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Maestro Mischa Damev


Permanent Guest Conductor Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Permanent Guest Conductor Mariinsky Theatre, Artistic Director Migros- Classics

Multi-talented Mischa Damev is of Franco-Bulgarian descent, and was born in 1963 in Sofia. He received his first music lessons from his grandfather Michael Lefterov, a famous Bulgarian conductor. When he was ten his family moved to Switzerland. In 1986 he completed his piano studies at the Musikhochschule in Basel with a soloist diploma and then studied with Alexis Weissenberg in Paris and Nikita Magaloff in Geneva.

From 1990 to 1999 he was artistic director of the Orpheum International Festival for Young Soloists in Zurich. Between 1992 and 2007 he led the Swiss Lilienberg recital series and the Lilienberg Foundation Art & Culture Division. In 2000 he was appointed Trustee of the London International Master Prize Competition for Contemporary Symphonic Music

On the advice of his mentor, Mariss Jansons, in 1991 he switched from his career as a concert pianist to study conducting intensively in Vienna with the legedary Prof. Karl Österreicher. After his successful debut with the Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio and the Opera House in Sofia he spent several years working as assistant to Georges Prêtre and Vladimir Fedosseyev. Mischa Damev has conducted orchestras such as the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (Guest Conductor), Orchestra di San Carlo di Napoli, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Orchestra della Fondazione Arturo Toscanini, I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Lucerne Symphony Orch, the Russian National Orch. Beijing Symphony Orch., the Slovenian Philharmonic Ljubljana, the Noord Nederlands Orkest, the Slovak Philharmonic Bratislava, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra (Principal Guest Conductor), Bulgarian National Orchestra, the Tonkünstler Orchestra Vienna, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia Roma, Sinfonica Siciliana Palermo, Orchestra del Teatro della Fenice, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Latvian National Orchestra, and the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Prague Philharmonia, Scala di Milano etc.

Mischa Damev has recorded with Decca, as well as participating in numerous radio and television productions for Swiss television and Bulgarian and Russian radio and today is a successful record producer (Musiques Suisses). In the 2004/2005 season he shared the podium with Georges Prêtre in the production of Carmen at Santa Cecilia in Rome and Pelleas and Melisande at La Scala di Milano. Since 2006 Mischa Damev and composer Jon Lord (of the rock group Deep Purple) have enjoyed a close cooperation on many European stages. In 2006 Damev became the CEO of Lilienberg’s Enterprise Forum, and the following year he was appointed Head of Music of the Directorate of Cultural and Social Affairs of Migros Cooperative Federation in Zurich, where he arranges tours of a wide variety of internationally renowned orchestras, ensembles and soloists throughout Switzerland while actively maintaining his successful conducting career.