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It was really magical what was presented on stage for a good two and a half hours. Actually, it would have been enough just to listen to the orchestra under the direction of Nayden Todorov.
Cellesche Zeitung – Germany
January 2020

You could feel and see how Todorov managed to get the musicians involved and inspire them. In the sold out Musikverein the audience thanked him with long lasting ovations.
Wiener Bezirksblatt – Austria
December 2019

In early December we could experience the Sofia Philharmonic under the direction of conductor Nayden Todorov in the sold-out Musikverein. Todorov manages to work out a special, warm and colorful sound. He succeeds in combining the classical Viennese tradition with the Slavic emotion. Conductor and the orchestra are obviously not looking for shows or big effects, but are about the music itself.
Wiener Zeitung – Austria
December 2019

Conductor Nayden Todorov pulled out all the musical skills. The audience was thrilled by the contrast between the finely chiseled passages and the rapidly virtuoso parts. In this interpretation, Todorov combined spiritedly gripping gesture and masterly formal overview. The sound beauty and fine sound culture are impressive. Todorov explored the increases under high tension until the final.
Kronenzeitung – Austria
December 2019

In the interpretation of Nayden Todorov you could feel that the conductor comes from Vienna. With the Thuringian Symphony Orchestra he found exactly the right measure to reveal the great rhapsodic breath that permeates the symphony and to make the finest details, enchanting, small stories audible in the figures.
OTZ Kultur – Germany
March 2019

The finale was a captivating and devastating element, achieved with the impressive dramatic performance by Repin and the dedicated partnership of Todorov and the Sofia Philharmonic.
K Press – Bulgaria
October 2018

The conductor’s clear vision of the overall dramaturgical line also contributed to the convincing presentation of the Fifth Symphony. With its metaphorical transition from reflection on a tragic fate to a triumph of will, the symphony was saved by the often-threatening pathetic triviality that lurks above it.
Kultura – Bulgaria
May 2018

Nayden Todorov and his orchestra managed to convey the enthusiasm for the imperishable dream material of eroticism and death in a well-coordinated interplay with the soloists and ensemble members at the opera gala on the Schlossberg.
Allgemeine Zeitung – Germany
August 2015

The Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra likes to play with Nayden Todorov, the musicians play with desire and this was evident in Requiem, they are well prepared, they are reactive, they gave their bests.
Kultura – Bulgaria
November 2014

Wichita Grand Opera did themselves proud with this performance of Rossini’s last and perhaps greatest opera… The audience appeared quite enthralled by this profound work, applauding generously after scenes and arias, and greeting the conclusion of the stirring finale with unrestrained enthusiasm.
Opera News – USA
May 2014

The sensitive accompaniment by the Orchestra under the direction of Nayden Todorov is accentuated and yet pleasantly reserved and thus makes a decisive contribution to perfect listening pleasure.
Suedkurier – Germany
December 2013

Even the pace and character of the rumba in the Cuban Overture showed that the conductor’s work here went beyond the quick reading of a popular text. And the orchestra itself responded with joy and imagination to the music movement. There was an acoustic play, masterful solo moments, a well balanced sound.
Kultura – Bulgaria
February 2013

The orchestra lent excitement and drama through the energetic yet sensitive direction of the conductor Nayden Todorov.
Kreis-Anzeiger – Germany
October 2010

The orchestra under the sensitive direction of its conductor Nayden Todorov shone professionally and harmoniously with the famous „first“ violin of Dimitrij Shostakovich.
Allgemeine Zeitung – Germany
January 2010

Even here conductor Nayden Todorov impressively demonstrated that he had a firm grip on the ensemble. Just watching the man conduct his orchestra was a feast for the eyes.
Schwarzwalder Bote – Germany
July 2009

Conductor Nayden Todorov is a capable opera conductor who can hold a performance together very well and lovingly paints out interesting details.
Salzburger Kulturzeitung – Austria
January 2008

The musicians of State Opera Rousse were led by their chief conductor Nayden Todorov, who displayed excellent cooperation, rousing enthusiasm for the music and great skill.
Schaffhauser Nachrichten – Switzerland
Oktober 2007

A lot of applause after the interpretation of the Overture for the conductor Todorov, who offered a delicious, very balanced version, in which he succeeded to show the qualities of the orchestra.
La Voz de Galicia – Spain
May 2007

Todorov is endowed with a rare ability for communication with the performers, which is why he has been preferred to the world’s most prestigious orchestras and soloists.
Jurnalul National – Romania
November 2007

There is considerable orchestral music included in these excerpts and Nayden Todorov coaxes wonderfully expressive playing from his Sofia orchestra… Another Naxos opera triumph. An intelligent and valuable concept. All performed with passion and commitment.
Music Web International – United Kingdom
August 2006

