Founded in 1968, the Sofia Boys Choir at the Tsar Boris III - 1928 Chitalishte (a cultural community centre) is the first boys’ choir in Bulgaria.
Lilyana Todorova was the founder and conductor of the choir up to 1989. Through diligence and love she managed to create a singular choral body, characterized by good musical quality and the young age of the singers.
Dr. Adriana Blagoeva has been the choir’s conductor since 1989. With perseverance and artistic daring she has worked to permanently integrate the ensemble in the concert life of both capital and country.
The concerting and recording activities of the choir have intensified significantly alongside improved artistic quality. Christmas and Easter concerts have become a tradition. The choir is a desired participant in major national music forums such as the Sofia Music Weeks International Festival, the 'Dobri Voynikov' International Student Choral Gala Days in Shumen and others.
The Sofia Boys’ Choir’s goal is to induct boys into the boundless world of choir music. The ensemble strives to develop their musical talents and transform them into professional concert performers. The diverse repertoire opens up their potential and the time spent with audiences at home and abroad leaves many pleasant memories.
Along with their musical education, the choir stimulates multiple important personal qualities such as:
- discipline and determination;
- personal responsibility and respect of others;
- moral virtue;
- ambition to excel.
To date, over 1,700 boys have been choristers at SBC. In this academy for singing kids become a part of the music world and gain insight into what is beautiful and valuable. Many have continued on to musical careers as instrumentalists, singers, conductors, pedagogues and composers.
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Conductor of the Sofia Boys’ Choir
Prof. Adriana Blagoeva
Prof. Dr. Adriana Blagoeva was born in Sofia, where she later studied choir conducting with Professor Ana Belcheva at the National Music Academy Pancho Vladigerov. Dr. Blagoeva has worked with children’s, female and mixed choirs. She became chorus master of the Sofia Boys Choir in 1988 and in 1989 became its conductor. Under her leadership, the ensemble has performed and recorded actively in the Bulgaria and abroad and has won a Grand Prix, five First and five Second Prizes from seven international choral competitions.
Under the direction of Adriana Blagoeva, the Sofia Boys Choir significantly expanded its repertoire with music of different periods and genres from the 14th century to the present day. Church Slavonic music and Bulgarian folklore arrangements have a special place in the repertoire of the ensemble, which has released nine CDs independently and has performed within eight other compilations. The Bulgarian National Radio and the Bulgarian National Television have many additional recordings of the SBC.
In 1997, Prof. Blagoeva created the Youth Formation of the Sofia Boys Choir, which consists exclusively of former choristers from the boys’ group. This enables the choir to perform as three separate ensembles: a boys’, men’s and mixed choirs.
Adriana Blagoeva is the winner of the Special Prize for Choral Conducting from the First International Choral Competition in Bolzano, Italy, in 2000.
Under the direction of Adriana Blagoeva, the Sofia Boys Choir won the Union of Bulgarian Musicians and Dancers’ Silver Lyre Award in 1998 and a Golden Lyre in 2008. In 2009 and 2012, it was twice awarded the biggest prize for music making in Bulgaria – the Crystal Lyre in the category "Choral Art". In 2002, the choir was awarded "Musician of the Year" in the "Active Creative Work" category in the Allegro Vivace ranking of the Bulgarian National Radio. It has also won the Golden Quill two times, in 1998 and 2013, for contributions to Bulgarian culture. SBC is the winner of the honorary plaque of the Ministry of Culture for high artistic achievements, special diplomas of the Sofia Municipality, Honorary Plaque of the Bulgarian Choral Union, Union of Bulgarian Composers, Union of People's Chitalishta and others.
Adriana Blagoeva and the Sofia Boys Choir have performed many times in Greece, Russia, Poland, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, Hungary, Moldova, Belgium, Turkey and Japan.
Dr. Blagoeva has published articles and participated in theory conferences on choral singing and music education in Bulgaria, Russia, Greece and Spain. She has conducted open rehearsals with Sofia Boys Choir in Greece, Germany, and Japan and has taught master classes in working with a choir and choral conducting in Mexico.
Adriana Blagoeva is Professor of Choral Conducting, Doctor of Musicology and Musical Arts, and Dean of the Theory, Composition and Conducting Department of the National Academy of Music Pancho Vladigerov in Sofia.
From 1999 to 2017, Zornitsa Getova has been chorus maser and pianist of the choir. She has a degree in Choral Conducting and Audio Engineering from the National Academy of Music Pancho Vladigerov, and has worked as a coach at the Department of Conducting since 2005.