Prof. Atanas Atanassov

EDUCATION:

Born on 27.10.1952 in Pazardjik, Bulgaria.

1971 Graduated Music High School in Sofia by Assoc. Prof. Lidia Kuteva.

1971-1973 Military Service in Army.

1973-1977 Completed Higher Music Education in Piano, National Academy of Music, Sofia, Instrumental Faculty, by Prof. Bogomil Starshenov.

1975 Master Course in Piano under Regina Smendzianka – Weimar, Germany.

1977-1979 Mastering in Piano performance, National Academy of Music – Sofia under Prof. Bogomil Starshenov.

1976, 1977, 1983 Summer Master Courses in Piano under Ms Ivonne Lefebure – Paris.

1978 Master Course in Harpsichord under Ms Susanna Rujichkova, in Organ under Mr. Milan Schlehta and in piano under Mr. František Rauch – Prague.

1980-1985 Graduate Study in Composition at the National Academy of Music – Sofia, Faculty of Theory, Conducting and Composition under Bulgarian Composer Prof. Parashkev Hadjiev.

 

HONORS AND AWARDS:

1965 First Prize from National Competition for young pianists.

1966 Second Prize from First National Competition of State Philharmonic Orchestra in Rousse.

1968 Diploma from the International Piano Competition J. S. Bach – Leipzig.

1976 Diploma of Honor and Medal at the International Piano Competition Alessandro Kasagrande in Terni, Italy.

1980 Third Prize for Piano Duo at the International Competition Alessandro Kasagrande, Italy.

1989 Art and Music Children Association’s Award for the Musical Kosse-Bosse.

2005 Prize „Golden Staff” of the Union of Bulgarian Composers.

2005 Third Prize from the National Competition for writing a Symphonic piece in 7/8 – Plovdiv (Concert for Piano and Orchestra No. 2).

2007 Prize for Best Author’s Music from the National Puppet Theatre Festival „Mihail Lakatnik” – Yambol.

2011 Prize „Sladkopoina Chuchuliga” of the Society for Music and Dance of the Pazardzhik Region for remarkable contribution in the Bulgarian culture and piano art.

2012 Prize „Golden Lira” of the Union of the Bulgarian Dancers and Musicians.

2012 Honorary Sign and Diploma of the National Music Academy „Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” for contribution to the Bulgarian musical culture as pedagogue and composer.

2012 Honorary Sign – statuette of the Union of Bulgarian Composers in relation to a jubilee.

2014 2nd (with non-awarded 1st) prize from the International Composition Competition „Sofia 2014” for writing a piece in the style of Neobaroque („CONCERTO piccolo non tanto GROSSO” for string orchestra).

 

OFFICES HELD:

1983-1992 Assistant Professor in Piano Accompaniment, Instrumental Faculty, National Academy of Music, Sofia.

1992-2000 Associate Professor in Piano Accompaniment, Instrumental Faculty, National Academy of Music, Sofia.

1993-1999 Vice-Dean of the Instrumental Faculty, National Academy of Music, Sofia.

1995-2000 Associate Professor in Composition, National Academy of Music, Sofia, Faculty of Theory, Conducting and Composition.

2000 – Currently Professor in Composition and in Piano Accompaniment, National Academy of Music, Sofia.

2004-2012 Dean of the Instrumental Faculty, National Academy of Music, Sofia.

2005-2011 Member of the Executive Council of the Union of Bulgarian Composers.

2007-2010 Chairman of the Specialized Scientific Council of Musicology and Music Art.

2011-2014 Member of the Executive Council of the Creative Fund of the Union of Bulgarian Composers.

2011-2015 Member of the Standing Committee on Humanities and Arts at the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency.

2012-2016 Head of the Department of Chamber Music and Accompaniment in IF, National Music Academy, Sofia.

 

CONCERT ACTIVITY:

Constant Concert and Sound-recording activity as a soloist, chamber music performer and collaborator to a number of choral and orchestra ensembles – as pianist, harpsichord and organ performer. Member of the Bulgarian Composers’ Union. Annual participation in the National Composers’ Forum New Bulgarian Music. His music works are performed presently both in Bulgaria and abroad.

Author’s Works:

Symphony, two Concertos for Piano and Orchestra, three Symphonic Pictures for Orchestra, Elegy for Trombone and Orchestra, Ballet The Windmill, Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, Concerto for Flute and Strings, „CONCERTO piccolo non tanto GROSSO” for strings, Elegy for Trumpet and Orchestra, Musical Kosse-Bosse, Songs for Soprano and Orchestra, Quintet for Wind Instruments, String Quartet, Sonata for Violin and Piano, Sonata for Violin and Viola, Sonatina for Flute and Piano, Songs for Soprano and String Quartet, Dream for Flute, Violin, Violoncello and Piano, Move in three for Flute and Piano, Duo concertante for Violin and Violoncello, Bulgarian Dance for Piano – four hands, Alter ego for Piano solo, Rondo for Xylophone and Piano, Pieces for Piano, Songs, Music for Children.

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