The voices of “Bulgaria is you!”

Silvia Katsarova

Silvia Katsarova was born in 1954 in Dobrich. One of the most popular Bulgarian pop singers. She completed her musical education in the class of Evgeny Komarov, at the National Music Academy “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov. Soloist of the famous band “LZ”, formed by her and her husband Milcho Katsarov. Performer of some of the most popular Bulgarian schlager songs, including “The Big Ship Is Passing”, “White Sigh” and “Promise Me Love”. Her duets with Vasil Naydenov entered the golden collection of Bulgarian pop hits, and in 1987 her song “Warm Rain” won the “Melody of the Year” competition.  

Teddy Katsarova

Teddy Katsarova’s career started when she was only 16 years old, beginning with the Hit Minus One competition for young performers in 1995, when she won first place. Growing up in the family of popular musicians Milcho Katsarov and Silvia Katsarova, she decided to continue the family tradition as a solo pop singer. In 1996-2000 she grew as a performer and realized her first highly successful solo album – “Velvet”, which brought her recognition on the Bulgarian music scene. In the period she also won the RnB Singer of the Year award for 1998 and Fashion Singer of the Year for 2000. In 2001 she married the Finnish Max Holm and moved to Finland. The same year she started her collaboration with the famous Finnish singer-songwriter Ressu Redford, creating some of the most popular radio and TV commercials for Finland. Parallel to this she joined the Club Red project, composing with Ressu Redford in a new techno, dance style, and took part in a two-year tour as a guest singer with some of Scandinavia’s most famous DJs, including Da Rude, Bomfunk Mcs, Dallas Superstars. In 2005, the song “Unconditional Love” composed by Ressu Redford and Teddy took part in Eurovision Finland, placing second. Teddy performed it together with American rapper MC Chrsiss. Due to the great interest, the song has been implemented as a single and is rotating on 15 radio stations in Sweden and Finland. Teddy and MC Chrsiss were invited to guest on the Swedish Radio Match tour and participated in the big concerts organized in 10 cities. In 2007 Teddy started a collaboration with the popular Swedish rapper DJ Mendez and the single Streetlife was released with the participation of DJ Gismo. Between 2007 and 2009. Teddy also participated in: – Eurovision Bulgaria together with the German composer Peter Gorski and finished in 5th place. She went to Witnam at the invitation of the TV format “Music Idol” and spent 2 months training young talents. He finalized his solo album “180 Reasons”. In 2009 he won the Grand Prize and first place as a composer at the Bulgarian Song Contest “Burgas and the Sea” performed by Vasil Naydenov and Silvia Katsarova. The same year he won fifth place in the Balkans with the song “Pop Star” at the Sunchane Scale competition in Montenegro. 2010 was an extremely successful year for Teddy Katsarova – she is pushing hard in the field of young composers.

Bobo is a Bulgarian hip-hop talent, singer, songwriter and composer with Guinean roots. In 2001 he became part of the first Bulgarian hip-hop label “Sniper Records”, where his career started. As a songwriter, Bobo has worked with a number of popular Bulgarian artists and created musical works. He is also one of the vocalists of the instrumental band Freestyle and created his own band called Bobo & The Gang, which played on the main stage of the Spirit of Burgas festival in 2012. In the same year the rapper became an official member of the Sympfonics production team. The song “I Stay Here” by Christo and Lora Karadzhova, based on his lyrics, became one of the biggest hits of the summer of 2012 and is associated with the biggest rise of Bulgarian pop music. And his joint track with the popular singer Grafa – “Smoke to me gone” reaped unprecedented success and is considered the biggest hit in 20 years.

Adriana Nikolova (The Roast)

Adriana Nikolova – The Roast is the 2012 Women’s World Beatboxing Champion. She has been playing the piano since early childhood. She studied at the Panayot Pipkov National School of Arts, majoring in opera singing. He also trains in table tennis and is even a champion in Pleven. She started beatboxing 4 years ago, and appeared at the World Beatboxing Championships in Berlin, where she competed with 20 other girls and managed to win. In addition to this competition, she also won third place in the “Emperor of the Microphone” competition in Austria. After the Berlin prize, Pechenka received an invitation to participate in the song of Grafa and Bobo – “Smoke me out”. The song became a great summer hit. She also released a self-titled video, ” This Beat”.

