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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra visits Bulgaria and Malta for the first time

19 June 2018

For the first time in its 130-years’ history, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will give concerts in Bulgaria and Malta.

 The concerts under the baton of Chief Conductor Daniele Gatti are part of the RCO meets Europe concert tour, which takes the orchestra to all 28 member states of the European Union. In each country, one opening work is performed Side by Side with a local youth orchestra.

On 30 June 2018, the Concertgebouw Orchestra will give a concert at the National Place of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria. The opening work is performed Side by Side with the Pioneer Youth Philharmonic Orchestra: the young Bulgarian musicians share the music stands with RCO members in Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni. Daniele Gatti then conducts the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with concertmaster Vesko Eschkenazy, originally from Bulgaria, performing the solo part. The concert is concluded with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

The orchestra performs the same programme on 1 July at Teatru Manoel in Valletta, Malta, as part of Malta International Arts Festival. In the opening work, RCO members share music stands with the young musicians of the Malta Youth Orchestra.