Founded  in 1894, “SLAVIANSKO EDINSTVO” marks the beginning of the choir work in the town of Gorna Oryahovitsa Bulgaria. The repertoire of the choir includes works of all musical styles and epochs – from pre-classics to modern music, orthodox, cantata-oratorio works – Christmas oratorio by C. Saint-Saëns, Mesas - Schubert – G dur, etc.

The history of the choir and the choral work in Gorna Oryahovitsa had started back in 1894when the conductor Boris Pilatov formed the first group. In 1924 the choir joined  the Culture house in the town, became mixed and enriched his repertoire with secular music. In 1946 the choir accepted name “Slaviansko edinstvo” (Slavic unity), which he has at present.

Conductors: Encho Filipov, Sava Genev, Petko Kirchev, Ivan Bardarov, prof. Ivan Peev, Dobri Balabanov, Hristo Andrecov, Dimitar Rusev, Petko Kasabov, Kiril Dzambazov and  Hristo Andrekov who led the choir for more than 20 years, are among the most contributed figures to its growth and the flowering of cultural life of the city.

Repertoire of choir “Slaviansko edinstvo” includes hundred of titles, representing various styles, historical eras and cultural traditions – from the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic sacred music, to gospel and folk treatments with different national color. In recent years the Choir have turned its interest to the songs from popular culture and contemporary arrangements of popular classical and traditional works.

Recent history of choir is associated with the name of the remarkable conductor Donka Koprinkova, who leads “Slaviansko Edinstvo” since 1965. Her exceptional professionalism, extensive musical culture, dedication and love continued the choral work of prof. Dimitar Ruskov and prof. Vasil Arnaudov and over the years confirmed the name of the choir as a factor of national and international scale. Under the direction of  Donka Kopinkova the choir wins the Order of “Cyril and Methodius” Grade II, all national choral competitions and festivals and 16 international awards. One of the greatest stage moments are the awards in the competitions Llangollen, UK in 1990 and Montreux, Switzerland in 1999.

Donka Koprinkova is a member of the Governing Board of the Bulgarian choral union and honored citizen of the town of Gorna Oryahovitsa. Creative and friendly relationships of “Slaviansko edinstvo” with choirs and people of Enepetal – Germany helped the city to receive support, which continues to be provided in nowadays.

Recordings: Radio Sofia, Radio Cologne, BBC-London, Radio Belgrad, Radio Chablais – Montreux, TV ORF2, and two CD-s produced in 2000 and 2008.

Artistic direction of the choir includes the name of the young and talented musician – Anton Blagoev - accompanist and arranger of multiple titles from the repertoire of the choir.

For the last 15 years, more than 20 children who have passed through the school of  “Slaviansko edinstvo” completed higher education and successfully started their careers in the professional area of  singing or pedagogical activities. Among them stand out the names of Rosen Krastev – bass, soloist in the Staatstheater Braunschweig, Ilia Iliev – bass, Marian Kostadinov - baritone, Maya Yordanova - sopran, Petya Koprinkova – mezzo-sopran, Dimitar Koprinkov – bass, Nikolay Dremov - conductor and others.

There is no doubt that the high art of singing is the main argument in the concert activity of choir "Slaviansko Edinstvo". I'm happy of our mutual creative contact on the European choral scene. Superlatives for the conductor's talent of Mestro Donka Koprinkova and compliments to the performers in all formations.

Prof. PhD. Filip Pavlov - composer and pianist