Venetian Pillow Concert


Sunday, January 31th, 2016
11:00 and 17:00
Union of the architects in Bulgaria
Sofia,11 Krakra Str.



The Venice Carnival – one of the most magnificent and impressive celebrations in the world is at its peak and we will celebrate its traditions with a real Venetian concert. Balls, dances, masks and gondoliers – all of them will take part in our programme of the first concert in the new year. The brilliant violinist Ivaylo Danailov will appear as the fiery Italian virtuoso Nicolo Paganini. His musical partners on the stage will be violoncellist Petar Kushlev and pianist Nona Krincheva.

For a truthful carnival day, we invite our little and grown-up admirers to create the most beautiful masks and to go through the most enjoyable dancing steps. The costume competition will this time focus on choosing the Princess and Prince of the Ball. In case you can’t manage with the preparations beforehand, please come an hour early and take part in the Pillow Workshop where elements of the carnival outfit will be created and decorated.


Parent – 20 leva
Child – 5 leva
Max price for a family – 35 leva



Ivailo Danailov, violin
Petar Kushlev, cello
Nona Krincheva, piano

Host: Irina Parvanova


Violinist Ivailo Danailov has graduated from the Lyubomir Pipkov National Music School with a piano major but continued his studies at the Pancho Vladiguerov National Music Academy taking viola lessons, too. He was then awarded a Master’s Degree from the New Bulgarian University as a violinist in the studio of Prof. Mario Hossen.
Ivailo is performing with the Artes trio and Street quartet ensembles. He has numerous awards from competitions and has participated in masterclasses of prominent Bulgarian and non-Bulgarian musicians extensively. The violinist has been a soloist of the New Symphony Orchestra, Vratsa Philharmony, Orpheus ensemble, Orpheus chamber orchestra, Concerto antico, Ars baroca. He is mainly performing as a chamber musician and since 2012 is the first violinist at the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Peter Kushlev graduated from “Lyubomir Pipkov” National Music School in 2002, where he studied in Daniela Cherpokova’s violin class. He got his bachelor degree from “Pancho Vladigerov” National Music Academy under prof. Anatoly Krustev tutoring. He has masters degree from New Bulgarian University, graduating from Hristo Tanev’s class.
Since 2014 he has been part of Classic FM radio orchestra and New Symphony Orchestra. He used to play in Sofia Philharmony, the Bulgaria National radio orchestra and other orchestras as well.



Nona Krincheva started studying piano at the age of six in the Lyubomir Pipkov National Music School. She continued her studies at the Pancho Vladiguerov National Music Academy in the piano class of prof. Atanas Kourtev. She continued to play as an active soloist but also as a chamber musician and accompanist. In 2006 she received a scholarship to participate in the International Summer Academy “Prague-Vienna-Budapest”, where she participated in a piano quintet. In 2008 she became a soloist in the orchestra of the National Music Academy, in the performance of the Concert for piano by Robert Schumann. The same year she became a scholarship holder in the Summer Academy called “The International Holland Music Sessions” in Bergen – Netherlands.
In 2011 she was invited by prof. Mario Hosen to participate in the “International Music Academy Orpheus” – Vienna, where she studied piano chamber music in the class of prof. Milena Mollova, while participating in concerts as a chamber musician and accompanist. That same year she started working at the New Bulgarian University as a part-time accompanist at the Department “Music” in the class of prof. Mario Jose, where she is till now.


Musical programme

Giuseppe Verdi – Duo Concertante from the opera “Un Ballo di Maschera”
Johann Strauss II – “Csárdás: “Sounds from home” from the operetta “Die Fledermaus”
Antonín Dvořák – Carnival Overture
Johann Strauss II – “Lagoon Waltz” from the operetta “A Night in Venice”
Camille Saint- Saëns – “Carnival of the Animals”:
- “The Swan”
- “The Elephant”
Niccolò Paganini – The Carnival of Venice
Felix Mendelssohn – Venetian Boat Songs

Program, January 31, 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 31th, one hour before each concert, there will be a Pillow Workshop where our little guests will be involved in arts and crafts. The admission for the Pillow workshop is free.