Portuguese Orchestra Cascais Oeiras
Cascais Symphony Orchestra
Cascais Music Conservatory
Diploma of Cultural Merit - Ministry of Forin Affairs - Bulgaria
Medal of Cultural Merit - Oeiras - Portugal
Academic Corespondent of Academy of Music in Valencia - Spain
Professional of the Year by the Rotary Club – Portugal (2009)
The Golden Baton from the Cascais Towncouncil ( 2013)
With extensive activity as a conductor, violinist and teacher, Nikolay Lalov has accumulated a wealth of experience. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, N.Lalov began studying the violin at the age of six. He completed his studies at the National Music School "L. Pipkov ", which he left with a gold medal for the very high results during his studies. He later graduated from the National Academy of Bulgaria as a violinist and later completed a course in conducting.
During this time he worked with one of the most prominent Bulgarian violinists of all time, a student of the legendary David Oeistrach, Prof. Stoilka Milanova (a winner of the Queen Elizabeth Competition). N.Lalov participated in several master classes with musicians such as Janos Starker (chamber music), Ifra Nyman (violin) and Dimo Dimov (Bulgarian Quartet), amongst others. As a conductor he studied with the great pedagogue and conductor Lilia Giuleva. Demonstrating notable teaching qualities, he became the youngest violin teacher at the most prestigious music school in Bulgaria, "L. Pipkov". Thus from the very beginning of his artistic career he showed versatility: as a solo violinist, conductor and teacher.
N.Lalov’s organizational skills and enthusiasm have enabled him to create a number of orchestras and ensembles in Bulgaria and Portugal, where he moved with his family in 1989, at the age of 29. The Orchestra of Music Teachers (1987-88) in Sofia, the Ensemble Concertino (1992), the Youth Orchestra of the City of Évora (1992) and finally the Chamber Orchestra of Cascais and Oeiras (1996) are the products of his effort to create a cultural infrastructure in both countries. He participated in the creation of the first professional school of music in Portugal, and with the Cascais Chamber Orchestra performed at the General Assembly of European Festivals (Estoril 1998). He also represented Portugal at EXPO 2000 - Hannover with the Youth Orchestra of the City of Évora. The Chamber Orchestra of Cascais and Oeiras, under his direction soon became a project of great cultural impact. Concerts in Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Bulgaria and participation in national and international festivals, are proof of the high standard of the orchestra.In 2015 Lalov was invited as a guest conductor of the American National Festival in Chestertown (USA)
N.Lalov is a true ambassador of music and culture, and the musical exchange between different European cultures occupies a prominent place in his work. The desire to present unknown works and composers and to promote a cultural dialogue between countries has led him to bring new works to Portugal and to introduce music from Bulgaria and Portugal across the globe. He organized the first Cultural Week of Portugal in Sofia in 1994, promoting visits by artists from both countries and exchanges between schools of music in Sofia and Évora (Portugal). As a violinist, N.Lalov has recorded for the Bulgarian National Radio and the Portuguese National Radio. He has played in many European countries and has conducted orchestras such as the New Portuguese Philharmonic Orchestra, The Portuguese Regional Orchestra of Algrave, the Bulgarian National Academy Orchestra, the Roma Symphony Orchestra, San Remo Philharmony, the Greek State Orchestra of Salonika , the Regional Orchestra of Bari, the National Orchestra of Monterrey ( Mexico), the Nacional Orchestra of Brazil, The National Orchestra of Kharkov (Ukraine), Wuhan Philharmony Orchestra (China), Voivodina Symphony Orchestra (Serbia), Opole Symphony Orchestra (Poland),Volgtland Symphony Orchestra (Germany), he London Chamber Orchestra, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra (USA), the Ensemble of Contemporary Music (Germany), the Chamber Orchestra of Florence among others.
N.Lalov continues to work with young musicians and is regularly invited to conduct master classes of chamber music and violin. He is a great supporter of young artists at the beginning of their artistic career and his students have included winners of prestigious competitions. He is a jury member of national competitions in Portugal and Bulgaria and the author, together with his wife, of the first children's opera composed in Portugal, "Magic Dream".
