Since many years conductor Philip A. Draganov has directed various symphony and chamber orchestras, both professional, as well as university and youth orchestras. He has worked with the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic, members of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, and has also conducted the YOUTH CLASSICS Orchestra on numerous occasions at events such as "Art on Ice" in the Zurich Hallenstadion. He has also been invited to festivals such as the Seongnam Music Festival in South Korea.
Draganov has a regular collaboration with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Zurich University of the Arts' (ZHdK) PreCollege Orchestra. He has also performed with soloists such as Khatia Buniatishvili and Oliver Schnyder.
The education of young talented musicians is particularly important to Philip A. Draganov. Since 2007 he has been artistic director and conductor of the Chamber Orchestra MKZ (ex "Konsi Strings Zürich"). Both audiences and the press have praised the orchestra and young musicians on their joy of music making, their high technical and musical abilities and their homogenous ability. The chamber orchestra is made up of young talented and ambitious musicians. Konsi Strings Zürich was founded as a pure string orchestra. Today, as Chamber Orchestra MKZ, it also performs with wind instruments and percussion. The main repertoire focus are works from the Viennese Classicism (Haydn, Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven, etc.), but also the masters of baroque as well as the romantic and modern periods are often considered in concert programs.
The orchestra regularly performs among others, in the Zurich Tonhalle. At the Christmas concerts of the Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich, at annual concerts for Swiss Post or at the 'COMICRO-NETSYS' Classic Nights. The orchestra is also to be heard at the 'Wallisellen Music Festival', the 'Limmattaler Classic Openair', the 'Leimbach Concerts', and in the course of its own six-day recurring concert series at the Zurich Conservatory. The orchestra was also entrusted with the Swiss premiere of 'Ultimo Volo', an opera by the Italian songwriter Pippo Pollina in the 'Kaufleuten Zürich'. In the mediation of classical music for a young audience, the orchestra plays an important role in moderated student concerts. In addition to the concerts in Switzerland, the orchestra can also be heard at guest performances abroad. Among the highlights were concerts in the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg and the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.
Since 2013, Philip A. Draganov has been involved with the Childhood Cancer Research Foundation Switzerland. To support this foundation, Draganov conducts an annual charity concert in the Tonhalle Zurich.
Philip A. Draganov has completed his conducting degree with the "Certificate of Advanced Studies in Orchestral Conducting" at the Zurich University of the Arts.
May 2016: Concert for the Swiss Childhood Cancer Research Foundation at Tonhalle Zürich © Marco Blessano
August 2015: Seongnam Music Festival, Korea