Emil Tabakov is well known worldwide as a guest conductor, working in Germany,England, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, Romania, Austria,Switzerland, Belgium, USA, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan,Brazil, Israel, Netherlands, South Africa, Cuba, Ecuador and Columbia. He has conducted opera performances at the Teatro La Fenice (Venice) and Teatro Reggio (Torino), and concerts with the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Orchestre d’Avignon, Orchestre de Cannes, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Orchestra of Arena di Verona, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Radio Moscow, Moscow Philharmonic, New Russia Orchestra, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Bochum Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, Rio de Janeiro Symphony Orchestra, Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra,
Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico, Monterrey Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra George Enescu Bucureshti, Athens Philharmonic Orchestra, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Bourusan Symphony Orchestra (Istanbul), Presidential Symphony Orchestra Ankara, and more.
Tabakov’s repertoire is extensive, with a variety of styles ranging from classical and romantic to contemporary genres.Tabakov has recorded a considerable number of works, 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 Scheherazade, the complete Scriabin Symphonies, the complete Beethoven piano concertos, Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra and The Miraculous Mandarin, Verdi’s Requiem and highlights from Il Trovatore, Rigoletto, Un Ballo in Maschera, La Forza del Destino as well as other works for Balkanton, Gega-New and Mega-Music (Bulgaria), Elan (USA), Capriccio Delta (Germany), Pentagon (Netherlands) and EMI.
He holds a number of prestigious Bulgarian music awards, including Musician of the Year of the Bulgarian National Radio (1992) and the Crystal Lyre (2009), given by the Union of Musicians. He was nominated as Man of the Year in 1992 by the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, which ranked him among the 100 best professionals for 2012.