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The director of RHM – Razgrad Tanya Todorova presented the award of the museum for the best performance of a work by Dimitar Nenov in the ninth edition of the competition of the same name for young performers.

The jury decided that these were the talents Deyan Denchev and Slavena Petkova. Due to honorable reasons, Slavena could not receive her award in person.

The award ceremony and Gala-concert of the laureates was held in the hall of the “Razvitie” community center. In front of the young performers, their parents and music educators, the chairman of the jury, Evgeni Zhelyazkov, a teacher at NSA “Prof. Vesselin Stoyanov” – Ruse, congratulated the children on their participation and progress in mastering the subtleties of playing the piano. He told them that the most important thing is not the prize, but the meetings between them in such forums, the friendship and the exchange of experience. He wished them a happy and successful new school year and to see each other again in the spring of 2025 at the next edition of the competition.

As always, the participants in the youngest age group left the competition with nothing but prizes and certificates and huge stuffed toys.

A day earlier, the opening of the competition was at the Ethnographic Museum. Tanya Todorova, director of the Regional History Museum, hosted the ceremony. She pointed out that among the goals of the competition is to preserve and popularize the work of the great Bulgarian composer, to discover young talented performers who will be given the opportunity to perform and exchange experience, as well as to stimulate their creative potential and encourage them to improvement and implementation in the new competitive environment.

Prof. Rositsa Angelova PhD – head of the “New and Latest History” department at the Regional History Museum, reminded the young participants, their parents, teachers and music lovers of the main moments of Dimitar Nenov’s life and contribution to Bulgarian culture. This happened against the background of the only preserved recording of Dimitar Nenov’s performance of a work by Ferenc Liszt. The director of the Regional History Museum, Tanya Todorova, explained that the recording – part of the fund of the Bulgarian National Radio, was given to the museum at the idea of the director of the Music School “Ilia Burnev” Deyan Denchev.

“The Ninth National Competition for Young Pianists wishes you to fulfill the words, the covenants, the responsibility of the virtuoso Dimitar Nenov: “Peoples give birth to gifts – an emanation of spiritual forces, thousands give something to create this gift. I am indebted to everyone and I must return what they have given me”, she quotes the virtuoso pianist and architect. Prof. Angelova wished the young pianists to be, with their talent, “the stone in the shoe of modern Bulgarian culture” and to create beauty, native musical art at a world-class, modern level.

In his welcome, Deputy Mayor Dobrin Dobrev congratulated the participants for the choice they made, wished them that the piano would become their vocation and that with their performances they would draw many people into the magic of music.

The chairman of the jury, Evgeni Zhelyazkov, a teacher at NSA “Prof. Veselin Stoyanov” – Ruse. The members of the jury are: Prof. Alexander Vasilenko from NMA” Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” and Antoineta Vodenicharova from NSA “Panayot Pipkov”-Pleven.

15 pianists, divided into four age groups, participate in the competition, some of them, in addition to individual performers, also participate in the “piano duo” section. For the third edition in a row, in addition to the whole country, there is also a participant from Russia – a young musician from St. Petersburg.

The musical celebration, dedicated to our illustrious fellow citizen, is organized by the Municipality of Razgrad, community center “Razvitie” and house museum “Dimitar Nenov”. It takes place over two years and is aimed at children and young people studying piano in music schools, classes and private tutors.