Brass Stories online project is a concept inspired by present and history of the Bulgarian brass music traditions which includes popular and almost unknown composers, conductors, performing artists, orchestras and ensembles.
During the school term of 2021 / 2022 our team will present you a series of interactive articles, interviews and music analysis in 4 separate themes:
Bulgarian symphony and chamber music composers of different generations back to the end of the 19th century till today - all of them inspired by brass instruments;
Bulgarian performing artists and conductors, famous both in the country and abroad.;
The next generation of stars in the Bulgarian brass music - their ambitions to popularise classical and contemporary Bulgarian music and to preserve our brass orchestras’ heritage;
Foreign brass performers and teachers, invited by the Brass Perspectives Association for master classes and other innovative educational structures and initiatives.
Remko de Jager is among the most influential Dutch musicians in European classical and contemporary brass music. He has studied the trombone with George Wiegel at the Rotterdam's Conservatorium. Since 1997, Remko has been a member of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra - tenor and bass trombone. He plays trombones by Adams Brass. Between 2000 and […]
A composer with a long and successful career, Angel Kotev composes in a wide range of genres: symphonic, vocal, chamber, film, children's and electronic-acoustic music. Among his symphonic works, Rhapsody No. 1 "Bulgarian Rhapsody" commissioned by the conductor Young Ho Pak for the California Youth Symphony in the USA. A special and beautiful aspect of […]
There is a breed of special personalities - reviled by some and respected by others, hated by some and loved by others, controversial during their lifetime and unforgettable when they are gone. Such a person was Dobrin Ivanov, who left us at the end of the summer of 2020. Trombonist, teacher, conductor, creator of 16 […]
A professional with a 30-year career in popular music, first trumpet and vocalist of the band AKAGA, an artist with a radiant smile and very blue eyes, Georgi Velev is an established name on the Bulgarian and European pop-jazz scene. There are aspects of his career that are no less interesting and equally successful, but […]
The composer Lazar Nikolov (1922-2005) has long been recognized as one of the founders of modern Bulgarian music. With his works, many well-known Bulgarian performers established their name as interpreters of contemporary music. He is the author of 2 operas; 6 symphonies, 3 concertos, Symphonies for 13 strings and other works for symphonic, chamber and […]
Prof. Krassimir Taskov graduated from the National Academy of Music with piano with Prof. Julia Ganeva and Prof. Konstantin Ganev and composition with Prof. P. Stoyanov. He attended the composition courses of Ton de Leeuw and Theo Lоеvendiе in the Netherlands and Anatol Vieru in Romania. Since 1999 he has been the head of the […]
She is an elegant American lady with a sunny smile. Born in North Carolina, she graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory (Bachelor of Music Performance, Trombone) and Columbus State University (Master of Music Performance, Trombone). Her career is almost like a round-the-world trip that led the young performing artist from China through Lebanon, Italy and Bosnia […]
György Gyivicsan graduated from the University of Szeged – Faculty of Music in 2001. After this he got admitted to the college of Freiburg as one of the pupils of the famous trombonist Branimir Slokar. In 2003 he won the prestigious International competition in Porcia (Italy). In 2004 he received an invitation from prof. Slokar […]
Professor Philip Pavlov, PhD, is one the most successful Bulgarian musicians in the field of contemporary music as a pianist and a composer. He graduated with piano and composition at the National School of Music. Afterwards, he specialized in Composition in Amsterdam. In his nearly 50-years of career experience, he has over 1000 concerts in […]
Albena Vratchanska is granddaughter of the distinctive Bulgarian composer Andrei Vratchanski. Albena graduated in piano at the National School of Arts “Panayot Pipkov” in Pleven and continued her studies with composition at the National Music Academy “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov”. In 1996 she moved to Luxembourg to study contemporary composition techniques, music analysis and computer music […]