March Music Days International Festival is among oldest and most reputed festival stages in Bulgaria, a festival of modern programme strategy and high public rating. Founded in 1961, every year the festival turns the city of Ruse (the biggest and most beautiful Bulgarian city along the Danube) into a real capital of music, a meeting point of top-class musicians from Europe and worldwide.
World renowned artists, orchestras and ensembles have performed on the festival stage including D. Shostakovich, S. Richter, K. Masur, G. Rozhdestvensky, V. Neuman, Y. Temirkanov, I. Oistrakh, V. Repin, R. Barshai, S. Sondeckis, S. Costa, M. Stockhausen, Sir N. Marriner, Y. Bashmet, G. Kremer, M. Maisky, K. Penderecki, D. Sitkovtsky, Patrick Gallois, Bucharest Philharmonic, Bucharest National Radio Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Lithuanian Philharmonic, Bruckner Orchestra - Linz, Paris Chamber Orchestra, PKF – Prague Philharmonia, Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Sinfonia Varsovia, the ensembles Kremerata Baltica with Gidon Kremer, Hilliard, De Volharding, The King’s Singers, I Musici di Roma, Il Giardino Armonico with Giovanni Antonini, Venice Baroque Orchestra with G. Carmignola, MusikFabrik, recherche, Moscow Soloists with Yuri Bashmet; the percussion ensembles Amadinda and Kroumata, the string quartets Keller, Juilliard, Tokyo, Ysaye, Arditti, Schumann among others.
Today the festival builds a wide platform that fosters young talented musicians from around the world, engaging artists with different artistic and cultural background in a lively and exciting dialogue.
The Festival has become a bearer of the prestigious international "European Festival" label, awarded by the Europen Commission and the European Festivals Association under the pilot project "Europe for Festivals. Festivals for Europe" for 2017 and 2018.
The world renowned violinist Svetlin Roussev has been involved as festival's artistic consultant since 2017.