Ilia Mihaylov

Chorus master and orchestral conductor Ilia Mihaylov has worked professionally with some of the world’s preeminent artists, including the conductors Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink,Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Mazur, Ivan Fisher, Danielle Gatti, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Jesús López Cobos, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Uroš Lajovic, the tenor José Carreras, and the choreographers Pina Bausch and Maurice Béjart.

From 2011 to 2015 he was the chorus director of the Bulgarian National Choir Svetoslav Obretenov on the staff of the Sofia Philharmonic. His recent seasons highlights include conducting the West Side Story, Fiddler on the roof, The Threepenny opera, Berlin Mass and the choral works of Arvo Pärt, Mozart Requiem, Bach Magnificat,

Vivaldi Dixit Dominus, Gounod Mass for Jeanne d’Arc, Haydn The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, St. Matthew Passion of the Russian Metropolitan Alfeyev, and the choral works of Schutz, Gabrieli, Tallis and Byrd. Chorus master for the world premier recordings of Charles-Simon Catel opera Les Bayaderes and the album Meyerbeer en France, for the labels Edisiones singulares and Brilliant.

He has prepared the National Choir for La Traviata, Rigoletto, Falstaff, Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Orff Carmina Burana, Verdi Requiem, Beethoven Ninth Symphony, Andrew Lloyd Weber Requiem, Poulenc Gloria, Holst The Planets, Durufle Requiem, Rossini Stabat Mater, Schumann Requiem, Félicien David Moses in Sinai, Matzushita Stabat Mater, the choral opuses of Brahms, and the symphonies of Mahler.

Highlights of Mr. Mihaylov’s creative activities include appearances in 12 countries at many of the world’s great festivals. He has recorded for BBC Radio 3, Naïve, and was featured in a documentary for the French music television MEZZO. He has led a master-class for Harvard University, and was invited by Valery Gergiev, to conduct at the Moscow Easter Festival – in Kremlin, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, and St. Peter’s Monastery. He toured Canada, establishing a box office record, as one of his concerts sold 10 000 tickets.

From 2012 to 2014 Mr. Mihaylov was the director of the Summer Choir Academy at Puisaye Festival, France. As guest conductor he worked with La Maîtrise Saint-Louis de Gonzague (France), Ensemble Vocale Loyola (France), and The Radcliffe Choral Society – Harvard University (USA). During the 2000/01 season he served as Principal Conductor of the Choir Society “Liderkrantz – Concordia” in Geneva.

As an orchestral conductor he has appeared with Sofia Philharmonic, Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Bohemiana (Check Republic), I Musicantini (Switzerland); the Varna, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Ruse, Vratza, Pazardjik Symphony Orchestras; Studio Primo Chamber Orchestra, the Consort for Early Music Concerto Antico, and Quarto Ensemble.

Since 1999, Ilia Mihaylov is the Music Director of the Grammy Award and Grand Prix du Disque winning choir The Great Voices of Bulgaria (a.k.a. Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares).

With them he regularly works with the world-famous Bulgarian musician, Theodosii Spassov, with whom he created several projects and toured abroad.

He also collaborated with the composers Michel Colombier and Daniel Schnyder, the Irish harpist Diana Rowan, the trio of the French jazz pianist François Raulin, the organist László Fassang, the pianist Aurelien Pontier, and the bandoneonist Mathias Gonzales. He recorded for the Bulgarian National Radio the film scores of the iconic Bulgarian composer Mitko Shterev.

From 2009 to 2015 Ilia Mihaylov was on the faculty of the American College of Sofia.

In 2005 together with Prof. Vassil Kazandjiev he was one of the founding members of the Bulgarian Musical Society.

Born in Sofia, Ilia Mihaylov was educated at the Juilliard School, New York University, London’s ABRSM, Geneva and Lausanne Conservatory. He studied with Prof. Vassil Kazandjiev, Rossen Milanov and Michel Corboz. He received Funds Kazarovi, Sol Hurok, Otto G. Storm, Noel H. Murphy Memorial Scholarships and the Paderewski Award.

He is fluent in English, French, Italian, Russian and Bulgarian.

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