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Kalin Ivanov, Executive Director

Kalin Ivanov, Founder & Executive Director of the New York Festival Orchestra (NYFO), has over 20 years of administrative experience as Artists Manager, Orchestra Manager, Orchestra Contractor, PR Services, Concert Producer, Artistic Director, Music Director, President, Chair, Global Ambassador for the Performing Arts, Podium Exchange Specialist etc. for different organizations and projects world-wide.


Some of the organizations with which Mr. Ivanov was associated and worked with are: BV Artists International; Forte 90, Inc.; World Classical Performing Arts Society; Teatro Lirico D'Europa; Sofia Philharmonic, Sofia Sinfonietta; Varna Philharmonic, Plovdiv Philharmonic; Varna Summer Music Festival, Sofia Music Weeks International Festival; Festival of the Gulf; Rondo Music Festival; Spring and Summer Music Academy; Young Global Leadership Foundation; Price Rubin & Partners Artists Management; The Royal Players Virtuosi - Concert Series; Chamber Music at the Old Stone House; Bulgarian Virtuosi Concert Series; Brooklyn String Competition; Brooklyn College, CUNY; Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, NY;

St. Kyril & Metodi Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocesan Cathedral; Produced over 1000 concerts of which over 20 at CARNEGIE HALL.


Currently he is the President of Forte 90, Inc., NY; President and Artistic Director of the BV Artists International, NY; Chair of the Brooklyn String Competition, NY; Director of International Representation at Festival of the Gulf, Italy; Executive Director of the New York Festival Orchestra, NY.


As an active cellist Kalin Ivanov is a prominent soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, recording artist, and educator. Compared by the press to Rostropovich, Yo-Yo Ma, Piatigorsky and Jacqueline du Pré he is quickly gaining recognition as an artist whose “dramatic urgency and expressive tone” (The STRAD) is matched by “His deep, emotional, and poetic performing style” (Moscow North). The former music critic of the New York Times, Harris Goldsmith states that”…Ivanov presents himself as a player with a fine grained, luscious tone…” (New York Concert Review). The WORLD PANORAMA (Bulgaria) wrote: “…Kalin Ivanov is a phenomenon in the palette of the most talented musicians” and Musical Opinion (UK) confirmed:  “one of the most celebrated cellists of his generation.”


In 2003 Mr. Ivanov, along with many prestigious musicians such as Natalia Gutman, Alexander Kniazev, Boris Pergamenstikov, Peter Bruns, Tomas Stral and recent winners of the Tchaikovsky competition, was selected to perform in the International Music Festival in commemoration of Daniel Shafran, which was sponsored by the Moscow State Philharmonic and the State Institute of Arts. The Music Life magazine, Moscow called him: “…recognized master of the cello.”


A winner of the C.W. Post Chamber Music Festival Concerto Competition, he has performed in major performing centers in Bulgaria, Greece, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Czech Republic, England, Russia, Brazil, Caribbean Islands and the U.S. Mr. Ivanov solo performances include appearances with the top Bulgarian orchestras including: Sofia Philharmonic, Sinfonietta-Sofia, Plovdiv Philharmonic, Varna Philharmonic, as well as Prague Sinfonietta, Moscow chamber orchestra - “Cantus Firmus”, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan Virtuosi and Ensemble du Monde - Chamber Orchestras in New York, and others. He is also a founding member of The Forte String Quartet and New York Empire Trio.


Mr. Ivanov is currently on the faculty at Brooklyn College/CUNY and Adelphi University. He also appears regularly on radio and television programs, leads cello and chamber music master classes and is a judge of international competitions in the US, South America and Europe. Mr. Ivanov records for MSR Classics and Gega New labels and is presented by BV Artists International - More info:

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