Varna International

A Bit About Us

Music has power to transform us with stories that go beyond words. To that end, we are committed to drawing a new generation of artists and audiences into its beautiful legacy.

Upcoming Events

Conduct. Perform. Enjoy.

Participants Say

“Unique and strong emphasis on cultural exchange”

I routinely travel to lead festival choirs, give workshops and lecture around the United States and abroad. . … I know of no other artistic director who provides large-scale music festivals to the magnitude of Mr. Tchonev's productions while maintaining a unique and strong emphasis on cultural exchange.

Dr. Bradley Ellingboe

Professor of Music
University of New Mexico
“I cannot overstate the quality and grandeur of Varna International's events.”

I cannot overstate the quality and grandeur of Varna International's events. In my experience, they are truly one of a kind and superbly executed.

Maestro Dian Tchobanov

Conductor, Croatian State Opera
“Bridging the Transatlantic divide with music”

Varna International has brought hundreds of talented young Americans to Bulgaria over the years to work and perform with talented Bulgarians and students from all over the world, bridging the Transatlantic divide with music, friendship, understanding, and truly great performances.

Eric Rubin

US Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria
“Top notch … first class!”

The ICC experience with Varna International was truly top notch. It is gratifying to see a company who cares about the quality of musical experience as much as the nuts and bolts of travel. I would recommend Varna International wholeheartedly to any choir touring in the future. Congratulations and thanks from a grateful conductor… You are first class!

Prof. Henry Leck

Founder and Artistic Director
Indianapolis Children’s Choir, Indiana
“Tour management provided by knowledgeable, caring musician/managers”

From the combination of top level professional and educational performers from the USA and Bulgaria, passionately lead by Maestro Henry Leck, the well written score with its timely story, the individual group performance opportunities at the three world-class performances venues – Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center and Wang Theater, Boston, and numerous tourist moments along the way, this was an experience my students and community singers will never forget. … The excellent tour management was provided by knowledgeable, caring musician/managers under the direct personal supervision of the Festival Directors, Kalin and Sharon Tchonev. We recommend it highly!

Dr. Thomas E. Miller

The College Singers, The Master Arts Chorale
Victor Valley College, California