philharmonic and the Brittany and Kuopio Symphony Orchestras (Finland).

Sasha Gotzel is also a very experienced and highly acclaimed opera conductor. After his great success with “The Wedding of Figaro” in 2014, the Vienna Opera hired him until 2018 for the productions of “The Magic Flute”, “Don Juan”, “Rigoletto” and “The Knight of the Rose”. And in 2017 he conducted Chimarosa’s “Secret Marriage” at the Lauren National Opera in Nancy.

He has worked with singers such as Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Anna Netrebko, Rene Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Michael Shade and others.

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The concert with Redkin is another for maestro Gotzel with our national philharmonic orchestra, followed by more musical events with the favorite of the Sofia audience.

Tickets – at the box office of Bulgaria Hall and in Eventim