Drenikov has given concerts with great success with orchestras like Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, National Orchestra Santa Cecilia,Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, French Radio Orchestra, Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra, Bratislava Philharmonic, Bucharest Philharmonic, Prague Radio Orchestra, Leipzig Radio Ochestra, Sydney Philharmonic, Tokyo Royal Philharmonic, etc. When Alexis Weissenberg first listened to Ivan Drenikov in 1976, he exclaimed: “Thanks to his strong individuality, musical intelligence, artistic temperament and technical accomplishment, Drenikov is one of those pianists to whom the future belongs.” In 1985 Pierre Petit wrote about him in “Le Figaro” following his Beethoven, concert for piano and orchestra No 4 with Ensemble Orchestral de Paris in Salle Gaveau: “Revelation… Great interpretation!”
In his tours Drenikov has played the following concerts:
CLEMENTI – Concert for piano and orchestra; BEETHOVEN – Piano concerto No 1 and No 4; SCHUMANN – Concerto in a moll; MOZART – Piano concerto in D moll KV 466; BRAHMS – Piano concerto in D moll; GRIEG – Piano concerto in A moll; RACHMANINOV – Piano concerto No 2 and No 4; PROKOFIEFF – Piano concerto No 2; VLADIGEROV – Piano concerto No3; LISZT – Totentanz; MENDELSOHN – Piano concerto No 1 in G moll.
Drenikov has played in prestigious halls in the following cities: PARIS – Pleyel, Champs Elysees, Gaveau, Chatelet (1st International Festival of Orchestras, Rachmaninov concert No 2), UNESCO (Recital of Beethoven Sonatas on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the composer´s death), Radio France Auditorium, Paris, etc., ROME – Santa Cecilia Hall, Theatro Olimpico, RAI-Roma Auditorium, Basilica San Massenzio, etc., MOSCOW – Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow Conservatoire Halls, ST. PETERBURG – Congresshall, PRAGUE – Smetana Hall, Dvořák Hall, Congresshall, NAPLES – Teatro San Carlo. ZURICH – Tonhalle Saal. BUCHAREST – Atheneum Hall, BOGOTA – Luis San Arango, Teatro Colon, MUNICH – Hercules Saal, etc.
For 15 years (1977–1992) Drenikov had a permanent contract as first concert pianist soloist of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. As such he toured the USA, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, England, Germany, Latvia, etc.
UNESCO, Paris – Recital of Beethoven Sonatas on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death.
CHAMPS ELYSEES, Paris – A concert marking the 10th anniversary of the death of the famous pianist Robert Casadesus.
Drenikov performed two concerts by Rachmaninov (No 2 and No 4 together) , in the presence of Gaby Casadesus, in memory of her late husband with Pasdeloup Symphony Orchestra.
OIRT, Pilsen – A concert with Pilsen Radio Orchestra, Live broadcast in 12 countries.
OIRT, Sofia – A concert with Radio Symphony Orchestra, Live broadcast in 12 countries.
BORIS CHRISTOFF, Rome, Santa Cecilia – A chamber concert with the participation of Drenikov dedicated to the singer’s thirty years on stage jubilee.
GAVEAU HALL, Paris – two concerts: Alberto B. Tedeschi’s concerto for piano and orchestra dedicated to Ivan Drenikov and Clementi’s concerto in C.
THE BULGARIA CONCER HALL. Sofia – a concert on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra.
ATHENS – a concert with the Elado Symphony Orchestra broadcast live in Greece, Bulgaria and the former Yugoslavia.
Ivan Drenikov was on tour of 15 concerts (recitals and accompanied by the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra) in the USA and Mexico.
The “Golden Sagittarius” International Award of the city Rome and UNICEF for great achievements in art in 1980.
The jury, chaired by the Chairman of the Santa Cecilia Academy, among whom were Gian Carlo Menotti, Gina Cigna, Giulietta Simonato, Sergio Perticaroli, etc., voted unanimously for giving the award to Drenikov with the formulation “for exceptionally great contribution to the art of music performance”. The same year the award was also given to the great conductor Franco Ferrara.