Year 2021

In 2021, the director of Academia Roza will be the famous conductor Maxim Eshkenazi. Described as a rising star among the modern generation of young conductors, Maxim Eshkenazi is also described as an energetic and intelligent musician who conducts with full confidence and energy. Since July 2008, Maxim Eshkenazi has been the second conductor of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in the United States. His previous engagements as a conductor include that of the Bakersfield Youth Orchestra Music Director and the assistant conductor of the Colburn School Orchestra in Los Angeles. His remarkable performances in recent years have been concerts with the American violinist Midori, the world-famous violinist Joshua Bell, the creation of the festival and the educational program "Fortissimo" and others.
The participants in Academia Roza will be selected through a competition, after submitting their choice of musical performance by email:, composition of 8-10 minutes with piano accompaniment, the recording should not be processed, cut or digitally adjusted.
The competition is open to students from 8th to 12th grade (year of birth from 2002 to 2007) inclusive, from music schools in Bulgaria. In 2021, Academia Roza will accept participants in the specialties with the following musical instruments: oboe, clarinet, bassoon, bass, French horn, cello.
We expect to receive the videos by July 1, 2021 at:
The evaluation will be carried out by a jury and the selected candidates will be announced on the website on July 15, 2021.
Each year during the academy, participants will study a masterpieces to perform together in front of an audience. In 2021, this will be "Summer Serenade" - Antonín Dvořák op.44. and Mozart Serenade n 10 “Gran Partita” k 361.
The participants in the Academy, who show the greatest progress, will have the opportunity to perform a solo work in front of an audience. This will be determined by the musician, director of the Academy in the respective year.

Plamen's wish is to turn this event into an annual stage for young people who have dedicated their talent to classical music. The attractive energy of the town of Shipka and the magnetic summer atmosphere under the open sky are wonderful sets for a stage from which the talented musicians will be able to touch the hearts of all lovers of classical music.

Желанието на Пламен е да превърне това събитие в ежегодна сцена за изява на млади хора, посветили таланта си на класическата музика. Притегателната енергия на град Шипка и магнетичната лятна атмосфера под открито небе са прекрасни декори за сцена, от която талантливите музиканти ще могат да докоснат сърцата на всички любители на класическата музика.

Plamen Nikolov is born in Varna, April 21st 1971. He graduated from the German Language High School in the sea town. From 1992 to 2006 he studied economics, lived and worked in Vienna, Austria. During his students’ years in the European capital his passion for the classical music became stronger. Plamen believes that in Bulgaria there are many talented young people, who are eager for new opportunities and live performances. His dream is to revive the philanthropy and this is one of the reasons to establish Academia Roza in Shipka where his work brought him as a general manager of the newly build rose distillery in the region – Terra Roza.
On August 15th 2020, Plamen made a special gift for the town’s day celebration – a classical music concert with the singers and musician form Varna opera. The reverberation from the event continues to this day. The local people were so grateful and inspired by this concert that their gratitude led Plamen to invest his effort and time to make Shipka an annual stage for performances of young musicians and give the chance to the local people from the small towns to enjoy the beauty of the classical music in live.

Пламен Николов е роден в град Варна на 21 Април 1971 година.
Завършва Немската гимназия в морския град. От 1992 до 2006 учи икономика, живее и работи във Виена, Австрия. През студентските години прекарани в европейската столица се затвърждава и нестихващата му страст към класическата музика. Пламен вярва, че в България има много талантливи млади хора, които жадуват за възможности и музикални сценични изяви. Мечтата му е да възроди меценатството и затова решава да основе Академия Роза, в град Шипка, където го довежда работата му като генерален директор на розоварната в района - Тера Роза.
На 15 август 2020 година, Пламен прави подарък за празника на града, а именно класически концерт под открито небе с участието на музиканти и певци от Варненската опера. Реверберацията от събитието продължава и до днес. Местните жители са толкова въодушевени и трогнати, че тяхната признателност кара Пламен да се замисли и насочи усилията си върху това, град Шипка да стане ежегодна сцена за изява на класически музиканти от България и да даде възможност на жителите в малките населени места да се докоснат до красотата на класическата музика на живо.