Debussy Pillow Concert


Sunday, January 11th, 2014
11:00 and 17:00
Union of the architects in Bulgaria
Sofia,11 Krakra Str.,



The first month of the new year is devoted to the French music and culture. Among the many famous and talented French composers particularly interesting is the personality of Claude Debussy – perhaps the most prominent representative of the Impressionism in music, although the composer himself didn’t approve the term. However, Debussy adored children, his daughter Emma in particular, whom he wrote a number of fairytale compositions. “The Toy Box” will sound under the fingers of pianist Veneta Neynska. This is a ballet for piano where the story of several dolls living in a small toy shop in Paris is told.

Besides the pianist, the multimedia performance will also include the charming storyteller Nikola Petrov, who will be accompanied by his brother Kiril Petrov in demonstrating their abilities on various percussion instruments. In addition to this enchanting story, the Little suite for four hands will be heard. Its fourth movement is also a ballet-like. Debussy himself participated in its premiere and on our concert the keyboard will be shared by our special guests – the Yordanova-Kyurkchiev piano duo. Their meteoric career places them among the most respected Bulgarian chamber ensembles in Germany.



Family Ticket – 30 leva

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


Yordanova-Kyurkchiev piano duo
Antoniya Yordanova, piano
Ivan Kyurkchiev, piano

Veneta Neynska, piano
Nikola Petrov, story-teller and percussion instruments
Kiril Petrov, percussion instruments


The piano duo Antoniya Yordanova – Ivan Kyurkchiev arrive from Munchen when they enjoy a thriving career after graduating from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in the same city. They have specialized in the Royal Academy in Brussels and has graduated from the National Music Academy in Sofia. Antoniya and Ivan formed their duo in 2007 and since then have been awared prizes in a great number of international music competitions.

Veneta Neynska did her undergraduate studies with the world renowned pianist John Perry at the University of Southern California. She earned her Master’s degree with Joan Havill in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Among her international piano awards are: First Prize at the 7th Piano competition in Larnaca, Cyprus; Second Prize at the Christopher Duke competition in Watford, UK; First Prize at Beethoven Hradec, the Czech Republic; Third Prize at the Alexander Tansman competition in Lodz, Poland. Currently, Veneta serves as an Artistic Director and primary creator of all of Modo Bulgaria’s projects.



Nikola Petrov graduated from the National Music Academy “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” with a Master’s Degree in percussion instruments, choir and orchestral conducting. He was awarded more than twenty prizes for percussionists from national and international competitions and has performed as both a soloist and an orchestral player with every important orchestra in Bulgaria. Nikola has participated in tours throughout Europe and North America and is the founder of Petrov Art School in Sofia.

Kiril Petrov was a percussionist in a number of Bulgarian and other European orchestras. He has graduated from the National Music Academy “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” with a Master’s Degree in percussion instruments. Kiril has participated in a number of prestigious festivals and seminars throughout Europe and even in the United Arab Emirates.


Musical programme

Claude Debussy

Le Petite Suite

I. En bateau: Andantino
II. Cortège: Moderato
III. Menuet: Moderato
IV. Ballet: Allegro giusto

“The Toy Box” – ballet for piano in three scenes

I. Prelude: The Sleeping Box
II. 1st scene: The Toy Store
III. 2nd scene: The Battlefield
IV. 3rd scene: Sheepfold for sale

Program, January 11, 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, January 11th, 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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