Bulgarian conductor Rossen Gergov is gaining widespread recognition for his work both on the concert platform and in the opera pit, in repertoire from Mozart to the most challenging of contemporary works. Recent performances at Opera North (Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Portrait) and the Bregenzer Festspiele (the opening concert of the 2010 festival with the Wiener Symphoniker) have consolidated his place as one of the brightest of today's emerging conducting talents.
Already with substantial experience in the operatic field, his engagements include Tosca on the Seebuhne, Benedict Mason's Playing Away and the Austrian premiere of Weinberg's Das Portrait at the Bregenzer Festspiele; Die Fledermaus at the Volksoper Wien; La Traviata and Le Nozze di Figaro at Theater Meiningen; Carmen in Varna, Bulgaria; the world premiere of Akos Banlaky's Prinz, Held und Fuchsin in Vienna; and the Czech premiere of Michael Jarrell's Cassandra at the Brno National Theatre.
Orchestras he has worked with include the BBC Symphony and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras; the Basel, Kyoto, Sapporo, Norrlandsoperan, Tyrolean and Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestras; the Graz, Zagreb and Jena Philharmonic Orchestras; and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Century Orchestra Osaka and Bamberger Symphoniker. Upcoming engagements include a return to Japan for debuts with the Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagoya Symphony orchestras as well as a return visit to the Tonkunstlerorchester.
Born in 1981, he studied piano and clarinet before taking conducting lessons with Michail Angelov. He was accepted to Leopold Hager's class at the Universitat fur Musik in Vienna at the age of 18 and soon came to the attention of Seiji Ozawa who invited him to the Tanglewood Music Festival. He subsequently acted as his assistant in Vienna. He conducted the ORF-Sinfonieorchester upon graduation and went on to become Assistant Conductor of the Tonkunstlerorchester, a post he held until 2009.
Rossen Gergov is a Laureate of the first Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition (held by the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra) in May 2007. His recording of works by David Chesky with the Symphony Orchestra of the Norrlandsoperan was nominated for a Grammy in 2008 and he has also recorded for the BBC, the Bayerische Rundfunk and the ORF in Austria.