During the third month from the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai, a number of talented artists, representatives of different styles of music, performed at the Bulgarian pavilion.

At the beginning of the month, the young musicians from Plovdiv – the Vichevi brothers, got a chance to show their talent to the international audience of Expo 2020 Dubai.

Even though Alexander and Viktor Vichevi are still students at NUMTI “Dobrin Petkov” – Plovdiv, they have won many awards not only in Bulgaria but worldwide. Their piano and percussion performance at Expo 2020 Dubai fascinated the audience. After their concert on the Jubilee stage, the brothers were invited to be the guests on an Abu Dhabi TV show.

Vichevi brothers in the studio of Abu Dhabi TV
Vichevi brothers in the studio of Abu Dhabi TV

Following the great interest triggered by the performance of the young bagpiper Georgi Dobrev in November, the Bulgarian pavilion delighted its guests with another talented bagpiper- Martin Lyamov. In mid- December, the 30-year-old Martin Lyamov from the folk ensemble “Philip Kutev” performed for the audience of Expo 2020 Dubai. The ensemble, founded in 1951, is one of the first professional ensembles for Bulgarian folk music.

Martin Lyamov
Martin Lyamov

At the end of the year, Tsonka Dimitrova, Gaitanka Minkovska and Rumyana Filkova, performed folk songs a cappella. They are talented performers from the folklore ensemble “Trakia”, founded in 1974. The ensemble preserves the deep roots of the Bulgarian folklore, rituals and legends.

Tsonka Dimitrova, Gaitanka Minkovska and Rumyana Filkova
Tsonka Dimitrova, Gaitanka Minkovska and Rumyana Filkova

Tsonka Dimitrova is from the town of Panagyurishte. In 1994 she graduated from the Music High School in the village of Shiroka Laka with a degree in Folk Singing, and then – the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv. Since 2001 she has been part of the Folklore Ensemble “Trakia”, of which she later became a conductor.

For 5 years she has been a performer of one of the largest folk choirs in Bulgaria: “Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices”.

Gaitanka Minkovska is a folk singer from the Plovdiv region. In 1991 she was admitted to the National School of Folk Arts in the village of Shiroka Laka, majoring in Folk Singing. After graduating she joined the Folklore Ensemble “Trakia”.

Rumyana Filkova is from Blagoevgrad and is a singer of songs from the Pirin folklore region. She graduated from the National School of Folk Arts in the village of Shiroka Laka and has a bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Art – Folk Singing.

Since 2000 she has been a performer in the Folklore Ensemble “Trakia” and teaches folk singing.

An interesting second half of the Bulgarian participation at Expo 2020 Dubai full of various instrumentalists, singers, actors, is coming!

Follow the cultural calendar of the Bulgarian pavilion!