After attaining his soloist diploma as a violinist in 2003, Droujelub Yanakiew began pursuing a career as a conductor. His work was soon appreciated, and in 2005 the Swiss Association of Musicians chose him as a scholar of the Kiefer-Hablitzel Foundation. In summer 2010 Droujelub Yanakiew attained his Master’s Degree in conducting from the Zurich School of Music and Theatre (in the class of Professor Johannes Schläfli).
His development as a conductor was supported and influenced by working with leading conductors, such as Bernard Haitink, Ralf Weikert, Jesùs Lòpez Cobos, Peter Eötvös, and Stefan Asbury. He enriched his experience by assisting Roberto Benzi, Johannes Schläfli, Marc Kissoczy and Franco Trinca.
In the last years he has worked with various orchestras, such as the Bern Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Berner Kammerorchester, the Symphony Orchestra of Biel, Festival Strings Lucerne, Basel Sinfonietta, Camerata Zürich, Ensemble Contrechamps, the San Juan Symphony Orchestra (Argentina), the Karlsbad Symphony Orchestra.
An important concern of Droujelub Yanakiew is the search for new and interesting ways of presenting classical music and thus addressing a new and young audience. That is why in recent years he realized projects which connected classical music with other kinds of music and with different forms of art. The success of projects such as My Age Night — a concert with Electro-DJ, Electro-Solocello, two dancers and a symphony orchestra — or Romeo and Juliet — Prokofiev’s ballet produced with light design and visuals controlled live — encouraged him to continue his experiments
“The passionate playfulness of the Orchestra under the sweeping direction of Droujelub Yanakiew contributed strongly to the atmospheric quality of the performance. Bernstein’s groovy rhythms alternated with juicy moments of “dolce and passione.” In this way the three arts were fused to a coherent unit; the courage to be extravagant definitely paid off.” (Der Bund, April 22, 2010)
“Sometimes a shimmering pearl appears, if apparent opposites meet, really meet. If they merge, interweave, communicate. And this without denying what is central to them. (…) Both performances were sold out, the audience was sympathetically mixed, as it rarely occurs in classical concerts.” (Berner Zeitung, May 14, 2007, about My Age Night)
“The choice of musical pieces for My Age Night is thoughtful and effective. At the beginning there is the atmospheric interpretation of Barber’s Adagio for Strings. In the succeeding Ravel there is a development towards more movement. Here Yanakiew generates suspense and persuasively leads the orchestra in the direction of the eruption.” (Der Bund, May 14, 2007, about My Age Night)
“Droujelub Yanakiew, who has been here as a conductor for almost two years, did not only exude joye-de-vivre by his outward appearance but also knew how to make it the concept of his interpretations. This was especially true of his performance of Mozart’s Symphony KV 425 after the intermission. The conductor succeeded in working out a number of musical subtleties, which put this composition far above the contemporary mass production of symphonies. (Neue Zuger Zeitung, June 9, 2009)