N.Lalov has been awarded the Medal of Cultural Merit (Oeiras 2003 Portugal) and the Diploma of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria (2003 and 2018). In 2004 he was awarded the Academic title of the Academy of Music in Valencia ( Spain). In 2009 he was awarded the title “ Professional of the Year” by the Rotary Club – Portugal. In 2012 the Orchestra Cascais and Oeiras created by Lalov was awarded the Medal of Cultural Merit by the Cascais Town Council.In 2013 Lalov received " A Golden Baton" for his contribution for the art in Cascais given by the Mayer of the city.
Com uma extensa actividade artística como maestro, violinista e pedagogo, Nikolay Lalov destaca-se pela sua larga experiência em todas as áreas onde actualmente actua.
Nascido em Sófia, na Bulgária, N. Lalov iniciou os seus estudos de violino com seis anos de idade. Terminou a Escola de Música Nacional “L. Pipkov” com medalha de ouro, atribuída pelos altíssimos resultados obtidos durante os estudos. Diplomou-se na Academia Nacional da Bulgária como violinista e, mais tarde, completou o curso de direcção da orquestra na mesma instituição. Foi o mais jovem professor de violino a trabalhar na prestigiada escola de música da Bulgária: Escola Nacional “L. Pipkov”.
A sua capacidade de organização e o seu entusiasmo permitiram-lhe criar várias orquestras e conjuntos, na Bulgária e em Portugal, onde veio residir a partir de 1989, com 29 anos de idade. A Orquestra dos Professores de Música (1987-88) em Sófia, Ensemble Concertino (1992), a Orquestra Juvenil da Cidade de Évora (1992) e, finalmente, a Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras (1996) são os produtos deste seu esforço em criar de estruturas culturais nos dois países.
N. Lalov é um verdadeiro “embaixador da música e da cultura”. Um lugar de destaque na sua actividade ocupa o intercâmbio entre várias culturas europeias.
N. Lalov tem gravado para a Rádio Nacional Búlgara e a Rádio Difusão Portuguesa. Tocou e dirigiu em vários países, tais como Bulgária, Rússia, Grécia, Inglaterra, Espanha, Itália, Bélgica, Holanda, Alemanha, República Checa, Mexico e USA
Dirigiu orquestras como Nova Filarmonia Portuguesa, Orquestra Regional do Algarve, Orquestra Nacional Búlgara, Orchestra Sinfónica di Roma, Orquestra Nacional de Hungria, Orquestra Nacional de Ucrânia, Orquestra Nacional de Brazil, Orquestra Nacional de Monterrey ( Mexico), London Chamber Orquestra, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra (USA), Orquestra Nacional de Salónica ( Grécia), ), Orquestra de Câmara de Florença, Orquestra Sinfónica de Grosseto,, Orquestra de Napoli, Euro Orchestra e Orquestra Nacional di Bari, Orquestra Sinfónica de Lecco ( Itália,) entre outros.
Actualmente é Director Artístico e Maestro Titular da Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras. Lalov é autor, junto com a sua esposa, da primeira ópera infantil composta em Portugal, “Um Sonho Mágico”, Lalov e atento promotor de todos os jovens artistas no início da sua carreira artística é o principal responsável pela criação do Primeiro Conservatório de Música de Cascais em 2008.
N. Lalov recebeu o apreço de várias entidades nacionais dos dois países, tendo sido agraciado com a Medalha de Mérito Cultural (Oeiras 2003),o Diploma do Ministério de Negócios Estrangeiros da Bulgária (2003). Em 2004, foi-lhe atribuído o titulo Académico Correspondente da Academia de Música de Valência (Espanha). Em 2009 foi considerado “Profissional do Ano” pelo Rotary Club Cascais-Portugal.
Em 2012 a Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras criada pelo Lalov foi distinguida com a Medalha de Mérito Cultural do Município de Cascais.