Maestro Dian Tchobanov is General Music Director of State Opera Plovdiv since season 2013 /2014


He earned his master´s degree at the State Musical Academy (Sofia) and at theUniversity of Performing Arts and Music in Vienna in the class of Prof. Uroš Lajović. The personality of the conductor has been influenced by Sir Colin Davies (Dresden), Dresden and Fabio Luisi (Vienna) and Ivan Fisher (Budapest). 

In 2021 he was awarded the scientific title of "Doctor" in the field of art.


Mo. Tchobanov has been awarded with Second and the Special award of "Lovro von

Matačić", International Conductors Competition Zagreb in 2003. 

Special Prize of Austro-Hungarian conductors competition in Budapest 1998

Dian Tchobanov becomes Prize “Plovdiv” 2014 – the most prestigious prize in the field of arts in his home city.

Professional career:

Since 2009 Maestro Tchobanov is a resident conductor of the Croatia National Opera in Zagreb.

He was as well a Chief conductor of the Croatia Chamber Orchestra (2012 - 2014);

Resident conductor of Vienna Schloss Schönbrunn Orchestra (2004 - 2012).

Dian Tchobanov has been First conductor of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra (2004 – 2010)

and a Chief conductor of State Opera Stara Zagora (2007 – 2012).

From the season 2020/21 Mo. Tchobanov is a permanent guest conductor in the Serbian National Theatre in Belgrade and Novi Sad. 

He has conducted:

Neue Philharmonie Hamburg (in the Berliner Philharmonic Hall); Radio Symphony Orchestra -Vienna; Orchestra of “Arena di Verona”; Radio Symphony Orchestra -Praha, Budapest Festival Orchestra; Dohnanyi Orchestra Budapest; 

Concert Orchestra Budapest; Philharmonie Baden-Baden; 

Schönbrunner Chamber Orchestra, Vienna; RSO-Sofia, National Opera and Ballet, Sofia; 

RTS – Belgrade; National Theatre Belgrade; National theatre Novi Sad; 

Ensemble “Cantus”, Zagreb; B-A-C-H Chamber Orchestra Yekaterinburg, Russia; 

„Oltenia“ Philharmonic, Craiova, Rumania; Brasov Philharmonic, Rumania; 

Macedonian opera and ballet, Skopje; Macedonian Philharmonic, Skopje; 

Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria; Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese; 

Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Palermo; Orchestra Metropolitana Bari; 

Astana Opera, Kazakhstan; Albanian National Opera, Tirana; Symphony Orchestra Curitiba, Brazil and many other.


Maestro Tchobanov has conducted at several famous music festivals:

“Wiener Klangbogen” Vienna, Austria, 1999

“Oper Oder-Spree” Neuzelle, Germany, 2000

“Austrian music weeks" Bulgaria, 2005- 2010

“Varna Summer” Bulgaria 2006, 2007

“Songs of life” Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel 2009

“March Music Days” Rousse, Bulgaria, 2015

“Rijeka summer nights” Croatia 

“Music Biennale” Zagreb, Croatia

“Weinklang” - Burgenland, Austria

“Opera and ballet arts” Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

“Opera Open” Plovdiv, Bulgaria 2014 - 2020

“IV and V international festival of Chamber music” Yekaterinburg, Russia 2016, 2018

“Palermo Classica” 7th international music festival 2017

“Opatija Tribune" - Croatia 2017

“Mythos” Taormina 2018

“Zagerb classic festival” Zagreb - soloist José Cura 2018

“Festival di Mezza estate” Tagliacozzo, Italy 2018, 2019, 2020

“May Opera Evenings” Skopje 2018, 2019

“BELEF” Belgrade – opera gala with Placido Domingo 2021

“Silvester Festival” in the National Cultral Palast Sofia 2022


He was a member in the jury of International conductors competitions: 

-       6th "Lovro von Matačić" International Conductors Competition, Zagreb 2015; 

-       2nd "Antal Dorati" International Conductors Competition, Budapest 2018; 

-       1st “Almaty International Conductors Competition" Kazakhstan 2019:

-       1st   “Lake Como” International Conductors Competition, Belanno Italy 2021

-       5th “Nino Rota” International Conductors Competition, Matera Italy 2022