Sandra Sulkova - Santra

Sandra Salkova – Santra is a Bulgarian pop and R&B singer. She started her musical career at the age of sixteen in the music company KA Music. In 1999 she was one of the favourites in the young talent show “Hit Minus One”. “What Happened Last Night”, “Without You”, “You Don’t Love Me Anymore”, together with rapper Spence, and “Me and You”, together with rapper Bobo, are just some of the singer’s projects that enjoyed great success. Santra has a penchant for fashion. She even created the ribbon dress for the video “Nesca, I’m a fan of you” herself. She also loves to create photo collages from fashion magazines.

Vasil Petrov

Vasil Petrov was born in 1964 in Sofia. Singer and musician with wide professional interests and achievements in jazz and pop music. He graduated from the Vocal Faculty of the National Academy of Music “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov. He has worked with the Big Band of the Bulgarian National Radio, led by Vili Kazasyan, and with Acoustic Version – leading jazz groups in Bulgaria. Participant in a number of Bulgarian and international pop and jazz festivals. He has successfully performed in Finland, Sweden, Norway, USA, Russia, Japan, etc. Winner of the following awards:Golden Orpheus ‘ 1995 – Hit of the Year, “Shelter in the Rain”, music and arrangement by Vasil Parmakov, lyrics by Milcho Spasov and Terry Kaliski; Golden Orpheus ‘ 1995 – Artist of the Year 1994; Golden Orpheus ‘ 1995 – Album of the Year for “The Other” (1994), the Apollo Toxophoros Award – for outstanding contribution to the development of Bulgarian culture and its presentation abroad.

Balkanska - Member of the Honorary Presidency

Народна певица Valya Balkanska was born on January 8, 1942 in the village of Luck-Mahala above the village of Arda, Smolyan, consisting of 7 houses. From an early age she began to sing folk songs in an incomparable way. Endowed with a cosmic voice, the singer performed over three hundred songs with which she conquered the biggest world stages besides Bulgaria. Undoubtedly, Valya Balkanska’s most famous song is “Izlel e Deliu haidutin”. In 1972 this recording was included in the Golden Disc of Music from Earth and sent into space in 1977 with the Voyager 1 and 2 stations. For years Valya Balkanska has been a soloist of the ensemble “Rodopa” – Smolyan, with which she glorifies Bulgarian folk song in Bulgaria and the world. In December 2005 the folk singer received her star plaque in the Bulgarian Walk of Fame.

Kaludi Kaludov

Kaludi Kaludov is a Bulgarian opera singer with worldwide fame. He is one of the five most famous Bulgarian opera singers and has received numerous accolades. In contrast to his glorious existence, his early life had an uneasy fate. By compulsion, he graduated from the Internal Combustion Engine Technical School. But fate knows its work – today he has 35 years of stage activity and more than 60 roles played behind him. In 1978 she graduated in opera singing at the State Music Academy – Sofia in the class of Assoc. Liliana Zhablenska and continued to develop as a tenor as a student of the famous Bulgarian singer and music teacher Nikola Nikolov. His debut as a singer was in 1978 in the role of Alfred in Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Traviata. Since the 1980s, Kaludi Kaludov’s international career has been on the rise and he has been ranked by opera connoisseurs at the top of tenors in the world. He has sung at the Vienna State Opera, La Scala, Liceo (Barcelona), Covent Garden, the Metropolitan and other world opera houses. He has performed the principal tenor roles in operas by Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni, Bizet, Leoncavallo and others. He has partnered world-class performers and worked with world-class conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Fabio Luisi and Claudio Abado. His repertoire includes a number of oratorio parts and concert performances. Since 1990 Kaludi Kaludov has been living permanently in Poland and singing in the biggest Polish opera theatre – Teatr Wielki in Warsaw. In 1992 he founded and was the artistic director of the Viva el canto Festival of Vocal Music in the Polish city of Cheshin. Since 2003 he has been a lecturer at the Music Academy of Katowice. Since 1994 Kaludi Kaludov has conducted several master classes in Poland, Italy and Bulgaria. Kaludi Kaludov has records in the biggest record companies. On the Polish market his CD “O Star of Bethlehem” is particularly popular, for which he was awarded the Golden Record. But he doesn’t forget where he started. “I have never been ashamed of my origins. I was born in the village of Lyuben Karavelovo,” he says. In 2007 the artist who brings audiences around the world to their feet and can live in a richer country returned to Bulgaria. In 2013 the maestro also participated in the forum “Good News Day” from Bulgaria in Brussels, organized by the Association “Bulgaria is you!”, because he feels obliged to contribute with his talent to his homeland.

