Tchakarov, Emil, Bulgarian conductor; b. Burgas, June 29, 1948; d. Paris, Aug. 4, 1991. He received his training at the Bulgarian State Cons, in Sofia, where he conducted its youth orch. (1965-72). From 1968 to 1970 he also was conductor of the Bulgarian TV Chamber Orch. After capturing 3rd prize in the Karajan Competition (1971), he pursued training in conducting with Ferrara (1972) and Jochum (1974). In 1974 he became conductor of the Plovdiv State Phil. On Sept. 27, 1979, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. conducting Eugene Onegin, and remained on its roster until 1983. In 1985-86 he was chief conductor of the Flanders Phil. in Antwerp. As a guest conductor, he appeared in many music centers around the globe.
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