Rossen Gergov, laureate of 2007 Competition

Photo: Ivomir Peshev

Rossen Gergov is gaining widespread recognition for his work both on the concert platform and in the opera pit, in repertoire from Mozart to the most challenging of contemporary works. Recent performances at Opera North (Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s The Portrait) and the Bregenzer Festspiele (the opening concert of the festival with the Wiener Symphoniker) have consolidated his place as one of the brightest of today’s emerging conducting talents.
Already with substantial experience in the operatic field, his engagements include Tosca on the Seebühne, Benedict Mason’s Playing Away and the Austrian premiere of Weinberg’s Das Portrait, all at the Bregenzer Festspiele; Die Fledermaus and Rigoletto at the Volksoper Wien; La Traviata and Le Nozze di Figaro at Theater Meiningen; Carmen in Varna, Bulgaria; the world premiere of Akos Banlaky’s Prinz, Held und Füchsin in Vienna; and the Czech premiere of Michael Jarrell’s Cassandra at the Brno National Theatre. Rossen Gergov holds the position of Principal Guest Conductor at the Rousse State Opera, Bulgaria, and he conducted a production of Falstaff  there in 2012/13 season. Last season also saw a collaboration between him and Trinity College of Music, London in a new production of Orpheus in the Underworld.
Orchestras with which he has worked include Bamberger Symphoniker, the BBC Symphony and BBC Scottish Symphony orchestras, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestre National Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Century Orchestra Osaka, Kyoto Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra; the Polish National Radio, Basel, Kyoto, Sapporo, Norrlandsoperan, Tokyo and Hiroshima symphony orchestras; and the Graz, Nagoya, Jena and Zagreb philharmonic orchestras. Engagements in 2012/13 included his debuts with the Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicale, Ensemble Modern, Sinfonia Finlandia, Juväskylä, the Sofia and Paderewski State Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra. Highlights in 2013/14 season include a return to the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and debuts with the Hyogo Center of Performing Arts Orchestra and Perm State Opera.
Born in 1981, he studied piano and clarinet before taking conducting lessons with Michail Angelov. He was accepted to Leopold Hager’s class at the Universität für Musik in Vienna at the age of 18 and soon came to the attention of Seiji Ozawa who invited him to the Tanglewood Music Festival. He subsequently acted as his assistant in Vienna. He conducted the ORF-Sinfonieorchester upon graduation and went on to become Assistant Conductor of the Tonkünstlerorchester, a post he held until 2009.
Rossen Gergov is a Laureate of the first Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition (held by the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra) in May 2007. His recording of works by David Chesky with the Symphony Orchestra of the Norrlandsoperan was nominated for a Grammy in 2008 and he has also recorded for the BBC, the Bayerische Rundfunk and ORF in Austria.

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