Mandolin Quintet “Sofia” will visit the Bulgarian pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai until November 6, 2021.

In this line-up, the musicians are invited by the guitarist of the rock band B.T.R. Slavcho Nikolov. Slavcho Nikolov is one of the most popular faces on the Bulgarian rock scene. He writes film and theater music. The creation of the Sofia Quintet is the result of his interest and love for classical music and classical string instruments.

The quintet includes soloists from “Sofia Mandolinists” and from the Blagoevgrad Mandolin Orchestra “Pirin Sounds”. In its performances, the quintet combines the Bulgarian mandolin and guitar traditions, passed down by maestro Asen Dimitrov and maestro Dimitar Doichinov, as well as the latest achievements of European plectro music.

Mandolin Quintet
Mandolin Quintet "Sofia": Joana Dimitrova, Maria Stoyanova, Ginka Ilieva, Nikolay Petrov and Slavcho Nikolov.

‘’A Tale of the Balkans’’, ‘’Rumba’’, ‘’Tears and Smiles’’ and others, are some of the titles of the new original work written by Slavcho Nikolov for the ‘’Sofia’’ mandolin quintet. The audience can enjoy the new music at their concert in Dubai.

Part of the repertoire of the quintet are plays by JS Bach, Jacques Offenbach, Mario Machoki, Carl Jenkins, Bulgarian classics such as Dobri Hristov, Parashkev Hadjiev, Diko Iliev, Petko Stoyanov.