Emil Tabakov is well known worldwide as a guest conductor in Germany, England, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, Romania, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Brazil, Israel, Netherlands, Republic of South Africa, Cuba, Ecuador, Columbia. He conducted opera performances in Teatro “La Fenice”, Teatro Reggio-Torino, concerts of Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonic de Radio France, Orchestre National d'ile de France, Orchestre Natilonal de Lille, Orchestre National de Loraine, Orchestre de Avignon, Orchestre de Cannes, Orchestre de Nantes, Symphony Orchestra of Arena di Verona, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Radio Moscow, Moskow Philharmonic, New Russia Orchestra, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Bochum Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmony, 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 others.
Tabakov’s repertoire is enormous, showing a variety of styles from classical and romantic to contemporary genres.
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, The Miraculous Mandarin, Verdi Requiem, and highlights form Il Trovatore, Rigoletto, Un Ballo in maschera, La Forza del Destino and other works for Balkanton(Bulgaria), Elan (USA), Capriccio Delta (Germany), Mega-Music (Bulgaria), Pentagon (Holland), Gega-New (Bulgaria), Emi
He is the holder of prestigious national music awards like 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