Permanent conductor and music director
Music director and permanent conductor of Daegu Symphony Orchestra, Julian Kovatchev has performed as a conductor of orchestras and operas in Italy, the USA, Germany, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain and Korea. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, he learned to play the violin when young, and studied with Franz Zamora Hill at The Mozarteum University in Salzburg, receiving his diploma to music in 1973. After graduation, he received a scholarship from the Herbert von Karajan Foundation, and studied under Herbert Ahlendorf and Herbert von Karajan. Kovatchev also studied conducting and received the Herbert von Karajan Conductors Award in 1984.
Kovatchev’s excellent ability to conduct operas brought him to Teatro alla Scala, San Carlo Theater, Rome Opera House, Semperoper Dresden, and the Seattle Opera. He has also been invited to a variety of music festivals to conduct: the Arena di Verona Opera Festival, the Ravenna Festival, and the Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona. Among his favorite operas are "Aida," “Un ballo in maschera,” "Cavalleria Rusticana," "Carmen," "Falstaff," "La forza del destino," "La bohème," "La Traviata," "Madama Butterfly," "Nabucco," "Otello," "Rigoletto," "Romeo and Juliet," "Tosca," and "Il Trovatore."
He has also served as conductor for Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Rome Symphony Orchestra, Cologne Radio Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Korean National Opera, Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, Ulsan Philharmonic Orchestra, Changwon Philharmonic Orchestra, Pohang Philharmonic Orchestra, and Daegu International Opera Orchestra. Kovatchev has also recorded and released 10 albums of symphonies by Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Dvorak, piano concertos by Chopin, violin concerto by Tchaikovsky, and Stabat Mater by Dvorak.In April 2014, he was appointed music director and permanent conductor of Daegu Symphony Orchestra. With his gentle charisma and extraordinary leadership and insight, Kovatchev has inspired a classical music reawakening, selling out the 1,200-seat Grand Hall of Daegu Concert House.