Vladimir Kiradjiev has developed from leader of various symphonic orchestras and ensembles for contemporary music to one of the most sought after opera conductors in Central and Eastern Europe.
After graduation with honours from the State Academy of Music in Sofia for conducting, composition and choral conducting, he continued his education with Prof. Kurt Mazur (Weimar - Leipzig), Prof. Franco Ferrara in Siena (Italy) and Prof. Karl Oesterreicher (Vienna). In 1984 he became Artistic Director of the Opera in Sliven and also permanent guest conductor of almost all philharmonic orchestras in Bulgaria. In 1990 he relocated to Vienna and became first conductor and later principal conductor of Vienna Residence Orchestra.
Mr. Kiradjiev is currently permanent guest conductor at numerous opera houses, for instance Stadttheater Luzern, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, Berlin Metropol Theatre, Latvian National Opera Riga, National Opera Bulgaria Sofia, Tatarian National Opera Kazan, Krakow Opera Poland. He has been conducting several symphony orchestras in Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Poland, Mexico, Colombia, South Korea, China and Japan. He has been cooperating with stars such as Anna Netrebko, Elina Garanca, Maija Kovalevskaja, Mati Salminen, Marcelo Alvarez, Rafal Blechacz, Rudolf Nureyev, Rene Kolo, Guy Touvron, Sharon Kam and many others.
Since season 2008 – 2009 he has been Artistic Director of State Philharmonics in Rzeszow, Poland and Artistic Director of the Music Festival in Lancut, Poland. Since the season 2013 – 2014 he is first guest conductor at Opera na Zamku in Szczecin, Poland.
Vladimir Kiradjiev has made the following recordings: 1996 - works by Schoenberg and Lutoslawsky, 1998 - "Tosca" by Puccini, 1999 - live recording of composers’ seminar in Boswil with Klangforum Wien, 2000 - contemporary Austrian composers’ works, 2001 - waltzes and polkas by the Strauss family.
Since the summer term 1994 -1995, he has been a docent at the Institute for Conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.