97th International Music Festival “Varna summer”

Saturday, 24/06/2023г.-Friday, 06/10/2023г.
97th International Music Festival “Varna summer”

24th of June - 10th of October

Programme 2023

24th of June, 20:00hrs - Official opening 
Varna state opera

25th of June, 19:00hrs - Hannover piano trio
City art gallery "Boris Georgiev"

26th of June, 19:00hrs - Johann Sabastian Bach - Goldberg variations
City art gallery "Boris Georgiev"

27th of June, 19:00hrs - 60 years Chamber orchestra "Franz Liszt"
Festival and Congress center

29th of June, 19:00hrs - Frederic Audibert violoncello recital 
City art gallery "Boris Georgiev"

30th of June, 19:00hrs - Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Varna state opera soloists, choir and orchestra
Festival and Congress center

01st of July, 19:00hrs - Shostakovich Ensemble
City art gallery "Boris Georgiev"

02nd of July, 19:00hrs - Piano duo Alina and Nikolay Shalamov
City art gallery "Boris Georgiev"

03rd of July, 19:00hrs - Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
Festival and Congress center

04th of July, 19:00hrs - Michel Deneuve and string quartet of the Belgian National Orchestra
University of Economics - Aula

10th of July, 19:00hrs - Concert of Albena Danailova and Rumen Tsvetkov
City Art Gallery "Boris Georgiev"

15th of July, 19:00hrs - Concert - Nedyalko Nedyalkov, Peyo Peev and Petar Milanov
City Art Gallery "Boris Georgiev"

24th of July, 19:00hrs - Veselin Stanev - piano recital 
City Art Gallery "Boris Georgiev"

26th of July, 19:00hrs - Piano duo Dessislava Shtereva and Evgenia Simeonova
City Art Gallery "Boris Georgiev"

31st of July, 20:00hrs - "My fair lady" - adaptation of the musical by Frederick Loewe for quintet and soloists
Courtyard of Archaeological Museum

03rd of August, 19:00hrs - UvA-Orchestra J.Pzn Sweelinck
National School of Arts "Dobri Hristov"

01st of September, 19:00hrs - Baroque еnsemble "Armonica Stanza" 
City Art Gallery "Boris Georgiev"

02nd of September, 19:00hrs - Chamber concert-works by Pablo Sarasate, Enrique Fernandez Arbós, Joaquin Turina, Enrique Granados
City Art Gallery "Boris Georgiev"

03rd of September, 12:30hrs - Piano recital of Luis Gonzalez Llado
City Art Gallery "Boris Georgiev"

03rd of September, 19:00hrs - Ensemble instrumental de Cantabria/ENSEIC, Spain
City Art Gallery "Boris Georgiev"

09th of September, 19:00hrs - Mario Hossen and Piero Barbareschi play Bach
City Art Gallery "Boris Georgiev"

10th of September, 19:00hrs - Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra
Festival and Congress center

11th of September, 19:00hrs -  Early and Contemporary Ensemble "Sete Lagrimas Consort"
Festival and Congress center

12th of September, 19:00hrs - Chamber orchestra "I Solisti Veneti"
Festival and Congress center

06th of October, 19:00hrs - London Community Gospel Choir
Festival and Congress center



“Varna Summer” International Music Festival is the first music festival in Bulgaria, founded in 1926 in the city of Varna.
Almost 100 years ago, just after the official opening of the Varna’s Sea Baths in 1926 - the first SPA center in the sea town, emblematic personalities of Varna society at that time, among them the composers Pancho Vladigerov and Dobri Hristov, set the beginning of the first in the country music celebrations, which later became the biggest International Music Festival in Bulgaria. Having received national and international recognition, today the Festival is a representative forum of Bulgarian and world music and music performing art.

The slogan of the first organisers "to unite the best music celebrities of the country" finds its continuation and advance in the promotion of Bulgarian music culture in the policy of Festival’s programming. A number of Bulgarian works have been performed for the first time within the "Varna Summer".

The Festival has multi-genre character and includes the following modules:

  • Core Program – symphony and chamber music
  • International symposium
  • International Summer Music Academy
  • Music Lab – Varna
  • Renaissance and Baroque Music
  • Opera and Ballet
  • Crossover
  • Intermezzo – in partnership with the “Varna Summer” International Theater Festival 
  • “Varna Summer for Kids” - series of educational concerts
  • Parallel Program – exhibitions, films, conferences and others

In its more than 90-year long history the Festival has impressed with the presence of soloists, conductors, symphony and chamber orchestras, choirs, opera ensembles, ballet companies from around the world. But the ambition of every next festival program is to present at the stage of the "Varna Summer" IMF both the renowned names of the world music culture and young artists - future stars. In 1987 the Festival became a member of the European Festival Association based in Geneva. Nowadays, EFA is one of the major non-governmental organizations working at European level in Brussels on the cultural policies of the old continent, which twice consecutively awarded the EFFE Label to "Varna Summer" IMF within the period 2015-2020

In June 2019 The Festival was honored with the EFFE label, an Europe’s quality stamp, for its program and organization among 715 festivals across Europe. The exceptional success of the festival was also confirmed by receiving the AUDIENCE AWARD.

Artistic Director in 2019 and 2020 is Prof. Mario Hossen.  

Venues: Festival and Congress Center, City Art Gallery, Summer Theater, Archaeological Museum courtyard, Varna state opera, University of Economics-Aula, National School of Arts "Dobri Hristov"
Organiser: Varna Municipality - Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate
Contact details: tel.: +359 52 820 352; e-mail:

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