Iron Strings

Razgrad, Bulgaria

Krasen Ivanov - conductor
Daniela Nikiforova - piano accompaniment

Folk Concert

Title Composer Lyrics
Mari Mome D. Hristov Traditional
Stara sa maika ni lozhe T. Popov Traditional
Ergen deda P. Lyondev Traditional
Kakva moma vidyah, mamo E. Manolov Traditional

Concert of Sacred Music

Title Composer Duration
Bogoroditse devo raduisya S. Rachmaninov Orthodox
Blagoslovi dushe moya P. Dinev Orthodox
Dostoino est D. Hristov Orthodox

“Zhelezni struni” choir was founded in 1904 in Razgrad, Bulgaria by a group of enthusiasts. Krasen Ivanov has been conducting the choir since 1995. He graduated choir conducting at the Academy of Music in Sofia in the class of professor D. Ruskov and received an advanced degrees in the classes of Genadii Rozhdestvensky in Moscow and Rolf Reuter in Weimar.

During its existence the choir has won many prizes. In 2001 the choir was awarded second prize and silver medal at the International Choir Competition in Preveza, Greece, in 2003 the choir received a bronze medal at the prestigious International Choir Competition “Orlando di Lasso” in Camerino, Italy and in 2004 a silver medal at the International Choir Contest “Antonin Dvorak” in Prague, Czech Republic.

The choir is also an initiator and organizer of a Choir Festival, which has been taking place in Razgrad since 2002.

Razgrad is a small town in North-East Bulgaria and the capital of Razgrad Province, built upon the ruins of the Ancient Roman town of Abritus. The registered 1200 permanent culture monuments illustrate the rich material and spiritual culture of tribes and peoples, who have lived in the Ludogorie region for centuries.

In 1982, while excavating near the village of Sveshtari a unique three-chamber king’s tomb from the end of IV century B.C was discovered. It’s architecture presents it as a sample of the Thracian building art.

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