Maestro Dian Tchobanov is General Music Director of State Opera – Plovdiv since season 2013 /2014. He earned his master´s degree at the State Musical Academy (Sofia) in 1997 and at the University of Performing Arts and Music Vienna, Austria (Uroš Lajović – orchestra conducting and Konrad Leitner – accompanying). His conducting style has been influenced by Sir Colin Davies, Dresden, Germany, Maestro Fabio Luisi and Maestro Michael Halas, conductor at Vienna State Opera. Mr. Tchobanov has been awarded with Second and the Special award of "Lovro von Matačić", International Conductors Competition Zagreb in 2003. 2015 he has been invited to jury this Competition.
Dian Tchobanov is a Chief Conductor of the Croatia Chamber Orchestra; he has conducted the Orchestra of the Croatia State Opera, RSO-Vienna, Orchestra of “Arena di Verona”, RSO-Praha, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Dohnanyi Orchestra Budapest, Concert Orchestra Budapest, Schönbrunn Chamber Orchestra, RSO-Sofia, Symphony Orchestra Kurichiba, Brazil, Ensemble “Cantus”, etc. Mr.Tchobanov has been a conductor of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra for 6 seasons and a Chief Conductor of State Opera – Stara Zagora. He has worked with State Opera – Russe and Varna.
The GMD of Opera Plovdiv has conducted at several famous music festivals:
“Oper Oder-Spree” Neuzelle, Germany
“Wiener Klangbogen” Vienna, Austria
“Austrian music weeks in Bulgaria”
“March Music Days” Russe, Bulgaria
“Songs of life” Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel
“Rijeka summer nights” Groatia
“Music Biennale” Zagreb, Croatia
“Weinklang” - Burgenland, Austria
“Opera and ballet arts” Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
“Opera Open”, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
“IV International festival of Chamber music” Yekaterinburg, Russia, 2016
“Palermo Classica” 7th international music festival 2017
"Opatija Tribune" - Croatia 2017
Since 2012 Mr. Tchobanov has been a permanent guest-professor at East China Normal University Shanghai, China. Dian Tchobanov works on the stages of big European cities such as Vienna, Budapest, Verona, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Meiningen, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Prague, Zagreb, Porto, Palermo, Skopije; also in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, in the USA, Brazil and China.
Dian Tchobanov becomes Prize “Plovdiv” 2014 – the most prestigious prize in the field if Music in his home city.
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