Malta International Music Festival



15 June - 13 July 2022


National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan

Adik Abdurakhmanov(Russia)

Andriana Yordanovasoprano(Malta/Bulgaria)

Mediterranean Conference Centre


The chief conductor of the South Ural philharmonic orchestra is Adik Abdurakhmanov. He is the Honourable Artist of the Russian Federation, a graduate of the St. Petersburg and Ural conservatories. His achievements are honoured with the commendations by V. Spivakov’s international charity foundation, New Names international charity foundation, Union of composers of Russian Federation. As a soloist and a conductor he toured throughout Russia, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Latvia, and Lithuania. He is the art director of the Chelyabinsk branch of the New Names interregional charity foundation, which supports gifted young musicians. He is a founder, art director and chief conductor of the children’s chamber orchestra "Young Klassika" the purpose of which is professional formation and development of young musicians. A. Abdurakhmanov is a professor and the head of the department of orchestra, string, wind and percussion instruments of Chelyabinsk state institute of culture. A lot of A. Abdurakhmanov’s pupils are laureates of all-Russia and international musical contests; some of them work in the leading orchestras of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Switzerland, the USA and Israel.



Andriana Yordanova is a Bulgarian soprano from Varna, who, since 2001 made Malta her second home.  In 1995 Yordanova made her debut as Musetta in Puccini’s La Boheme at Bourgas Opera Theatre followed in 1996 with Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and Sylva Varesku in Kalman’s Die Cardashfuerstin, both at Varna Opera House. She sung in different concerts in Bulgaria, Malta, Italy, Austria, Russian Federation, Germany, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Hungary and Egypt. She appeared at the Veliko Tarnovo Theatre, Bulgaria, as Lila in Karastoyanov’s operatta Българи от старо време (Bulgarians from the old time) (2001) and as Mimi in La Boheme at the Stara Zagora Opera House, Bulgaria (2002). She participated in editions of the Bank of Valletta Opera Festival at the Manoel Theatre, Malta, as Alisia in Donizzetti’s Lucia Di Lammermoore (2003), as Zemfira in Rachmaninov’s Aleko (2010), as Nedda in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci (2012) and as Vitellia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (2014). Other roles which she sung include Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen at Aurora Theatre, Gozo (2010), debut in Puccini’s Tosca at the State Opera Varna, Bulgaria (2011) and Violetta Valeri in Verdi’s La Traviata in Tjatru Pjazza Rjal, Malta (2014). She sung Gravina’s Stabat Mater at the Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale, Malta (2015) which was as well recorded the same year.

Yordanova sung at numerous concerts some held under the auspices of the H.E. The President of Malta and the Hon. Prime Minister of Malta. These include the operatic evening with Bulgarian operatic tenor Boiko Zsvetanov (2016), other charity concerts, in solo and with her students (2017) and the operatic event Night at the Palace (2020). Other concerts which she actively participated in include Viva Verdi (Manoel Theatre, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, 2013), Concert Portrait Dmitry Kabalevsky (White Hall, Moscow Conservatoire, 2015), Mahler’s Rueckert Lieder and 4th Symphony (Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, 2016), Evening of Opera (Mediterranean Conference Centre, Malta, 2017), Eight Cellos with Narek Hakhnazaryan (Malta Philarmonic Orchestra, 2018) and Torna a Sorrento (Philharmony Orchestra, Petrozavodsk, Russian Federation, 2018). In 2019, she performed, together with Prof. Rostislav Yovchev, works by Bulgarian and Maltese composers during the Festival Sofia Music weeks. Other concerts were presented at the House of Pancho Vladigerov in Sofia and at the Bulgarian Cultural Institute in Budapest.She worked with conductors like Ivan Vulpe, Kent Nagano, Ivo Venkov, Ivaylo Krinchev, Hristo Ignatov, Brian Schembri, Michael Laus, Damiano Binetti, Jean-Marc Burfin, Alexey Nyaga, Christopher Muscat, Colin Attard, Franchesco Falci, Alexey Galea Cavallazzi, Ivan Filev, Sunay Muratov, Stefan Ushev, Krastin Nastev, Georgi Dimitrov, Wayne Marshall among others.

Yordanova graduated with a Masters in Vocal Pedagogy and opera singing (2013) in the class of Prof. Ilka Popova and a Ph.D. in Musicology and Music Art (2016) from the National Academy of Music ‘Pancho Vladigerov’, Sofia, after graduating with a Masters in Russian Philology at Sofia ‘St Kliment Ohridski’ University (1992). She won scholarships from Kraft Jacobs Suchard, Accademia di Cultura Boris Christoff in Rome, Italy and European Opera Centre Thrust in Manchester, UK where she worked with Gianella Borelli, Renata Scotto, Mro Kent Nagano, Kostas Paskalis, Prof. Marta Lantieri etc.

In 2019, she was nominated for the Crystal Lyre Award in Bulgaria. At present she is a full-time voice teacher at Malta School of Music, part-time teacher at Masquerade Theatre Arts School, director of Opera Studio Atelier Lyrique as well as a judge at International Singing Competitions. 

National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan

The orchestra was founded in 1937. The first conductor of the orchestra was N. Gorchakov. In 1948, A. Kozlovsky took his place. In 1956-1963, the orchestra was directed by a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory Narimon Alimov, from 1963 to 1997 - People's Artist of Uzbekistan Zakhid Khaknazarov. The main task of the orchestra is to perform symphonic works by Uzbek composers. At the same time, the collective's repertoire also includes works by composers from other countries. It should be noted the special contribution of Alexey Kozlovsky, Mardon Nasimov, Nabi Khalilov, Kuvonch Usmonov and Zokhid Khaknazarov to the formation and creative activity of the orchestra.

In 1967 the orchestra toured in the republics of the former Soviet Union, in 1968 it won the competition for symphony orchestras of the Union republics.

In 1986, the National Symphony Orchestra was awarded the title of "Honored collective of the Republic of Uzbekistan".

In 1998, People's Artist of Uzbekistan Ismoil Jalilov was appointed artistic director of the orchestra, and composer Anvar Ergashev was appointed principal conductor.

In November 1998 the National Symphony Orchestra performed a concert dedicated to the 100th anniversary of George Gershwin, in which US soloists D. Washington (baritone) and D. Fergunes (piano) took part. The concerts organized by the US Embassy in Uzbekistan have become an important event in the cultural life of Uzbekistan.

The collective collaborated with musical ensembles from UK, USA, France, Thailand.

The National Symphony Orchestra has 101 employees, 89 of them are musicians. Artistic director of the orchestra is People's Artist of Uzbekistan Ismoil Jalilov, conductor - Alibek Kabdurakhmanov (since 2018).


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