“This was a concert taken over last minute by the Bulgarian conductor Rossen Gergov, who replaced the indisposed Robin Ticciati with complete assurance and individuality. His readings of the  Dvořák dances were subtle and dynamic, fuelled by an innate understanding of the music’s folk-infused rhythms and its fizzing, fragrant colours.” (Ken Walton, The Scotsman, March 2014)

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“The conductor drew a performance brimming with vitality… [The] orchestra made a huge contribution to the vivacity and atmosphere of the performance under the baton of Rossen Gergov who displayed an instinctive feeling for Offenbach’s score.” (Margaret Davies, Opera, September 2013)

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“Rossen Gergov adopted a sensible tempo, offering articulated phrasing in his fresh and vibrant version of Schubert’s Tragic Symphony” (La Nueva España, April 2012)

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“The opera was incisively though sensitively conducted by Rossen Gergov” (Classical Source, February 2011)

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“Rossen Gergov conducts meticulously” (The Telegraph, February 2011)

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“The Bulgarian conductor gave a youthful and energetic first impression, but his performance demonstrated experience beyond that suggested by his juvenile appearance. It was apparent in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 that he possesses the rare ability to make the orchestra sing, a fingerprint of his already extensive career in the field of opera.” (Ongaku no Tomo, July 2010)

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“A successful debut from a young conductor virtuoso”

“The scores are in his head. Therefore Rossen Gergov
does not have to entrench himself behind a stand;
he can instead fully devote himself to his musicians
without any separating element … particularly during
the Stravinsky, Gergov managed to imbue his
music-making with a touch of vividness, incisively
conveying figures and situations …”

Kleine Zeitung, オーストリア

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“recreation – orchestra, Rossen Gergov and
Markus Schirmer know how Mozart must sound”

“Intelligently put together, delicately interpreted
and persuasively argued, this “Academy” in the
Stephanien Hall was a pedagogical as well as concert
event. Without any didactic heavy-handedness,
Rossen Gergov demonstrated how Mozart generated his
masterworks from the example of Johann Christian Bach,
the enlightenment of Christoph Willibald Gluck and
the compositional wit of Joseph Haydn … With passages
of majesty to those in the dance hall, then came the
wonderfully balanced musical language of the E-flat major
symphony KV 543 (1788), in which Gergov’s unfettered
and impetuous conducting earned him tumultuous acclaim.”

Kleine Zeitung, オーストリア

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“Rossen Gergov, a rising star from Bulgaria,
conducted the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra
in an opulent Russian tableau of
Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky.”

“… Next was Rimsky-Korsakov’s characteristic jewel
“Capriccio Espagnol”, whose architecture was transparently
rendered … Finally, Stravinsky’s puppet dance
“Petrushka” which translates its imagery with ingenious
single-mindedness, and is demanding in all facets:
here the orchestra was convincing because it played
with the utmost conscientiousness and because of the
solos, which were presented with relish.”

Kronenzeitung, オーストリア

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“Elisabeth Leonskaja, the wonderful pianist
from Tiflis … In addition to her, a new conductor
was discovered: the 26 year-old spitfire
Rossen Gergov, who electrified the Tirol Hall
with Beethoven.”

“The young guest conductor (…) proved himself
a flexible and collaborative dialogue partner
in the Brahms [2nd piano concerto] and a fiery interpreter
of Beethoven’s 7th symphony, which one hardly ever
hears quite so “modern” – full of distinctive accents,
well-conceived structures, and exciting tempos.
It was evident that the orchestra, motivated to play
its very best, followed him at every point with great
admiration. What a cause for celebration!
Rossen Gergov should come back soon!”

Kronenzeitung, オーストリア

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“Gergov brilliantly reproduced Beethoven’s verve and style,
found delicate accents in Svetlanov’s “Dawn in the field”,
exactly empathized the drama and the chiming nature
of Rachmaninov’s music images and his “Firebird”
was absorbing.”

The Daily Telegraph, ロシア

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“On the podium stood the 26 year-old Bulgarian
Rossen Gergov, doubtless a highly gifted musician,
who rolled out the red carpet for Elisabeth Leonskaja
during the Brahms [2nd piano concerto]. The Seventh of
Ludwig van Beethoven, passionately written against
Napoleon, belonged to him exclusively. (…)
Gergov let it rip..”

Tiroler Tageszeitung, オーストリア

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” The musicians of the Tonkünstler-Orchestra,
Vienna under the baton of Rossen Gergov,
achieved something truly noteworthy in their
one-hundred-percent successful realization
of this fantastical soccer opera.”
[“Playing Away”, Benedict Mason]

Volksblatt, リヒテンシュタイン

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“… the Tonkünstler-Orchestra, Vienna under
Rossen Gergov combines nuance and precision
in an exemplary way …”

Südkurier, ドイツ

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