Music from the heart


TEATRO COLÓN: "Milen Nachev impressed the hall by the firmness of his gesture and his command and control of the orchestra. He showed great precision in the markings, with very clear directives in his choice of tempo, and the construction of the phrasings that were impeccably expressed by the musicians of Buenos Aires Philharmonic at Teatro Colon."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 La Nación, Buenos Aires

Milen Nachev has been recognized throughout Europe, Asia, and Australia, as well as North and South America, for his strong musicality, his excellent conducting technique, his stylistic faithfulness, and for the richness of his extensive repertoire. Mr. Nachev was Artistic Director & Conductor of the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra (BNR) for eight years, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Romanian National Radio Symphony Orchestra. He was also Artistic Director of International Symphonic & Opera Workshops, Ltd., Music Director & Conductor of Belgrade Radio & Television Symphony Orchestra (Serbia), and Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Balkan Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2011, he was an International Opera Masterclass Artistic Director and Faculty Professor with Peter the Great Music Academy in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

During his tenure with BNR Symphony Orchestra, Nachev made many critically acclaimed recordings, broadcasted by the BBC–Radio 3, Mezzo TV and Radio France around the world, and available on EMI/Virgin Classic, Albany Records,,, CD, and Gega New. Nachev and the BNR Symphony Orchestra had multiple concert tours in France, Italy, Spain, Germany,  and Belgium, among others. In 1989, Nachev was appointed Principal Conductor, Artistic Director and General Manager of the Rousse State Opera Theatre in Bulgaria. Following that, he was invited as a Conductor of Sofia National Opera and Ballet Theatre as well. He also served as a Principal Conductor of Sofia Youth Orchestra and Professor of Conducting at the Bulgarian State Conservatory.

Milen Nachev’s guest-conducting engagements have included appearances with, among others, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic and St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, Russia; Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Romanian National Radio Symphony, Bucharest; Toronto Philharmonia, Canada; Bogotá National Symphony Orchestra, Columbia; Sofia Philharmonic, Bulgaria; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn; Karlovy Vary Philharmonic, Czech Republic; Rousse State Opera Theatre, Bulgaria, and Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, Argentina. He has frequently been invited as a guest-conductor in Spain,France,Russia,Germany,Italy, the United States, Belgium, Serbia, Portugal, Greece, Argentina, Bulgaria, Czech, Turkey, Colombia, and Romania, among other countries.

Equally talented as an opera conductor, Milen Nachev led an internationally renowned cast, including soloists from Teatro alla Scala di Milano and Bolshoi Theatre in the premiere performances of Verdi’s Don Carlo at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. In addition, he conducted the Eastern European premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide with the Sofia National Opera. Milen Nachev’s appearance with the Czech National Opera in Bedrich Smetana’s The Bartered Bride was also highly acclaimed by the critics and audience. Mr. Nachev has engaged in artistic collaboration with internationally renowned artists like Denis Matsuev, Gena Dimitrova, Chucho Valdes, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Nikola Ghiuselev, Maria Pia Piscitelli, Nikolai Petrov, Vesselina Katzarova, Ludmil Angelov, Darina Takova, Mincho Minchev, Dario Volonte, Kimiko Hata, Serguei Markarov, and many others, for which he has additionally received critical acclaim.

In December of 2002, EMI/Virgin released the compact disc Mozart in Egypt, which was

conducted by Nachev. As a result of the very successful  collaboration with Hughes de

Courson and EMI/Virgin, the disc is now being sold in over 35 countries. The world

premiere, conducted by Nachev, took place at the Marseille Festival, and the work was

performed immediately at Saint Denis Festival in Paris. During the Vatican Millennium

Festival in Rome, Mr. Nachev was invited to conduct J. S. Bach’s Mass in B minor.

In addition, Mr. Nachev went on to lead the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra

in the opening concert of the EUROPALIA Festival in Brussels, Belgium in 2002.

Milen Nachev was born into an artistic family in Bulgaria. At the age of five he made his debut as a pianist. Milen was accepted into the Bulgarian State Conservatory as a conductor and pianist, and was offered for a full scholarship to attend the world famous Saint Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. There, he studied with legendary Professor Ylia Mussin and received his Master’s Degree in Symphonic and Opera conducting. Mr. Nachev participated in conducting master classes with Gennady Rozhdestvensky at Academia Musicale Chigiana in Sienna, Italy as well. He completed his graduate studies in 1992 with a Music Director Internship at L’ Orchestre de Paris under Semyon Bychkov and Pierre Boulez. Mr. Nachev has been honored with awards for Outstanding Musical Leadership by the City of Vatican in Rome, Foundation Napoleon in Paris, and the Bulgarian Ministry of the Culture. In addition, he received a Charter of Gratitude and Recognition from the Bulgarian Parliament.

Since 2012, Mr. Nachev has been a conductor with Shen Yun Performing Arts—an international touring company based in New York. Nachev has conducted many successful concerts of the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center, Chicago Symphony Center, Boston Symphony Hall, etc. In addition, he has conducted over 350 performances of the Shen Yun dance company in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

“The conductor was Milen Nachev and he is a star. His conducting style was charged with energy. Every motion was both dramatic and expressive."                                                                                                                                              American Citizen-Times, North Carolina