Bach Pillow Concert


Sunday, April 5th, 2015
11:00 and 17:00
Union of the architects in Bulgaria
Sofia,11 Krakra Str.,



It is a well-known fact that Johann Sebastian Bach had the astonishing number of 20 children. A few of them also became famous composers but none achieved their father’s success. Johann Sebastian is considered to have written about 11,000 pieces but only a bit more than 1000 were preserved until today. They are a fine example of true compositional mastery and inspiring genius. The composer himself was an exquisite performer on the harpsichord, organ and violin. He wrote works for almost every instrument and there is practically no musician who went through his or her musical education without being acquainted with Bach’s oeuvres.

In the Bach Pillow Concert the music of the great composer will be heard performed on violin and guitar. The violinist Todor Nikolaev is arriving for this concert from London where he is a successful teacher and performer. He will be joined by guitarist Nadezhda Miteva in presenting a magical musical story about a little blackbird they have created together.



Family Ticket – 30 leva

At the concert:
Parent – 20 leva
Child – 5 leva
Max price for a family – 35 leva


Todor Nikolaev, violin
Nadezhda Miteva, guitar

Todor Nikolaev was born in Sofia. He graduated with distinction from the National School of Music “L. Pipkov” in Sofia and continued his education in the renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK, where he earned Bachelor’s and Master of Music degrees in the violin classes of Prof. Yfrah Neaman and Prof. John Glickman. Todor is a prizewinner from various international violin competitions in the Czech Republic, Romania and Bulgaria. He is a regular soloist of a number of chamber and symphony orchestras in the UK and Bulgaria and participates in various international music festivals for classical music and jazz. Along with his performing career, Todor is a violin teacher at the University of Southampton, University of Reading, Blackheath Conservatoire in London and St. Swithun’s School, Winchester. Part of Todor’s plans include a series of concerts dedicated to the music of Pink Floyd with a mixture of classical and electric instruments plus exciting multimedia.



Nadezhda Miteva was born in 1981 in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2000, she graduated from the National School of Music “Liubomir Pipkov” studying classical guitar in the class of Stolina Dobreva. Later on, her development she was supervised by prof. Dimitar Doichinov and by prof. Panaiot Panaiotov. In 2011, she graduated from the Sofia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Pedagogy. Nadezhda took part in numerous master classes and international festivals for classical guitar in Bulgaria. She won prizes in guitar competitions in Kyustendil and Sofia, both as a soloist and as a member of different ensembles.


Musical programme

Frederic Chopin

Johann Sebastian Bach

Inventions Nos. 1, 4, 8, 13
Musset in D Major
Menuet in G Major
Chaconne from Partita No. 2
Air on a G string
Ave Maria (arr. C. Gounod)
Bourree from Suite in e minor for lute
Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1
Largo from Violin Sonata No. 3
Andante from Violin Sonata No. 2

Robert Schumann

Traumerei from “Scenes from Childhood”

Johannes Brahms

Hungarian Dance No. 5

Program, April 5th, 2015

10:00 Pillow workshop – Free admission
11:00 Pillow concert – Tickets here

16:00 Pillow workshop – Free admission
17:00 Pillow concert – Tickets here


On Sunday, April 5th, one hour before each concert, there will be a Pillow Workshop where our little guests will be involved in arts and crafts together with the Creative team Onche Bonche. The admission for the Pillow workshop is free.

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