Off The Beaten Path


3 August 2023 – Bishopric of Nevrokop, Gotse Delchev

4-6 August 2023 – Svetlina Community Center, Kovachevitsa

9 August 2023 – Bishop’s Basilica of Philippopolis, Plovdiv

The 2023 edition of the Off the Beaten Path chamber music festival will present the world premiere of a new chamber work for piano quintet by Dobrinka Tabakova, a special commission for the festival's fifth anniversary.

You will also hear chamber music masterpieces by Brahms, Schoenberg and Dohnányi, as well as less frequently performed works for diverse ensembles and singers by Bernstein, Bacewicz and Montgomery. World-renowned musicians Randall Scarlata, baritone (USA) and Max Bailey, viola (UK) will be visiting Bulgaria for the first time. Joining our core team of musicians will also be Dora Dimitrova, violin (USA/Bulgaria) and Vyara Shuperlieva, piano (Bulgaria/Austria).

This year we are expanding The Path is Yours program. We will welcome three young Bulgarian composers – Lora Al Ahmad, Svetlin Hristov, and Petar Kerkelov – who will write new chamber music works for the musicians of the festival. We are also continuing our Singing Hearts educational program for children in the region.


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Learn more about our residency for young composers as well our educational programs for children in the region.

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Listen to recordings of our concerts and watch interviews and behind-the-scenes stories.

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In 2017, Lora Tchekoratova travelled to Kovachevitsa in the Rhodope Mountains and fell in love with it. With colleagues and friends, she decided to create an international chamber music festival in the village. The initiative has grown to involve new followers and supporters, and the journey on the unbeaten path continues. Learn more about us.

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