Yordan Kamdzhalov

Cheif conductor of the CNT Ivan pl. Zajc Orchetra. In 2011, at the age 30, Yordan Kamdzhalov was unanimously appointed General Music Director in Heidelberg and named Chief Conductor of the Opera, the Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Schloss Festival. He worked with over 50 international orchestras and opera companies such as in London, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, Zurich, Helsinki, Lisbon, Singapore, Tokyo, Baltimore, Boston, and Los Angeles. Following his triumphant debut with the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra he has been a regular guest conductor in Japan. Yordan Kamdzhalov founded the Genesis Orchestra consisting of musicians and soloists from leading European orchestras in 2016, and in November of that year he made his celebrated debut at the Munich Philharmonic Gasteig conducting his newly formed orchestra.

He has won first prize at the international conducting competition Jorma Panula (2009), and the year after he came in third at the conducting competition Gustav Mahler in Bamberg. Eutschlandradio (2010) proclaimed him The best opera conductor, while the Bulgarian national radio named him Musician of the year (2011). In October 2017 Maestro Kamdzhalov was awarded the most prestigious German music prize Echo Klassik for Concerto Recording of the Year (category: 20th/21st Century) together with the piano duo Genova & Dimitrov.

Commanding a highly versatile repertoire spanning all periods of European instrumental and vocal music into the 21st century, Kamdzhalov views the arts, science and philosophy as a synthetically connected unity. Taking a particular interest in physics and astronomy, he is engaged in a scientific study on the globalization of musical structure. In 2014, NASA and the International Astronomical Union named a planetary body (planet No. 52292) Kamdzhalov after the charismatic conductor.