A conductor who seduces … Not only the devil seduces the Faust audience of Solothurn, but once again the young conductor Nayden Todorov. Two years ago, “Faust” became a sensational success under his direction, last summer also “Andrea Chénier” Nayden Todorov shades the “Faust” color of the score, dabbing highlights with a supple sound and a soulful melody with a fine brush. The Bulgarian breathes with the singers. A musician through and through who fascinates acoustically and optically with round, flowing movements.
Solothurner Zeitung – Switzerland
July 2005

Most interesting in this „Aida“ was the sound produced by the orchestra, conducted by Nayden Todorov. The strings and winds blended wonderfully with dark, shadowy hues. Even the brasses’ blare was blunted by a pillowy softness.
The Wichita Eagle – USA
March 2005

The orchestra, directed by Nayden Todorov, interpreted Macbeth’s melodic score beautifully as well as the singers; the ensemble numbers in particular were fantastic.
Press & Sun Bulletin – USA
October 2005

Тhe wider range of Todorov’s tempi enables the exciting climaxes to achieve their effect all the more powerfully.
Gramophone – United Kingdom
February 2004

As a performance, it would be hard to imagine a better one… If I may dream an impossible dream, I would wish that I could expose every lover of ballet, classical music, and lover of the story of Don Quixote to this recording. The Sofia National Opera Orchestra, along with Nayden Todorov, has produced a gem and should be proud.
Music Web International – United Kingdom
January 2004

Especially Nayden Todorov is a sound mage, with feverish tempos and a sense for the Gounod’s elegance and melting melody.
Berner Zeitung – Switzerland
July 2003

Nayden Todorov, the conductor, kept things moving, allowing the singers leeway but making sure they didn’t go overboard. He set crisp, swift tempi, and was in obvious control.
Charleston Entertainment – USA
November 2003

Conductor Nayden Todorov drew fine shaping from the strings. The brass section met his demands with fearless vigor, awesome accuracy, and excellent solo work from woodwinds wove through singers’ arias.
The Eagle – USA
October 2003

With his presence and sensitivity in the accompaniment of the arias, Todorov conveyed the security that the performers need on stage in order to be able to concentrate fully on their singing and playing. They thanked him and the audience with remarkable achievements.
Aargauer Zeitung – Switzerland
July 2003

The orchestra, chorus and four soloists were all exemplary musicians, deeply familiar with Mozart’s style and directed firmly and subtly by conductor Nayden Todorov. Symphony No. 40 emerged with high energy in the first movement, gentle colors in the second, intense drama in the minuet and quicksilver brilliance in the finale.
Washington Post – USA
November 2003

The 28-year-old conductor proved himself to be the “key to success” of Saturday’s concert. He is an extremely gifted musician with a large personality, filled with the joy of creating music and possessing great skill in his dialogue with the orchestra, and in fulfilling all of one’s expectations…
Glos Wielkopolski
February 2002 – Poland

…Among the guest artists the greatest and most emotionally charged bravo went deservedly to conductor Nayden Todorov… For the entire evening the conductor maintained, with an iron hand and with tremendous expression, the pulse of the composition, with faultless rhythm, like a metronome—this is rather rare. The Brahms was received without the ennui so typical of so many Late Romantic interpretations, filled with boiling ideas. I would like very much to see again his art of conducting.
Gazeta Wyborcza – Poland
February 2002

The Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra have audibly got close to the heart of Glass’s sound world and Todorov’s understanding of the music’s structures is convincing.
Gramophone – United Kingdom
March 2002

the orchestra under Nayden Todorov adds due weight and dramatic impact. Dynamic balance, rhythm, pulse and phrasing are all attended to under his tight direction.
Stringendo Magazine – Australia
September 2002

The youngest Bulgarian conductor? No! The best!
168 Hours – Bulgaria
January 2002

As it is Todorov probably handles this movement better than any of the other versions I have heard including the Downes, Segerstam and Schønwandt.
Music Web International – United Kingdom
December 2001

Not an empty seat in the house. Strong dramatic conflicts, emotion, romance–this is what everybody in the hall felt… A strict and intensively built opera performance from the wonderful Nayden Todorov.
Maritza – Bulgaria
February 2001

The tempi are relaxed and this adds much to the overall interpretation of the concerto… There tends to be a warm and friendly understanding between the soloist and the conductor giving as one anticipates the other musician.
On The Town – USA
October 2001

In the overfilled hall, the Plovdiv Philharmonic gave an extremely original concert under its chief conductor Nayden Todorov, who subsequently proved the level of his professionalism.
Maritza – Bulgaria
March 2001

