What experiences do we learn from?

The International Chamber Music Festival in Plovdiv[1] was founded in 1964 by a group of music enthusiasts, with the support of the Plovdiv Municipality and the Ministry of Culture.

The first edition of the Festival was held from June 1 to June 12, 1964 in the Ethnographic Museum in the Old Plovdiv Architectural and Historical Complex. The event quickly an international venue for performances by established classical musicians and a chance for young Bulgarian musicians to witness world-class professionalism. Some of the founders and organizers are Prof. Vladimir Avramov, Prof. Alexandar Neynski, Dobrin Petkov, Marko Mesholam, etc. In the festival are featured numerous premiere works, composers’ premieres, conductors, ensembles and concert halls of chamber music.

Musicians who have appeared at the festival include Yfrah Neaman, Michael Frischenschlager, the duo Emil Kamilarov and Dina Schneidermann, The festival has featured premiere performances of musical compositions, celebrations of composers, conductors, ensembles, and solo performers of chamber music.

A foundation of the same name was created in the 1980s, and active members. The selection and preparation of the annual festival programs are performed by an advisory board, on which have served distinguished Bulgarian musicians – Prof. Anastas Slavchev, Prof. Georgi Kanev, Prof. Alexandar Spirov, Assoc. Prof. Krikor Chetinyan, Prof. Dr. Julian Kujumdziev, Prof. Dr. Plina Kujumdzieva, Dr. Veselin Emanuilov, Adelina Kaludova, Julia Manolova, Dr. Polia Paunova-Tosheva, and others.

From these serious, life-long, and friendly organizations throughout Europe, we will also have to learn how to walk safely in the way to fund the real culture. The main differences remain on the conducting board; A clear objective associated with a general regional or national strategy; names of musicians who are invited; as well as the support they need to provide. Meanwhile in our  country the private and personal festivals are receiving most of the funds that our Ministry has thrown without  any of such indicators.

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