The Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra has contributed markedly to shaping the music history and cultural life of its country. The first Bulgarian radio orchestra was founded in 1935 by Dimitar Nenov. who was a leading pianist. composer and architect and became Music Editor or the state Radio Sofia (later to become the Bulgarian National Radio). In its present form, the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1948. The orchesta has championed the commissioning, premiering, recording and broadcasting of new works by several generations of Bulgarian composers. Regular Friday concerts featuring a broad spectrum of music are central events in the cultural life of the Bulgarian capital and broadcast nationwide. Internationally renown soloists appearing with the
orchestra included leonid Kogan, Alexis Weissenberg, Renata Scotto, Vesselina Kasarova, Monserat Caballé, Krasslmlra Stoyanova, Stolka Mllanova. Jean-Pierre Rampal, Patrick Gallo is, Mincho Minchev, lvri Gitlys, Sarah Chang, Simon Trp eski, Ludmil Angelov, lvo Varbanov, Tim Hugh and Svetlin Roussev amongst many. Principal conductors since 1948 were Vassil Stefanov, Alexander Vladigerov, Vassil Kazand iev, Milen Nachev, Rossen Milanov, Emil Tabakov and Rossen Gergov, and amongst the guest conductors were Kiri II Kondrashin, Genady Rozhdestvensky, Patrick Thomas and Pierre Colombo.
The orchestra has produced a wide recording catalogue. featured internationally on labels such as: Harmonia Mundl, Virgin EMI Records, BMG Ariola, Pyramid Records, SoundProducts Holland and Toccata Classics. The orchestra has performed in Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, Greece and South Korea.