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Vocal Ensemble "Fortissimo"

Champions Competitie - 3 - Gemengde Vocale Ensembles & Kamerkoren - 13 - Folklore A Cappella

Land: Bulgarije
Dirigent: Milena Dobreva

Bio

Vocal ensemble “Fortissimo” was created in 2014. Currently it includes selected students from different schools from the whole city of Bourgas.

Straight away with their first performances they began to gain the public's love with their distinct vision and homogeneous and expressive sound. Polyphonic sound of arrangements of Bulgarian folk songs, pop and rock music inspired the ensemble to participate in the TV format "Game of the Choirs”. The next few months brought the deserved first prize, which was followed by the participation in the festival “On Stage” 2016 in Prague. In 2017 they took part in the prestigious XXXVIIIth International May Choir Competition ,,Prof. Georgi Dimitrov''. There they won Ist prize in the category '' Chamber choirs '' and the special award of the Bulgarian Choral Union for most attractive participation. In July they participated in the European Choir Games and Grand Prix of Nations in Riga, Latvia 2017. After a highly contested battle with choirs from all over the world they earned the gold medal and the title of winners in the category “Chamber choirs & Vocal Ensembles” along with the big Award Grand Prix of Nations in the same category. Also VE "Fortissimo" took part in the national contest for new original songs “Bourgas and the sea" and received the prize of the jury and the big award of the audience near the end of July 2017.

Throughout the course of 2018 Vocal Ensemble "Fortissimo" participated in the World Choir Games in South Africa where they won two gold medals and the champion's title in the "Vocal Ensembles" category. In 2019 they won again two gold medals during the European Choir Games and Grand Prix of Nations in Gothenburg, Sweden.

They have also had multiple successful concerts in cities such as Shrewsbury – England and Antwerp – Belgium as well as many towns in Bulgaria. In 2018 they won the prestigious award “Ensemble of the year” of the National Radio of Bulgaria.

The repertoire of Vocal Ensemble "Fortissimo" includes original arrangements of different style and genre works - classical music, folklore, Bulgarian and international pop and rock music.

Conductor and founder of the ensemble is Milena Dobreva.

Repertoire

  • Folklore Medley - Begala Rada & Kalugerin - Trad. Bulgaria, arr. Ivan Spasov, Nikolai Stoikov

  • Crucificus - Antonio Lotti

  • Bohemian Rhapsody - Freddie Mercury, arr. Milena Dobreva

  • Nazad, nazad, mome Kalino - Trad. Bulgaria, arr. Peter Aleksiev

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