Christina Angelakova

CHRISTINA ANGELAKOVA is a graduate of the Music Academy in Sofia and Santa Cecilia in Rome. She specialised in Venice in the Baroque vocal style and at the Centre for the Improvement of Young Singers at La Scala in Milan with the world-famous singer Gina Cigna. Her career began happily: a three-year contract with the Milanese Scala, where Christina Angelakova made her artistic debut in the role of Ulrica from “Masked Ball”. New roles were added – Jocasta from Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex, Adalgisa from Norma, Leonora from The Favourite, Elizabeth from Mary Stewart, etc. She also took part in performances at the Piccola Scala, and toured Italy with the famous Orchestra Virtuosi di Roma, with whom she appeared in the Baroque repertoire. Its creative formation took place in the capable hands of Maderna, Gavazzeni, Bartholet, Peter Mag, Delman, Aranovic, Sandozogno, Dzeda Jelmetti, Patane, Savalish, Lopez Cobos and directors of the stature of Menotti, Zanussi and others. Christina Angelakova has been a soloist of the National Opera Theatre-Sofia since 1976. On its stage she has performed a series of brilliant artistic renditions of roles from Italian, Russian, French and Bulgarian opera: Amneris, Azucena, Carmen, Santuzza, Isabella from Rossini’s The Italian in Algiers, Madelon from André Chenier, the Countess and Pauline from Dame Spade, Marfa from Boris Godunov, Akhrosimova from War and Peace, Duenna from Prokofiev’s opera of the same name, Lucrezia from Britten’s The Taming of the Shrew, etc. The singer also contributed a lot to the popularization of Bulgarian operas such as “Khan Krum” by Alexander Yossifov, “Khan Asparuh” by Al. Raichev, “Salambo” by Veselin Stoyanov. Parallel to her activities in Bulgaria, she has had a prestigious international career, which has taken her to the stages of the Scala, the Rome Opera, the Deutscheoper – Berlin, Munich, Budapest, Düsseldorf, Liege, Leipzig, Bologna, Palermo, Ravenna, the Bolshoi Theatre – Moscow, Rouen, Athens… He has given concerts all over Europe and at home with prestigious orchestras, chamber ensembles and choirs / Beethoven – Ninth Symphony, Mahler – Songs for Dead Children, Songs for the Earth and Eighth Symphony, Prokofiev – Alexander Nevsky, Janacek – Glagolitic Mass, Respighi – The Sunset. ../ Numerous are her participations in radio and television recordings for RAI (“Armida” by Gluck, “Luisa Miller” by Verdi, “Andre Chenier” by Giordano – film, etc.), for BNR, BNT, she has released CDs and records in “Balkanton”. From 2001 to 2004 Hristina Angelakova was the first woman director of the National Opera and Ballet. In the period 2004 – 2008, as the President of the National Opera and Ballet Foundation, she implemented some of the most significant events in the cultural calendar of the capital. She made her directorial debut with a production of Mozart’s Thus Do They All on the stage of the K. Kisimov – Veliko Tarnovo. Since 2012 he has been the artistic director of the Mozart Festival in Pravets. Associate professor of the State Academy of Performing Arts “Prof. Prof. Pancho Vladigerov – Sofia. Hristina Angelakova was awarded the honorary title of Commendatore of the Italian Republic for outstanding services to the culture of Italy.

Maggie Dzhanavarova

Magdalena Dzhanavarova, better known as Maggie Dzhanavarova, is a Bulgarian singer, and winner of the third season of Music Idol. The talented performer graduated from a music class at the Emilian Stanev Secondary School in Veliko Tarnovo, after which during Music Idol she studied at the Pancho Vladigerov Music Academy in Sofia, majoring in pop and jazz singing in the class of Alice Bovaryan. Winning Music Idol attracted the interest of the production company Virginia Records and shortly afterwards she became part of it. Her first single was called “I Need to Know” and was released in August 2009. Then in December 2009 Maggie recorded a duet with pop singer Miro called “The World is Mine”. She was voted Grazia magazine’s Woman of the Year in the Music category two days after the duet with Miro premiered. At the end of the same year, her first solo album, First Step, was released. In 2012 Maggie Dzhanavarova recorded her first song as a self-producing artist – Call my name.

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