Nayden Todorov

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Nayden Todorov (Bulgarian: Найден Тодоров; born Plovdiv 1974) is a Bulgarian conductor.


Todorov was born on 8 April 1974 in Plovdiv. In 1993 he graduated from National School of Music "Dobrin Petkov" in Plovdiv in the piano class of Darina Kantardzhieva and trumpet class of Lilia Kovacheva-Toporcheva. As a student he founded the Plovdiv Youth Orchestra. In 1996/1997, he was invited by the Leonard Bernstein Foundation (Jerusalem) for a specialization in Israel, where he worked with Mendy Rodan, conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.[1]

Since 1997 Todorov has been the musical director of the international festival "Thracian Summer". In 1998-1999, he became the permanent conductor of the North Israel Symphony Orchestra in Haifa.[2] The same year he was invited to be the Artistic Advisor of the Los Angeles International Chamber Music Festival.[3]

In 2001 he made his debut with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, and from the 2004/2005 season he became its permanent guest conductor. From 2005 to 2017 he was the director of the State Opera in Ruse.[3]

In 2017 Todorov was elected director of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra.[4] Since then he has broadened the repertoire of the orchestra and has brought a new calibre of soloist and guest conductor to work with it.[5]


Todorov has made several hundred recordings for the Music Minus One (MMO) label. He has also recorded for the DanaCord, Hungaroton, and Naxos labels.[1][6]


  • Dobrin Petkov Music High-School
  • Vienna Music Seminar
  • Vienna Music University
  • Jerusalem Rubin Academy
  • New Bulgarian University


  • Prof. Lilia Kovacheva-Toporcheva
  • Prof. Krastju Marev
  • Prof. Alexander Vladigerov
  • Prof. Karl Österreicher
  • Prof. Uros Lajovic
  • Prof. Günter Theuring
  • Prof. Peter Richter
  • Prof. Mendi Rodan


  • 1993 – 1995 Borghese Foundation
  • 1995 – 1997 St. St. Cyrill and Metody Foundation
  • 1995 – 1997 Rotary International, Vienna
  • 1996 – 1998 George Wachter Foundation, Switzerland


  1. ^ a b "Allmusic Biography". Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  2. ^ "Operabase conductor Nayden Todorov". Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Sophia Philharmonic conductor". Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Bucharest International conducting competition". Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  5. ^ "Sofia Philharmonic: 'A historic orchestra, in its prime'". Gramophone. 20 December 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  6. ^ "Nayden Todorov on Discogs". Retrieved 21 May 2022.

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