The 2015 Malko Competition is in full swing at DR Koncerthuset and on Wednesday it moved a step
closer to selecting the world-class conductor of the future.
On Tuesday the field was reduced from two dozen conductors to twelve young hopefuls, and one of the lucky few who is still in with a chance in the grueling contest is thirty-one-year-old Stilian Kirov
from Bulgaria. During both his appearances on the platform he has delivered a tour de force with the baton, something that a symphony orchestra like that at Koncerthuset really appreciates.
Something very special
Teresa Krahnert is the leader of the second violins in the DNSO, the orchestra the young conductors are working with at the Malko Competition, and she is full of praise for Stilian Kirov's conducting talents.
- Stilian is something very special, because he is sound from top to toe. He can move the sound around, and he conduct and controls the sound without forcing it down on top of us. He works with what we give him in a way that means the performance is not about him, but about the sound. And you can tell he relishes it! Teresa Krahnert says
Kirov himself is rather more humble about his achievements:
- My aim isn't to show the orchestra that I relish the sound! My aim is for us to generate emotion and excitement together, he says.