The Symphony Orchestra of the Razgrad Philharmonywas founded in 1922 by Ilia Barnev. The first performed concert included Unfinished symphony No 8 by Schubert and Egmont Overture by Beethoven. The orchestra was composed of 40 musicians and was fully completed according to the scores. In 1947, the Razgrad amateur orchestra performed a concert in the capital, in Bulgaria Hall, under the conductorship of Stephan Vachev and then the orchestra became a state orchestra. The repertoire of the orchestra includes symphonic and opera compositions of various styles and genres. Almost all famous and outstanding conductors and soloists from Bulgaria and other countries have been guests of the orchestra. The orchestra has made tours in Germany, Italy, Sweden, Greece, Turkey etc.with great success.
Petko Stainov:...”I don’t know how many
and which are the towns in Bulgaria that can present if not an orchestra some other cultural work from the rank of the Symphonic Orchestra of Razgrad.”
Ilia Barnev – 1922-1947 Stephan Vachev – 1945-1954 Nikola Ivanov – 1954-1955 Nikolay Tonev – 1955-1957 David Nedyalkov – 1956-1959 Philip Lambev – 1958-1962 Ivan Bakalov – 1959 Dimitar Karagyozov – 1960-1964 Sabka Genovska – 1962-1964 Asen Markov – 1966 Stephan Vachev – 1967-1969 Asparuh Lissov – 1969-1970 Nikolay Tonev - 1970-1975 Georgi Chimshirov - 1971-2013 Krassen Inanov - 1979-1990 Krassen Ivanov - 1992-2019 Levon Manukyan - 2007 Kalina Vassileva - 2015 - 2017
Razgrad Philharmonic Orchestra “Professor D.Nenov” and “Dunavski Valni” Choir - Ruse, after a performance of the 9th Symphony by Beethoven on a celebration of 60th anniversary of National Symphony Orchestra and 145 years of orchestra work in Razgrad. /9th May 2007/