JURY

of the Plovdiv International Chamber Music Competition




PRESIDENT: 


ELMIRA DARVAROVA, Violin (USA)

Solo and Recording Artist, Grammy®-nominated 

Former Concertmaster, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York (first ever and only female concertmaster in MET history)

Former Concertmaster,  Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Chicago (first ever and only female concertmaster of a major Chicago orchestra)

Founder & Leader of New York Piano Quartet,   Delphinium Trio,

Otero - Darvarova Duo,  Quinteto del fuego,  Amram Ensemble

Artistic Director,  New York Chamber Music Festival









MARIA CHIROKOLIYSKA, Double Bass (France)

Principal Double Bass/ 1st Solo, Supersoliste de l’Orchestre National de France

Principal Double Bass, Les Dissonances, Paris, France

Principal Double Bass, Ravenna Festival Orchestra (under Riccardo Muti)

Winner of International Competitions, including Bottesini Competition (first ever woman winner)

Jury Member, Internationaler Musikwettbewerb der ARD, München





VESSELIN GELLEV, Violin (Great Britain)

Associate Concertmaster, London Philharmonic Orchestra

Guest Concertmaster, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London

Guest Concertmaster, Leipzig Radio Symphony, Germany

Former Concertmaster, Spoleto Festival, Italy

Winner of international competitions





ALEXANDRE GIORDAN, Cello (Monaco)

Associate Principal Cello, 2nd Solo Cellist, Orchestre National de France

Solo and Principal Cello, Paris Chamber Orchestra, Bordeaux Chamber Orchestra

Winner of international competitions

Solo and Recording Artist





Prof. ANATOLY KRASTEV, Cello (Bulgaria)

Solo and Recording Artist

Former Vice Rector of the National Academy of Music, Sofia

Founder/Cellist, Trio Kinor; Leader, “Cellissimo” Ensemble






LUDMILA LAFTCHIEVA, Violin (Italy)

Former Violinist, Teatro alla Scala, Milano, Italy

Former Violinist, Filarmonica della Scala, Milano, Italy

Former Violinist, Cameristi della Scala, Milano, Italy

Former Associate Concertmaster, Teatro La Fenice, Venice, Italy







Prof. VASSILY LOBANOV, Piano (Germany/Russia)

Professor of Piano, Kalaidos Musikhochschule, Zürich, Switzerland
Former Professor of Piano, Musikhochschule Köln
Former Professor of Piano and Composition, Moscow Conservatory
Chamber Music Partner of Sviatoslav Richter, Oleg Kagan, Victor Tretiakov, Yuri Bashmet, Natalia Gutman

Founder and Former Artistic Director, Osnabrücker Kammermusiktage (Germany)

Solo and Recording Artist





Prof. Dr. ANNA PRABUCKA-FIRLEJ, Piano (Poland)

Head of Chamber Music Department, Academy of Music "Stanislaw Moniuszko", Gdansk

Board Member, European Chamber Music Teachers' Association

Director, Johannes Brahms International Chamber Music Competition, Gdansk

Director, International Piano Duo Festival, Gdansk

Founder and Member, Gdansk Piano Trio

Solo and Recording Artist






Dr. VANGUEL TANGAROV, Clarinet (USA)

Principal Clarinet, Austin Lyric Opera, Texas

Assistant Professor of Clarinet, Texas State University

Former Principal Clarinet, Sofia Philharmonic

​Former Principal Clarinet, Academia Chigiana Symphony, Siena (Italy)

Former Principal Clarinet, Jeunesses Musicales World Symphony, Berlin (Germany)






Prof. Dr. YASSEN TEODOSSIEV, Horn (Bulgaria)

Solo and Recording Artist

Principal Horn, Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra

Principal Horn, Academia Chigiana Symphony, Siena (Italy)

Professor of Horn, National Academy of Music, Sofia