Simeonis Choir

In 2006, on his own initiative, Maestro Slavil Dimitrov created the chamber choir “Shumen”. Later renamed “Simeonis”, the choir quickly gained popularity as one of the leading ensembles in Shumen. With hard work, a rich, genre-diverse repertoire was achieved, realized not only in numerous solo projects, but also in a number of concerts with orchestras such as the Symphony Orchestra – Sliven, the State Philharmonic Orchestra – Shumen and the City Wind Orchestra “Mikhail Bikov” – Shumen, and with famous performers, including Kamelia Todorova, Maria Ilieva and Orlin Goranov.

The repertoire includes works from the Renaissance to the present day, works based on folklore, as well as works of world pop, rock and jazz music. Among the most successfully realized projects of Simeonis Choir are Premiere of Stabat Mater by Pergolesi for mixed choir and chamber orchestra in 2011; Participation in a concert tour in France, Spain and Italy with the operas Aida and Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi; Participation in Internationales Adventsingen Wiener Rathaus Festival – Austria, 2015; Representation of Bulgaria in the 40th edition of the International May Choir Competition Prof. Georgi Dimitrov.

The choir enjoys international recognition and has won numerous awards at prestigious international festivals and projects held in Macedonia, Turkey, Greece, Albania, Spain, Italy, France, Austria and elsewhere.

Slavil DimitrovSlavil Dimitrov graduated from the National Academy of Music “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov with a degree in Choral Conducting under prof. Krum Maksimov, and in 1998 also a specialty “Opera and Symphonic Conducting” under prof. dr Ivan Bakalov, prof. Ivan Vulpe.

Shortly before his graduation, at the invitation of Stanislav Ushev, he began working as a conductor at the State Philharmonic Orchestra in Shumen, where he was conductor for 10 years. In 2006 he founded the Simeonis Choir in Shumen, of which he is still the Chief Artistic Director.

In 2007 he won a competition for conductor of the choir at the National Opera and Ballet, Sofia, succeeding the iconic choir director Hristo Kazandjiev. Chief Conductor “Opera Activities” at the Ruse State Orchestra (2009 – 2011). Choral Director of the State Opera and Ballet – Izmir, Turkey (2012 – 2014), and since 2013 conductor of the orchestra. At the same time, he started teaching at Yashar University in Izmir, where he established a specialty in Choral Conducting, the first and only one of its kind in the Republic of Turkey.

He has won national and international awards as a pianist, conductor and composer. He is a guest conductor of symphony orchestras and opera houses in Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Turkey and Japan. Since June 2015 Slavil Dimitrov has been Chief Conductor of the National Philharmonic Choir “Svetoslav Obretenov”, and since October 2018 – Chairman of the Bulgarian Choral Union.