Bulgarian Folk Music Instruments, Singing and Dance
Classical Instruments, Singing, Conducting, Composition
Folk Singing, Folk Choir
Mag. Maria Leshkova, Bulgarian State Music Academy
Mag. Maria Leshkova graduated Bulgarian State Music Academy in Plovdiv. She was soloist and conductor in "Philip Koutev" National Folklore Ensemble. Now is she soloist of the world famose bulgerian choir "Mystery of the Bulgarian voices".
Since 1988 she works as teacher in Bulgarian folklore singing in Falun Folkmuzik Festival, Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, "Sedyanka" and "Usmifka"choirs � Danmark, also "Petrunka" choir in Melbourne, "Martenitza" choir in Sidney, Australian group Gorani, Tenores Di Bitti � Italy, Womens choir for Bulgarian music in Stokholm.
Petar Yanev, "The Piper of the Rhodope", graduated from the School of Folk Arts as student of renowned bagpiper Dafo Trendafilov. He was soloist of the Rhodope Ensemble, Smolyan. He also performed for 10 years, at home and abroad, with legendary singer Valya Balkanska, to much critical acclaim. Together with Ms. Balkanska and string quartet Eolina he created the project "With sound in the world and the universe". Among his many recorded CDs are "Memories from the Rhodopes" and "Great Bulgarian Bagpipe Masters". Mr. Yanev is a member of the organising committee of the annual Bagpipe Contest in Gela, Bulgaria.
Toma Karapaunov, Rhodope Folklore State Ensemble, Smolyan
Toma Karapaunov is a graduate of the National High School in Dance Arts in Sofia, Bulgarian Folklore Dances. He continued his education in the Academy for Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv and graduated in Choreographic Directing and Pedagogy. He worked for the Trakia Folklore Ensemble in Plovdiv. Since 1986 he is a choreograph of the Rhodope Folklore State Ensemble.
Prof. Bojidar Noev/Austria
Born in Sofia/Bulgaria, he studied at the National Academy of Music with prof. M. Balsamova and spezialisiert at the Academy of Rome "Sancta Cecilia" with prof. K. Zecci, G. Agosti, R. Serkin. N. Magalof,
M. Tagliafero. He has been awarded first prises by several competitions: "Busoni", "Kasagrande", "Pozolli", "Viana da Motta", "Petrof", "Della Musica Romantica" etc. Concert performances as soloist and chamber music
partner in Europa, Asia, USA, Canada, Latin Amerika. Radio-and television broadcasts, films, CD recording. Since 1977 he has been teaching piano at the Tiroler Konservatorium Innsbruck, Austria, and head from piano
department. He gives many international master classes (Austria, Italia, Taiwan, Mexiko, USA) and acts as a juror at piano competition in Italia, Austria, Bulgaria.
Violin, Chamber Music
Prof. Angel Stankov
Prof. Angel Stankov has graduated from the Bulgarian State Music Academy in the classes of Prof. L. Souroujon and Prof. Vl. Avramov. Upon renowned violinist R. Ricci's recommendation
he specialized in London under the tuition of Prof. M. Parikian and later of Prof. Y. Neaman. As a soloist, chamber music player, concertmaster of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor, he has been
and continues to take an active part in Bulgaria's music life. He has been a Professor in the Sofia State Music Academy "Prof. P. Vladigerov". He has performed in most European countries, the USA, Russia, Japan,
Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore and Cuba and has also played in some of the most prestigious halls. Together with his violin partner of 25 years Y. Radionov he has won numerous prizes incl. I Prize and Gold Medal
at the I International Chamber Music Festival in Osaka'93. He has made many recordings for the Bulgarian Radio and Television, Russian end French TV, BBC - London, the Hague Radio, Prague Radio, Yomiuri Television,
Radio NHK - Japan, etc. He has recorded numerous black records, tapes and CDs. Angel Stankov has conducted numerous orchestras throughout the country and abroad. He has been invited both as a member and chairman of
the juries at competitions in Greece and a number of other national competitions. He has also served in the jury for Concert Diploma competition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama - London.
