When the time stays still

Working on “creations” where ancient music, video art, contemporary dance, opera, theater and other art forms meet. Composing a new original opera, searching for aesthetics, which correspond to contemporary terms. Building up a new orchestra with charismatic international musicians. Working closely with artists, playwrights, choreographers and writers. Trying to understand traditional works from the classical repertoire through the prism of the 21st century. The excitement of following the path of an all-rounded artist.

Monocle-Portrait of Sylvia von Harden

  • Began work on composition - early 2010
  • Collaboration with Stéphane G. Roussel from 2010
  • Rehearsals and recordings in Bordeaux, France -2010
  • Théâtre national du Luxembourg: 09th and 10th November 2010 (Premiere)
  • Théâtre national du Luxembourg: 09th and 10th November 2010 (Premiere)
  • Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, Paris: from 26th November to 03d December 2010
  • Festival 30/30, Bordeaux: 21st and 22d January 2011
  • Grüner Salon, Volksbühne, Berlin: 12th, 13th and 15th Mai 2011
  • Prager Theaterfestival Deutscher Sprache, Prague: 09th and 10th November 2011
  • Otto Dix Museum, Gera (Germany): 03d December 2011
  • Centre Georges Pompidou, Metz (France): 16th and 17th June 2012
  • Festival Monodrama, Luxembourg: 01st July 2012
  • Agence Culturel Dordogne, Perigueux: 17th and 19th January 2013
  • Musée d´Orsay, Paris: 07th March 2013
  • A la Maison du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg", Bruxelles: 23 Octobre 2013

Parsifal Incerto (Parsifal in doubt)

  • First initial - October 2011
  • Meetings in Luxemburg with orchestra and opera director, early 2012
  • Collaboration begins with live electronic artist, summer 2012
  • Libretto and music coordination - ongoing
  • First sketch and structural coordination - ongoing

Building a new orchestra

  • An idea is born, early 2012
  • Administrative work, early 2012 - ongoing
  • Setting up the orchestra, spring 2012 - fall 2012
  • Beginning of filming, fall - 2012
  • Launch of the first DVD and start of the concert schedule - beginning 2013

Multi-media project “Together", Ancient amphitheatre - Plovdiv

  • In 2013 Viktor Ilieff established foundation “Spectra”
  • In september first pilot project “Together”

Debut with National chamber orchestra Luxembourg

  • In 2013 marked the beginning of a collaboration with the National chamber orchestra Luxembourg

Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

  • In 2016 Viktor Ilieff made his debut with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra recording a newly commissioned composition from the composer, as well as appearing as a conductor to record Hindemith´s vibrant Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber
    Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes

Debut with National chamber orchestra Luxembourg

Visal Music

Viktor Ilieff made his debut both as a conductor and a composer. 2013 marked the beginning of a collaboration with the National chamber orchestra Luxembourg, where Viktor Ilieff made his debut both as a conductor and a composer.

The program was a journey throughout the 20th century and included a selection of music and texts inspired by visual art. The director/author Stéphane G. Roussel presented exciting examples of texts to the audience at the MUDAM Luxembourg, and music included pieces by: Ives, Skryabin/Ilieff, Varese, Grisey. The concert ended with “Many spoken words” by V. Ilieff , commissioned to paint a musical representation of the centre piece of the Museum of Modern art by Su Mei Tze, with the same title.

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Multi-media project “Together", Ancient amphitheatre- Plovdiv

Foundation “Spectra” established from Viktor Ilieff

In 2013 Viktor Ilieff established foundation “Spectra”, whose pilot project “Together” brought in september a show of an unusual variety at the ancient amphitheatre Plovdiv. More than 70 children from different ethnic communities such as: Bulgarians, Roma, Armenians, Romanian and Turkish, trained by the vibrant choreographer from Belarus Evgeni Korniag to perform on original music by Fabrizio Cassol and Samuel Barber. The idea behind was to involve the generation of tomorrow, granting them with directs access to culture as participants rather then observers, aiming to build up trust and sense of togetherness in daily interaction with each other, as well as to make example of a peaceful, respectful co-existance.

Involve the generation of tomorrow

Viktor Ilieff led the Orchestra of the national opera - Plovdiv, joined by international soloists and the music of F. Cassol: "Concerto grosso for a cello, turntable and large orchestra". The passionate Romanian cellist Emerich Gherca and the european DJ champion DJ Grazzhoppa from Belgium gave a stirring interpretation of the work, receiving high acclaim from the national TV and press. The promising french light designer David Debrinay created a captivating ambience , underlining the musical scores of the compositions.

Building a new orchestra

Built up by exceptional musicians

In 2012, Viktor Ilieff and fellow musicians have begun building a new international orchestra, bringing exceptional European musicians together to form a young, energetic and virtuosic ensemble, capable of performing music ranging from baroque to contemporary. This attracted the attention of European filmmakers who are preparing a documentary about the making of an orchestra, as well as recording their first DVD. The official launch of the project is scheduled for the beginning of 2013.

Atlas Symphony Orchestra

I’ve always believed that the joy of making music together with friends can give one an enormous joy and gratification. So when the opportunity arose to start our own orchestra, built by some of the best musicians with whom I have worked in the past, we all knew it was time to invest energy into the project. This has given me the opportunity to work with many wonderful people and I am thankful to everyone involved, especially the young filmmakers who will be filming the step-by-step process.

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Monocle, a story about Feminism

Tribute to freedom

I remember the first time I visited the museum of contemporary art in Paris and the impact the work by Otto Dix had on me. So, when years after, Stéphane G. Roussel approached me to write the music for the play, I jumped in at once. The idea of transformation has always been present in my work; therefore it was fascinating to compose episodes referring to this subject, especially when the vivid images of the original painting and the strong story line were a source of inspiration. I am also very pleased that another great museum in Paris, Musee d’Orsay, has decided to stage it again this year.

Monocle-portrait of Sylvia von Harden

“Monocle-portrait of Sylvia von Harden” is a play written and directed by Stéphane Ghislain Roussel, with whom Viktor Ilieff has been working closely since 2004. The text and music, which concentrate on the feminist movement at the beginning of the 20th century, based on the famous portrait by Otto Dix, are dealing with the same subject in contemporary terms. The challenge was to present a historical figure of the famous journalist from Berlin during the 1920s, which travels through time in abstract terms, and the transformation of a woman searching for her identity. “Monocle” is a co-production between the companies Ghislain Roussel and Théâtre national du Luxembourg.

Parsifal Incerto (Parsifal in doubt)

Total work of art

This project came after the warm reactions from the audiences in Luxemburg to “Monocle-portrait of Sylvia von Harden”. I was touched by the trust with which Grand Theatre presented us in this important production and by all their help in the process of solving the technical challenges involved. We are now in the middle of a very exciting process where ideas are slowly taking shape and we both are looking forward to the start of rehearsals.

Contemporary art form

Viktor Ilieff in collaboration with Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg to write a new original opera together with charismatic writer/director Stéphane Ghislain Roussel, that is to be premiered in Luxemburg in 2014.

The idea to represent a contemporary Parsifal figure inspired by the quote by R. Wagner’s opera “Zur Raum wird hier die Zeit” has been the topic of discussion between Ilieff and Roussel for a while. Their new work will appear as a product, which tries to distance itself from the often-used practice in a modern opera, where contemporary means of expression meet operatic techniques from the belcanto repertoire. The score calls for chamber orchestra, three soloists, 8-voice choir and live electronics.