Bringing people together
through collaborative
music projects.

The Ardenza Foundation is an award-winning cultural organization led by seasoned musicians with a passion for bringing people together through collaborative music projects.

VIVAPIANO

The eleventh edition of Vivapiano

We are excited to announce that the 11th VIVAPIANO Competition is going to take place on 09-10. April 2022! There are no obligatory composers this year.

Our Work

Projects

Our projects center on aspects of music pedagogy and/or performance. They involve collaboration among musicians of different styles and generations, often bringing together artists who have never worked together before. They present important chamber music works and support the creation and performance of new music in both traditional and non-standard settings.

VIVAPIANO Competition

VIVAPIANO is an international competition for Non-professional Pianists is for amateur pianists of all ages and nationalities.

VIVAKORDEON Competition

VIVAKORDEON is an international competition for accordionists non-professionals and accordionists with professional orientation until the age of 19.

VIVAVOCE Competition

VIVAVOCE is an international competition for non-professional vocalists, with no age limits.

AMBUL Festival

The AmBul Festival of American and Bulgarian Music is an established forum for the presentation of new and neglected works by American and Bulgarian composers.

ARTdenza

ARTdenza is a concert series inspired by paintings by Bulgarian artists in the National Museum of Bulgarian Visual Arts.

MUSICAL HEROES

A documentary project remembering some of the distinguished musicians who have had a major impact on the way we experience and perform chamber music.

RILA MUSIC EXCHANGE

Rila Music Exchange is a joint project of the Ardenza Foundation and the Rila Municipality.

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Enjoy the XI edition of the Vivapiano Piano Competition

Enjoy the XI edition of the Vivapiano Piano Competition

On April 9 and 10, 2022, the Ardennes Foundation invites you to enjoy the XI edition of the Vivapiano Piano Competition. In the concert halls of NMU L. Pipkov in Sofia on the magnificent piano Steinway you can hear 100 participants of the competition. The Gala Concert...

Competition for writing a piano trio

Competition for writing a piano trio

For the 100th anniversary of the composer Lazar Nikolov Ardenza Foundation with the financial support of NFC announces a competition for writing a piano trio up to 10 min. long, inspired by "Intermezzo per tre". We expect new works until August 1 at...

Enjoy the XI edition of the Vivapiano Piano Competition

Eleventh International Competition for Pianists Vivapiano 2022

On April 9 and 10, 2022, the Ardenza Foundation invites you to enjoy the XI edition of the Vivapiano Piano Competition. In the concert halls of NMU "L. Pipkov ”in Sofia at the magnificent piano“ Steinway ”you can present your first learned piano pieces, perform a duet...

Project

Ardenza Musical Heroes

A documentary project remembering some of the distinguished musicians who have had a major impact on the way we experience and perform chamber music

Violinist

Rostislav Dubinsky

“Music never comes by itself. It has to be invited by painstaking daily work. Then, maybe, one day it will favor you.” Thus wrote Borodin Quartet founding first violinist Rostislav Dubinsky, who worked closely with Dmitri Shostakovich on the composer’s first 13 string quartets before leaving the Soviet Union in 1976.

Cellist

Alwin Schroeder
First cellist of the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Boston Symphony Orchestras, Alwin Schroeder was also the cellist of the Kneisel Quartet. One of the earliest and most outstanding professional chamber ensembles in the United States.

Pianist

Anton
Dikov
A laureate of the 1956 Liszt and 1962 Marguerite Long international piano competitions of Budapest and Paris, Anton Dikov was one of the leading Bulgarian concert pianists of the twentieth century.

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