Prof. Berten D'Hollander/Belgium
Already during his flute studies, Berten D'Hollander was performing as Solo Piccolo with the Flemish Opera Orchestra. Following his graduation exam, he worked with the Royal Ballet of Flanders,
the Belgian National Orchestra and the orchester of La Monnaie. He also received invitations as solo flutist for performances throughout Europe, the US and Japan. He frequently collaborates with renowned
artists such as Eliane Reyes, Boyan Vodenitcharov, Alain Raes and France Springuel. One of his main musical interests is the interpretation of contemporary repertoire for solo flute. As solo flutist of the
Ensemble Musique Nouvelles, he has performed works by Claude Ledoux, Jean-Paul Dessy, Michael Finnissy, Brice Pauset and Dmitri Yanov-Yanovski, among others. His interest in different genres, such as tango
and jazz, has led him to collaborations with Alfredo Marcucci and Steve Houben. At age 25, D'Hollander was appointed Professor of Flute at the Lemmensinstitut der Hogeschool voor Wetenschap & Kunst in Leuven.
Since 2001, he is Lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne, and also has a flute studio at the school's branch in Aachen. In addition, he gives regular masterclasses around the world.
Prof. Lilia Ilieva
After completion of the Secondary Music School in Plovdiv, under the guidance of Ivanka Mihaylova, Liliya Ilieva was admitted at the Bulgarian National Music Academy, in the class of Maestro
Prof. Hristo Brambarov. In her soloist career, along with the opera performances, a special priority is given to the oratorial-cantata and vocal chamber genres. Liliya Ilieva teaches at the State Music School,
and since 1986 - at the National Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Art - Plovdiv. In 2001 she was habilitated as Associate Professor in singing. Since 2001, she has been the vocal tutor of the State Opera and
Ballet Theatre of Antalya, Turkey. Workshops in Germany, master classes at the Bulgarian Culture Institute Wittgenstein's House in Vienna, at the Summer Music Academy in Lilienfeld, Austria, in Kotor, Montenegro,
in Balabanov's House in Plovdiv and in the International Arts Summer Academy Orpheus's Fire in Razlog, Bulgaria. Liliya Ilieva is regularly a juror in home and international academic and performance competitions.
Prof Mag. Kaori Tomiyama/Japan
Prof. Mag. Kaori Tomiyama/Japan was born in Tokyo, since 1998 living in Vienna. He studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Prof. F. Lukasovsky -
"song and oratorio" and "solo opera singing". Master classes with M. Freni, Prof. H. Wagner, Prof. E. Vienna , KS W. Berry, Prof. W. Moore, Prof. L. Ilieva. Artistic activities as a concert and opera
singer in opera houses and concert halls in Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Italy, Bulgaria, the US and Japan. She also teaches a number of master courses in voice training in Austria,
Japan and Bulgaria and acts as a juror at vocal competitions in Japan and Bulgaria.
Vocal Chamber Music
Dr. Maria Chervenlieva/Bulgaria
Dr. Maria Chervenlieva has performed in virtually every European country. He made her US debut with Soprano J. Abernathy in 2005 and her Japan debut with Mezzosoprano K. Tomiyama in 2009. After graduating from the Bulgarian State Music Academy, she was appointed to the faculty of the Academy for Music and Dance in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and since 2001 is also a member of the International Music Academy faculty in Lilienfeld, Austria and Professor in Vienna. As preferred collaborator of numerous singers and instrumentalists, Dr. Chervenlieva has participated in many international music festivals and competitions. She has premiered numerous works from composers of all eras and genres, and recorded a number of times for Bulgarian National Television and Radio.
Aki Mizukami / Japan
Aki Mizukami was born in Kyoto. She graduated at Tokyo National University of the Fine Arts & Music. Then she stadied with Prof. Flores at the Vienna University where she received a Master’s Degree. She shows her creativity also to teach many children. Now she has own class at the Music school in Kyoto and performed as a piano accompanist in Japan, Austria and Germany.