Dobrinka Tabakova

Artist in Residence


Dobrinka Tabakova is a composer of ‘exciting, deeply moving’ music (Washington Times), with ‘glowing tonal harmonies and grand, sweeping gestures [which] convey a huge emotional depth’ (The Strad). She has been commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society, BBC Radio 3 and the European Broadcasting Union. Her debut profile album String Paths, on ECM Records, was praised internationally and nominated for a Grammy in 2014. In 2017 she was appointed composer-in-residence with the BBC Concert Orchestra (BBCCO). Her Timber & Steel was premiered by BBCCO at the 2019 Proms, in a special concert celebrating Sir Henry Wood’s 150th anniversary. Her Concerto for Violin, Strings and percussion- The Patience of Trees was premiered at the Manchester Festival in 2021. A new album of works is scheduled to be released on ECM Records in the coming year.

“I’m thrilled to be working with The Hallé on so many and varied programmes. Being featured as Artist in Residence allows for a deeper connection both with the musicians and with the audience. I’ve already had a great experience with Manchester audiences over the past year, so to be able to build on this is wonderful. I’m excited to be part of the opening concert with my Concerto for Cello and to work with Assistant Conductor and compatriot Delyana Lazarova, together with Guy Johnston. I’m also really looking forward to creating a new work for the Hallé Youth Orchestra and spending more time in Manchester!”


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