“Isn’t this the best ensemble of its kind known in the West?”, the Swiss La Tribune de Geneve newspaper asked rhetorically.
“It's been long since a choir performing in such a natural, fresh and easy manner came to New York”, the New York Times newspaper declared.
“An excellent choir that has each and every quality to be at the top in the world of choir art”, the Tokyo Times Japanese newspaper exclaimed. The Children’s Choir of the Bulgarian National Radio was founded in 1960. Making a quick progress, it soon became famous, establishing itself among the best choirs in Bulgaria as a mature creative formation and a leader in Bulgarian choir performance. Both listeners and viewers show keen interest in the choir’s concert programmes. The live performances at home and abroad win more and more admirers of these young singers, as well as new friends of Bulgaria.
Hristo Nedyalkov is the founder, artistic director and chief conductor of the choir. He is a Sofia University professor of choral conducting and one of the most outstanding Bulgarian musicians. His assistant-conductor is Mrs. Venetsia Karamanova. These wonderful, exuberant children have already had concerts on four continents. The little Bulgarian singers have had great success singing in the most famous concert halls in New York, Washington, Tokyo, Paris, Berlin, London, Moscow, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Brussels, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Mexico, Honolulu, Cairo and many other cities in nearly 30 countries. The choir has given 490 concerts on its sixteen concert tours in Japan only, visiting over 150 towns in the country. Many record and television companies have recorded its programmes and have popularised its great artistic performances all over the world.
The choir’s repertoire includes compositions by old masters of different periods and styles, works of Bulgarian and foreign contemporary composers, choir arrangements of Bulgarian and other folk songs.The Children’s Choir of the Bulgarian National Radio is a laureate and winner of Grand Prix, special and first place awards, gold medals and diplomas for great artistic achievements at many national and international choir competitions and festivals.In 2002 the European Choirs’ Federation to the European Union conferred upon the Choir the title “Cultural Ambassador of Europe”.
Conductor and Artistic Director of the Children’s Choir of the Bulgarian National Radio, Academician HRISTO NEDYALKOV, a regular member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Sofia University, professor of choral conducting, is one of the most outstanding representatives of the Bulgarian creative intelligentsia. He has continuously contributed to the uplifting of Bulgarian national culture and has made Bulgarian music art popular around the world. Widely known and esteemed abroad choral specialist Hristo Nedyalkov has been invited to be on the panel of adjudicators at international choir competitions: Cork (Ireland), Neerpelt (Belgium), Llangollen (Great Britain), Varna (Bulgaria), Olmouts (Czechia). He delivers lectures relating to choral art at international conferences. With his Choir he toured many times in the U.S.A., Russia, Japan, Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Czechia, Hungary, Ireland, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Rumania, Yugoslavia , Greece, Egypt, Algeria, Mexico, Cuba and other – more than 30 countries on four continents.
Acad. Hristo Nedyalkov is a laureate, bearer of absolute, special and first awards, gold medals and diplomas for highest artistic achievements at many national and international choir competitions and festivals. He is bearer of the highest Bulgarian state awards, and winner of numerous international awards, most notably the Emperor’s Order of the Sacred Treasure “Gold Rays” with Rosette (the highest award for foreigner), conferred by the Government of Japan in 1995 for his distinguished contributions to the scientific and cultural exchange between Bulgaria and Japan. He is also bearer of Kodaly Zoltan medal by the Government of Hungary. In 1996, the Tokai University Educational System conferred him a title of Tokai University Honorary Guest Professor.
In 2002, the European Choir’s Federation to the European Union conferred upon the Children’s Choir of Bulgarian National Radio under the leadership of Prof. Hristo Nedyalkov, the title “Cultural Ambassador of Europe”.