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Yordan Kamdzhalov

Conductors

Biography

Hailed by the press as "a philosopher among conductors", Yordan Kamdzhalov was born in

Bulgaria in 1980. Following his musical studies in Sofia and Berlin, he continued to refine his

conducting skills at international academies and masterclasses with Lorin Maazel, Bernard

Haitink, Pierre Boulez, Simon Rattle, David Zinman, Daniel Barenboim, Vladimir Jurowski and

ESA Pekka Salonen. He became Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the international

Berlin Ensemble Innorelatio in 2006 and served as musical director at the Schlosstheater

Rheinsberg from 2007 to 2009. In 2009 he was awarded first prize at the International Jorma

Panula Conducting Competition and one year later became a prizewinner of the Gustav Mahler

Conducting Competition in Bamberg. He was named "Best Opera Conductor of the Year" by

Deutschlandradio in 2010, "Musician of the Year" in 2011and “Musical project of the Year” in

2019 by The Bulgarian National Radio.

In 2011, at 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 has since worked with over 50 international orchestras and opera companies

such as in London, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, Zurich, Helsinki, Lisbon, Singapore, Tokyo,

Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, and Qatar.

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.

In March of 2018, he conducted the Genesis Orchestra for a sold-out concert in Sofia, Bulgaria,

featuring the Grammy Award-winning Australian singer/composer Lisa Gerrard in Górecki’s

popular Symphony No. 3 which was subsequently recorded for international CD release by

EDEL label.

On October 20, 2018, he conducted for the first time an exclusive Bulgarian program at the Golden

Hall of Musikverein, Vienna.

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) – a production

for CPO labels.

In October 2019 Maestro Kamdzhalov was nominated for the prestigious German Opus Klassik

Award 2019 in the category "Concert Recording of the Year – a production for CPO label.

In 2014, NASA and the International Astronomical Union named a planetary body (planet No.

52292) "Kamdzhalov" after the charismatic conductor.

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