For our final concert of the 2017-18 season, our Artistic Director Sergei Pavlov and the Festival Choir will share the stage with guest conductor Nikoleta Popova who will lead us in a program of Slavic and Bulgarian music.
Dr. Popova is a renowned specialist in Eastern European and Bulgarian music and has offered seminars and masterclasses all over the world. Currently, she is Professor in Conducting at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias in Spain, where she is also music director of the conservatory orchestra and choirs. She has appeared as guest conductor in Austria, Italy, Spain, Poland, US, as well as her native Bulgaria.
Born in Dobrich, Bulgaria, Nikoleta Popova received her education as a conductor from the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria and from Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, where she studied with the legendary Austrian conductor Johannes Prinz. Among her teachers are also Eric Whitacre, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Alex Schillings, Klaas Stok, Marco Antonio Da Silva Ramos, and others.