Curriculum Vitae

  • GMD of the THEATER NORDHAUSEN       



  • Conductor in Residence of the  Baden-Baden Philharmonic

  • Principal Guest Conductor of the Opera Varna


- Oper Limoges - "Pagliacci"

- Theater Nordhausen - "Roméo et Juliette"

- Oper Varna - "Don Carlo"


- Theater Nordhausen  "Don Giovanni", "Le Nozze di Figaro"

- Oper Limoges               "Faust", "Peer Gynt"

- Oper Varna    "Tosca", "The cunning little vixen"

- Asia Tour with Diana Damrau, Nicolas Testé



- Theater Winterthur  "Dornröschen"

- Oper Varna                 "Pique Dame", "Otello"

- Oper Plovdiv               "Die Onkel"


- Oper Zürich          "Leonce und Lena"

- Oper Limoges       "Rusalka"

- Oper Plovdiv        "Il barbiere di Siviglia"

- Oper Varna           "Les contes d'Hoffmann"


- Wiener Staatsoper           "Don Pasquale"

- Mikhailovsky Theater     "Un ballo in maschera"

- Oper Plovdiv                     "Falstaff"

- Tour mit Diana Damrau und Nicolas Testé


- Oper Zürich          "Les pecheurs de perles"

- Oper Zürich          "Nijinski"

- Oper Limoges      "Die tote Stadt"

- RSO Sofia             "Eugene Onegin"


- Wiener Staatsoper           "L'elisir d'amore"

- Oper Zürich                       "L'Heure espagnole"

"L' Enfant et les sortileges"

- Oper Zürich                       "Schwanensee"

Kurhaus Baden Baden

Philharmonie Baden Baden

Opéra de Limoges

Theater Nordhausen



  • International classical Music Award                   2012


  • Deutscher Schallplattenkritikpreis 2012/2014/2017


  • Wahl zum Bulgarischen Dirigent des Jahres      2012



„I have often had the opportunity to hear concerts by Pavel Baleff with Baden-Baden Philharmonie, and I very impressed by the quality which he achieved with this Orchestra“ Pierre Boulez, Paris, July 2011

Since January 2007 is Baleff also a Chief-Conductor of the Baden–Baden Philharmonic and Artistic Director of the International „Carl Flesch” Academy.

From Year 2021 he is a Music Director of the Theater Nordhausen and Loh- Orchestra Sondershausen – Germany.

From Year 2022 he will be a Music Director of the Opera Limoges in France and he is chosen as „Conductor in residence“ of the Baden-Baden Philharmonic for five seasons until 2027.

Pavel Balef won the International Classical Music Award 2012 , also German Record Critics Award 2012, 2014 and 2017 with Krassimira Stoyanova and with the Munich Radio Orchestra.

Mr. Baleff is a regular guest conductor of several national and international orchestras including the following: at the Viena State Opera ( 2016-2020), at the Oper Zurich ( 2012-2021), at the Semperoper Dresden, at the Oper Leipzig with Gewandhaus Orchestra., Bolschoi Theater Moscow – 2012, Mikhaylovsky Theater St. Peterburg, the Nationalopera in Hannover as well at the Komische Oper Berlin, “The Ring of the Nibelung” at the National Opera Sofia 2010 – 2012.

Baleff works with a big success with the world famouse Singers like Edita Gruberova , Diana Damrau, Krassimira Stoyanova , Thomas Hampson, Vesselina Kasarova, Ramon Vargas, Piotr Beczala, Luca Pisaroni, Anna Netrebko. He conducts the Christmas Concert for the Bundespresident of Germany together with the Star Violonist Anne – Sophie Mutter in December 2013 ( TV Channel ZDF).

His next very important Productions during the Season 2020/2021 are „Don Pasquale“ at the Viena State Opera , „Walking Mad“ at the Opera Zurich, „ Falstaff“ at the Opera Plovdiv and „ Eugene Onegin“ with the RSO Sofia, Asia – Tour with Diana Damrau and Nicolas Teste´.

The Bulgarian conductor Pavel Baleff was born in 1970. In 1988 he conducted his first concert. In 1993 he received the Bulgarian Radio prize for the best young musician and produced radio and television recordings with the leading orchestras in the country.

Since 1995 Pavel Baleff has been a participant in the Conductors Forum of the German Music Association. In 1996 Pavel Baleff won the 1st Prize in the International competition Carl Maria von Weber in Munich prize winner concert with the Munich radio Orchestra in the Hercules Hall of the palace) and in 1999 he won the conducting competition of the German music schools in Weimar with the Herbert von Karajan – Foundation. In 2003 Pavel Baleff won the renowned Bad Homburg conductor award – one of the highest German conductor honours.

Since December 1998 Pavel Baleff has been the Musical Director of the Dresden Chamber Opera. In September 1999 he was given the position of 1st conductor at the Rostock Opera. An 2000 he was made musical director for the length of the season. Since 2002 Pavel Baleff has worked as first conductor and deputy General Music Director at the opera in Halle.

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