Monthly Archives: September 2016

Pillow Concerts, Season 2016/2017


Helikon Bookstore
4, Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd.


Six magical concerts with varied musical programmes and participation of some exceptional Bulgarian musicians are to happen during the 2016/2017 season of the Pillow Concerts. There will be plenty of international guests, too, among which the renowned British chamber group, the 12 Ensemble. The upcoming season’s musical journeys will take place at the cozy and comfortable setting of the Helikon bookstore on 4, Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd. in Sofia.

Important changes were made at the start of the Pillow Concerts’ seventh season in Sofia. From October, 2016 tickets will no longer be available for separate concerts and all events will be part of our Membership Program.
The Membership Programme becomes the only option to attend the Pillow Concerts with your family. As before, it comes with a number of intriguing gifts and advantages such as additional concerts outside of the regular programme and special surprises by our partners and friends.


The Programme:

October 30, 2016 / Melodic Pillow Concert
Stefan Hadjiev, cello
Veneta Neynska, piano

December 4, 2016 / Keyboard Pillow Concert
Oscar Duo:
Martyna Jatkauskaite, piano (Lithuania)
Thomas Besnard, piano (France)

January 8, 2017 / Lyrical Pillow Concert
Consone Quartet (United Kingdom)

Possible date for an additional concert: February 12, 2017

March 12, 2017 / String Pillow Concert
The 12 Ensemble (United Kingdom)

April 23, 2017 / Spring Pillow Concert
Sapaev Quartet

May 14, 2017 / Pillow Concert with No Name – please, send us your proposals!
Brass Quintet

*Modo Bulgaria reserves the right for changes in the dates, place and programme of the concerts.*

Membership Programme

All membership packages include a card for six concerts, the upcoming season’s programme in advance and a 15% discount for Modo’s store.

Our kind hosts from the Helikon bookstore are participating in the club programme with a luxury gift to you – their newest book with illustrations by Yassen Gyuzelev – Don Quixote’s Adventures.

The Membership Programme fully replaces the tickets for separate events and has two varieties – a Family package for two parents and their children and a Mini package for one adult and a child.


Brass Pillow Concert in Gabrovo


September 11th, 2016 (Sunday)
The Teatre’s Garden, Gabrovo
Free Entrance


The Pillow Concerts are travelling to Gabrovo for the first time. We are extremely excited to visit one of the most inspiring cities in Bulgaria. The event is organised after the kind invitation of Thun and Gabrovo Municipalities on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the two cities’ fraternization. The Pillow Concert will be part of the prestigious festival Days of the Chamber Music – Gabrovo introducing the classical music’s youngest admirers into its audience. As in every debut of the Pillow Concerts outside of Sofia until now, this time the musicians will again be the famous brass quintet, adored by our audience in every part of the country.

The programme will include popular opera excerpts, fiery Spanish rhythms and inspiring jazz compositions. All of our guests are invited to join us with maracas, castanets, small drums, tambourines and other percussion instruments available at home. If you can’t find any, do come along early to make one yourself during the Pillow Workshop one hour before the concert. The Brass Pillow Concert in Gabrovo is carried out with the generous support of Thun Minicipality, abrovo Municipality, Days of the Chamber Music – Gabrovo Festival and FunBook.


The Performers:

Yan Dunev, trumpet
Konstrantinos Gkyavouris, trumpet
Mihail Mihailov, French horn
Yavor Kostov, trombone
Georgi Iliev, tuba

​Musical Programme

D. Burndrett – Flamenco Fantastico
Fiesta de Candelaria
Sonny Kompanek – Killer Tango
Manuel Penella – El Gato Montes
Zequinha de Abreu – Tico, tico
Lew Pollack – That’s a Plenty
Just a closer walk
Johannes Brahms – Hungarian Dance No. 5
Camille Saint-Saens – “The Elephant” from “Carnival of the Animals”
John Kander – New York, New York
Enrique Granados – Despertar del Cazador
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Tin Roof Blues
Henry Fillmore – Miss Trombone
A. Buykanov – Traffic on the street