Emil Tabakov

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Emil Tabakov conducts the BRN Symphony Orchestra

Emil Tabakov [ɛˈmiʎ taˈbakov] (Bulgarian: Емил Табаков (born 1947) is a Bulgarian conductor, composer and double-bass player.

Life and career[edit]

Emil Tabakov was born in Ruse, Bulgaria. In 1974 he studied at the Bulgarian State Music Academy with Todor Toshev, Marin Goleminov and Vladi Simeonov. He graduated with a diploma in conducting and double-bass in 1974 and in composition in 1978.

Tabakov's first engagement as a conductor was from 1976-79 with the Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra. From 1979 to 1987 he served as Music Director and Conductor of the Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra. He was appointed Principal Conductor of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in 1987, and again served in this position from 1998-2000. From 1994-2000 he was Artistic Director and Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2014 he is the conductor of the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra.[1] In 1997 Tabakov served as Bulgarian Minister of Culture.[2]

Tabakov mainly composes for large ensembles, including symphonies and instrumental concertos. His works are recorded and available on media.[3]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • Winner of the Nikolai Malko International Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen (1977)
  • Musician of the Year of the Bulgarian National Radio (1992)
  • "Crystal Lyre" (2009) Union of Musicians in Bulgaria.
  • Nominated for "Man of the Year" (1992) by the International Bibliographic Centre in Cambridge, England

Selected works[edit]

Selected works include:

Orchestral
  • Symphony No. 1 (1981)
  • Symphony No. 2 (1984)
  • Symphony No. 3 (1988)
  • Symphony No. 4 (1997)
  • Symphony No. 5 (2000)
  • Symphony No. 6 (2001)
  • Symphony No. 7 (2005)
  • Symphony No. 8 (2010)
  • Concert Piece (1985)
  • Astral Music (1978)
  • Ad Infinitum (1992)
  • Concerto for Orchestra (1995)
Concertante
  • Concerto for 15 String Instruments (1979)
  • Double-Bass Concerto (1975)
  • Percussion Concerto (1976), commissioned by the percussion ensemble Poliritmia
  • Concert Piece for trumpet and string orchestra (1985)
  • Concerto for two flutes and orchestra (2000), written for Patrick Gallois (recorded on Naxos 8.570073)
  • Piano Concerto (2003) (recorded on Naxos 8.570073)
  • Concerto for cello and orchestra (2006)
  • Concerto for viola and orchestra (2007)
Chamber music
  • Sonata for viola and double bass (2005)
  • Sonata for double bass and piano
  • Etude (Етюд) for 12 double basses
  • Lamento for 12 double basses (2002)
  • Motivy (Мотиви) for double bass solo
  • Motivy 2 (Мотиви 2) for double bass solo (2005)
  • Prelude (Прелюд) for violin solo
  • Improvisation (Импровизация) for clarinet solo
  • Imagination (Въображения) for flute solo (2005)
Piano
  • Sonatina
Choral
  • Turnovgrad Cantata, for mezzo-soprano solo, 4 basses solo, narrator and orchestra (1976)
  • Requiem, for 4 soloists, chorus and orchestra (1994)
  • Concerto for Violin, Vibraphone, Marimba, Bells and Mixed Choir (1996), written for the famous Bulgarian violinist Mintcho Mintchev

References[edit]

  1. ^ Emil Tabakov (Conductor), Bach Cantatas Website 
  2. ^ Emil Tabakov, Union of the Bulgarian Composers 
  3. ^ Soames, Nicholas (2012), The Story Of Naxos: The extraordinary story of the independent record label 

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