For ten years, the Pillow Concerts have attracted new fans to the fairytale world of classical music. The first and most beloved family music events take pride in the lack of age restrictions and proudly welcome even the youngest visitors, curious to look into the diversity and beauty that hides behind great art. In the first indoor concert of the new season, we will tell the exciting story of Clara and Robert Schumann, who combine family life (with eight children!), composing, performing and fulfilling participation in society. The reason for choosing the theme is the 200th anniversary of Clara’s birth – the most famous female composer of Romanticism, who left behind some amazing works in various genres. True to their belief that music is best understood when performed in the best possible way, we pride ourselves on the fact that the musicians for the upcoming concert are among the most brilliant young talents of Bulgaria, and not only.
The violinists in the piano quintet will rotate their places behind the first and second music stands, because Sancar Sapaev and Yana Zelenogorska prefer to abandon the hierarchy in their music-making and maintain the partnership principles they apply well enough in life off the stage. Stefania Yankova is the leader of the viola group in the BNR Symphony Orchestra, and in the Fantastic Pillow Concert she will alternate her role as a chamber musician with a solo performer. Atanas Krastev is the true star among cellists of his generation on the Bulgarian stage, and his concert schedule is so busy that it is a real miracle to welcome him among our musical pillows. The ruler of the grand piano – pianist Veneta Neynska – is well known to our audience as the creator, often presenter and active organizer of all Pillow Concerts.
After nine exciting years of inspirational music and countless smiling fans, the Pillow Concerts are on the doorstep of their tenth anniversary 2019/2020 season, which is more than ever filled in with a positive mood and lots of surprises. Frequent guests over the years were audience’s favorite ensembles like the Brass Quintet, the Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Windy Wind Quintet, and a number of the most outstanding Bulgarian musicians living abroad such as violinist Greta Mutlu, violist Elitsa Bogdanova, and percussionist Vassilena Serafimova. Of course, we have sang together with the virtuosos of the vocal art – soprano Dorotea Doroteeva and baritone Alexander Mutafchiiski, as well as the jazz wizard Vesi Morova and her band.
There were also numerous guests from abroad – the Spanish Academia de los Afectos Wind Quartet, the Polish Duo Karolina Mikołajczyk & Iwo Jedynecki, the British 12 Ensemble, German violinist Milena Vilke, Italian harpsichordist Sauro Argalia, and many, many others. As always, our Artistic Director, pianist Veneta Neynska, was the smile presenter of many of the concerts, and together we witnessed many kids’ smiles as our little fans danced, drew pictures, and made a variety of souvenirs in the traditional Pillow Workshop. During the tenth season of Pillow Concerts in Sofia, tickets will be offered for separate concerts, but all events will be united in our membership program, which comes with various discounts, gifts and benefits.
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WHAT ARE THE PILLOW CONCERTS?
→ The first and most popular family concerts with classical music in Bulgaria.
→ Their ten-years-old history has met more than 30 000 little and grown-up admirers with the great musical art.
→ The visitors are parents with children from 0 to 10 years old.
→ Awarded with the Project of the Year prize by the Allegro Vivace radio show and the Bulgarian National Radio, as well as the Golden Feather award by the Classic FM Radio.
→ Un unforgettable experience for little and grown-ups, suitable for every occasion like Christmas, 1st June, company celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries, and others)
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