Emil Tabakov is well known worldwide as a conductor. He has appeared in concerts worlwide including Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, Australia, Taiwan, Brazil, Israel, Netherlands, Republic of South Africa, Cuba and has collaborated with orchestras such as the Orchestre National de France, Symphony Orchestra of Arena di Verona, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Radio Moscow, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Seoul Philharmony, Rio de Janeiro Symphony Orchestra, Monterrey Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra ”George Enescu” Bucureshti, Presidential Symphony Orchestra Ankara and others. Tabakov’s repertoire is enormous, showing a variety of styles from classical and romantic to contemporary.
His recording output is considerable including the complete Mahler Symphonies in a 15-CD set, the complete Brahms Symphonies, Overtures, German Requiem and piano concertos, Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherezade, the complete Scriabin Symphonies, the complete Beethoven piano concertos, Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra. His recordings can be found on labels such as Balkanton, Naxos, Elan, Capriccio Delta, Mega-Music, Pentagon and Gega-New.
Emil Tabakov is the holder of prestigious national music awards including Musician of the Year of the Bulgarian National Radio in 1992, "Crystal Lyre" (2009) Union of Musicians in Bulgaria. He was nominated for Man of the Year (1992) by the International Bibliographic Centre in Cambridge. He was ranked among the 100 best professionals for 2012 by the International Biographical Centre, England