Petar Andonov

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"...a talent of outstanding knowledge about music and conducting..."
Jorma Panula

Petar Andonov is a Bulgarian conductor and pianist who has performed extensively in both capacities across the United Kingdom, the Scandinavian region as well as continental Europe.

Currently Petar is the artistic director and principal conductor of the Oslo Festival Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Bulgarian National Youth Philharmonic “Pioneer” and has previously served as the assistant conductor for the Balkan Youth Symphony Orchestra. Recently he has worked with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Pazardjik State Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Sinfonieta as well as with members of the Turku and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestras. Forthcoming projects include working with symphony orchestras in Budapest and Sofia, invitations for debuts in Tokyo, Moscow and elsewhere in Europe as well as launching a new musical concept during the 2016/­2017 season which has its focus largely on bringing people ever so closely to classical music ranging from renaissance to contemporaneity.

As a young student, Petar has been awarded numerous prizes, awards and scholarships including Bulgarian Ministry of Culture award for achievements in the arts in 2005 and 2007, top prizes at international competitions dedicated to the music of Chopin, Liszt and Bartok and the Viennese classicists. Most recently he has received the Leverhulme Trust educational scholarship in London and Wilhelmsen grant for arts and sciences for three consecutive years.

Petar is extremely indebted to his studies in conducting with Jorma Panula in Helsinki and piano with Peter Bithell at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London as well as previously at the National School of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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