If we have to choose his best qualities, first: He always has the right concept for the sound and the structure of the piece, and he always knows how to get it; second: He rehearses extremely intensively, but… with a smile! And the orchestra trusts him, because he never forgets his responsibilities.
Musika Viva – Bulgaria
March 2001

Nayden Todorov is a musician with an obvious sense of theater, of flow and construction of the opera. The stage is not foreign to him, and what we saw is how everybody on the stage, as well as the orchestra, submitted to his musical logic.
Art-Theater – Germany
February 2001

Nayden Todorov is born to be a conductor, he is fascinating and electric, influences the musicians, and makes them feel the same. He has taste and a feeling for measure, flexible and beautiful gesture, an external mark of his internal harmony. Without nonsense, needless effects or conducting show.
Duma – Bulgaria
March 2001

A conductor with a very promising talent and great perspective.…The performance was marked by high emotion and professionalism… An intelligent interpretation was a result of the confident leadership of the conductor… The good balance in the orchestra, the powerful dynamic construction combined with a feeling for artistic measure are the notable result of his professionalism.
Music Horizons – Bulgaria
November 2000

The Plovdiv Philharmonic from Bulgaria gives a spirited account of what must have seemed a most unfamiliar score and style! Todorov’s direction is a little cautious but never stolid, auguring well for the rest of this fascinating series.
Gramophone – United Kingdom
August 2000

Nayden Todorov opened the the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra’s new season. His performance was marked by youth, power, energy and brilliance.
Musika Viva – Bulgaria
November 2000

The young man is undoubtedly talented and this is a fact felt by everybody who attended his concert.
Duma – Bulgaria
December 2000

The Plovdiv music director Nayden Todorov is only 26 years old, but with an enviable artistic biography.
Trud – Bulgaria
December 2000

Can somebody remember the last time the concert hall was so overfilled? A significant cultural event brought together many more people than are accommodated in the hall, the gifted conductor Nayden Todorov accepted the invitation of the Vidin Philharmonic… an irrepressible aesthetic delight… a storm of loud applause…
Nie – Bulgaria
June 1998

The 21-year-old Nayden Todorov filled the audience with admiration… No wonder that the conductor who studies now in Vienna wasn’t let go without an encore.
Mannersdorf Nachrichten – Austria
June 1995

When youth goes together with such talent and maturity, it is something to be admired. The reason for the loud applause of the Vratza public was young guest conductor Nayden Todorov. He enraptured the audience with his multiple qualities of remarkable musicianship which reach spiritual leadership, technical precision and logical interpretation…. A splendid performer.
Zov – Bulgaria
February 1994

Nayden Todorov coped with the difficult score without problem. In his performance stand out the steady mastery of the musical form and his very special sense for a plastic phrase.
Glas – Bulgaria
March 1993

The music lovers of Vratza had the chance once again to meet the extremely gifted young conductor and pianist Nayden Todorov. After the amazed musicians in the orchestra there is a phenomenon in Bulgarian music… Just a wonder… Superb, exclusive, charming… a conductor with a great future.. a musician the likes of which we have not seen for a long time.
Zov – Bulgaria
April 1993

Nayden Todorov belongs, no doubt, to the type of people who are never satisfied with what they achieve. The energy, musical passion, and rare diligence he demonstrates is absolutely amazing.
Kultura – Bulgaria
April 1993

With absolutely precise gestures astonishing for his age, and with an amazingly correct feeling for the right tempo, conducting with inspiration and fire, his growth is beyond the standards for a person of his age and experience.
Glas – Bulgaria
March 1992

Nayden Todorov is born to be a musician, he is sovereign in the area called music. It seems that for him nothing else exists. But it is clear to everybody who knows him that he is an organizer, and doesn’t just consume his abilities…. One is clear: a new star is born. Let’s enjoy his magnificence.
Glas – Bulgaria
April 1992

The 17-year-old conductor Nayden Todorov succeeded with two concerts only to embrace his older colleagues… His destiny is to be a conductor.
Plovdiv News – Bulgaria
August 1992

Particularly in the slow movements, the strength became with which Nayden Todorov held the musicians in his grasp, how a move of his elbow sent a shot of voltage to the orchestra and also to the public.
Offenbacher Post – Germany
September 1992

Is Herbert von Karajan born again?
Review Title in Glas – Bulgaria
October 1992

The only 17-year-old Nayden Todorov directed the chamber orchestra according to experts „fiery and with professional manners “
Niederelbe Zeitung – Germany
October 1991

This, what the young artist from Bulgaria offered to our public was just a musical delicacy.
Hadler Nachrichten – Germany
October 1991

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