I V A N A N G U É L O V , Conductor
Guest performances have been taking the - to quote the press : "European-wide recognised specialist for the Italian repertory" - to such renowned opera houses as the Bavarian State Opera Munich, the German Opera Berlin, the Semper Opera Dresden, the Hamburg State Opera, the Leipzig Opera House with the Gewandhausorchester, the Stuttgart State Opera, the Cologne Opera, the Opera House Bonn, as well as to Tokyo, Santiago de Chile, Mexico, Paris, Marseille, Toulouse, Toulon, Catania, Verona and Helsinki. He performs in Spain, Turkey the Netherlands, … Everywhere his “keen sense of music with Italianità”, his “truly ‘Italian’ Verdi-understanding” and his “sense of dynamic, accompaniment and independent sound language” are highly valued
Anguélov appeared at numerous International Festivals e.g. the Arena of Aspendos, the Antibes Festival, the Verdi Festival in Prague, the Bartok Festival in Hungary, the International Festival in Chiemgau or the Wagner Festival at Neuschwanstein Castle. Besides, he is much sought-after conductor for gala-concerts – with audio and TV broadcasting – with well-known soloists on major concert stages in the whole world.
Born in Kavala/Greece, Ivan Anguélov started his musical studies at the National Music Academy in his hometown of Sofia/Bulgaria, and completed them in Moscow and Germany (with Igor Markewitch, Kyrill Kondraschin, Carlos Kleiber and Wolfgang Sawallisch). Among the many prizes and awards he won at national and international competitions, the SPECIAL PRIZE coupled with the PRINCE RAINIER III SCHOLARSHIP, in MONTE CARLO, deserves particular mention.
His various positions as Chief Conductor took Ivan Anguélov from the National Opera of Plovdiv, to Bienne and Lausanne in Switzerland, on to Bonn, and finally as GMD to the National Opera Bratislava, where he won the 1995 Furtwängler-Prize for particularly outstanding artistic achievements. He worked with directors such as Robert Carsen, Johannes Schaaf, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Richard Jones and Uwe Laufenberg, and many others.
Ivan Anguélov plays Symphony Concerts with the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestras of Moscow, Munich, Stockholm,… the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo, with which he also recorded numerous CDs, the Orchestra della RTS Italiana ( at the Lucerne Festival), the Radio Orchestras of Munich, Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Sofia,… as well as with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, the Robert Schumann Philharmonic Orchestra, or the Rheinische Philharmonie, to name but a few.
Ivan Anguélov has a vast discography. Apart from a series of recordings with symphonic music, under his musical direction the only complete recording of Hans Werner Henze’s “Boulevard Solitude” and a complete version of Verdi´s “Il Trovatore” were released, a CD with ‘Famous Opera Choruses’ and numerous singer recitals a.o. with John Treleaven, Torsten Kerl, Susan Anthony, Lado Ataneli, Hui He,… were released.
With Robert Dean Smith and Linda Watson he recorded in 2005 the CD ‘Scenes from Tristan und Isolde’. In 2002 his recording with Robert Dean Smith (Wagners Portrait) was rewarded in France with the ‘Orphée d’Or’ - Richard Wagner Prize for the best Wagner recording of the year. Since 2005 his total recording of all symphonies from Antonin Dvorak is on the market.
2007 the conductor Ivan Anguélov was awarded in Sofia with the Honor Prize THE GOLDEN FEATHER for his contribution to Bulgarian culture.