Legacy of True Art Drives us to Inspire the Next Generation

Influenced by the histories of their own countries--Bulgaria and Israel respectively--founders Kalin and Sharon Tchonev believe music has an important role to play in making the world a more intimate, unified, and loving place. To this end, Varna International’s role in the legacy of true art is to ensure aspiring and professional musicians have opportunities to grow in their skill and passion for presenting classical works that transcend time and culture in meaningful ways.

When they started Varna International 20 years ago to bring high quality choral training to Bulgarian school teachers, the Tchonevs had no idea their company would bloom into the globally recognized festival organizer it is today. Varna International now specializes in large-scale, artistically rich and customized choral-orchestral concerts, performance tours, and music training academies for conductors, choral singers, vocalists, and instrumentalists throughout Europe, Israel, and the United States.

With home offices in Columbia, SC, Varna International connects the rich musical history, amenities and infrastructure found in the city of Varna, Bulgaria, with the need of choirs and orchestras around the world for expert music training coupled with exceptional performance opportunities.

So, whether you are an aspiring musician looking for classical training from the best in the business, a professional looking to expand your repertoire and international relationships, or a music enthusiast ready to travel and enjoy great works of music and architecture in a new culture, Varna International is your key to world-class music experiences.

Our Clients Say

“It was magic”

The magic of performing Dvorak's Stabat Mater in Vienna's Musikverein and Prague's Rudolphinum with the Plovdiv Philharmonic and the City of Prague Philharmonic was most rewarding and fulfilling. In addition to the world-class performance venues, the arrangements with professional musicians, hotel accommodations and cultural tour opportunities created a lifetime of memories for everyone. Thanks to Varna International for all the organization and behind-the-scenes work to make this trip the success that it was.

Dr. Bruce Chamberlain

Director of Choral Activities
The University of Arizona
“The highest possible standards”

Bringing 300 superb choristers and instrumentalists on stage in what I can only describe as an impeccably organized and magnificently directed performance, sets the highest possible standards for such events.

Ambassador Elena Poptodorova

Bulgarian Ambassador to the USA
“I cannot recommend Varna International highly enough”

The professional caliber of the festival is on an extremely high level. The faculty and orchestra are extremely proficient and the students, who are chosen competitively, are all eager to learn and work hard. Several of the students had never sung with an orchestra and it was a fantastic and unique experience for them. I cannot recommend Varna International highly enough, and I look forward to returning.

Maestro Gregory Buchalter

Assistant Conductor
Metropolitan Opera of New York