Prof. Tsvetomir Lazarov, Ph.D.

Head of Department


When the Academy of Music was founded in 1921, the violin, viola, cello and double bass courses were taught in one department – String Instruments. During the interwar period, the main figure in the Department was Prof. Hans Koch from Prague – a student of Otakar Ševčík – who instructed some of the best Bulgarian violin teachers to be – professors Vladimir Avramov and Leon Souroujon. In the 1950s, the violin was assigned a separate department, and the two functioned alongside each other until 2020, when they were once again merged into one. In the early 1960s, the harp was introduced to the String Instruments Department, and in 1993 – the classical guitar. Since 2017, the folklore instruments gadulka and tambura are taught as well, as is the Celtic harp.

 

VIOLIN

In the first half of the 20th c., prominent instrumentalists who would later teach at the Academy studied with some of the most distinguished violinists of the time: Sasha Popov – with Ševčík and Prill in Vienna, Nikola Abadzhiev and Todor Vazharov – with Henri Marteau, Kamen Popdimitrov – with Lucien Capet, Hristo Obreshkov – with Georg Kulenkampff, Nedyalka Simeonova – with Leopold Auer, Petar Hristoskov – with Gustav Havemann, Leon Souroujon – with George Enesku and Yvonne Astruc. After WWII, Bulgarian violin art was seriously influenced by the Russian school. Boyan Lechev received instruction from David Oistrakh, Boyan Danailov – from Leonid Kogan, Mihail Chilikov – form Yuri Yankelevich, Georgi Bliznev – from Mikhail Vaiman, Dora Ivanova – from Igor Bezrodny, Emil Kamilarov (who played on Paganini’s violin) did a specialization in Leningrad, Stoyka Milanova studied with David Oistrakh, and Evgenia-Maria Popova – with Leonid Kogan. However, some violinists and pedagogues from the younger generation received their education in Western Europe – like Velika Tsonkova who specialized with Prof. Yfrah Neaman at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

The instructors of the Violin Department are laureates of some of the most prestigious national and international competitions: Emil Kamilarov (Paganini – Genua), Georgi Badev (Queen Elizabeth – Brussels), Stoyka Milanova (Queen Elizabeth – Brussels, Carl Flesch – London), Ginka Gichkova (Montreal), Alexander Ilchev (Enescu – Bucharest), Elisaveta Kazakova (Tibor Varga – Switzerland), Yosif Radionov (Osaka), Velika Tsonkova (Kocian – Czech Republic), Galina Koycheva (Pancho Vladigerov – Shumen).

 

The professors at the Academy have had rich concert and recording careers – Nedyalka Simeonova, Vladimir Avramov (soloist and primarius of the famous Avramov Quartet), Leon Souroujon, Boyan Lechev (who played a series of significant Bulgarian violin pieces for the first time on stage), Petar Hristoskov, Emil Kamilarov, Georgi Badev, Stoyka Milanova (laureate of several international recording awards), Evgenia-Maria Popova, Yosif Radionov, Velika Tsonkova.

Members of the faculty often take part in jury panels and lead masterclasses in Bulgaria and abroad. Today, many Bulgarian violinists, alumni of the National Academy of Music, work as professors, concertmasters or soloists in prestigious music ensembles and educational institutions around the world.

 

LOWER STRINGS

The first viola class at the Academy was founded by Kosta Kirov in 1938. The first Head of the String Instruments Department was Prof. Stefan Sugarev (1907 – 1958) – a leading figure and proponent of the viola, who trained and shaped a great number of instrumentalists and teachers. Another important name for the department is that of Prof. Alexander Neinski, who was Director of the Bulgarian State Conservatory between 1968 and 1971, and again between 1985 and 1987.

The founder of the cello class at the Music academy and first instructor in the instrument was Prof. Iwan Cibulka, who also taught the double bass. In the 1970s and 1980s, the cello instructors were Prof. Zdravko Yordanov, Assoc. Prof. Svetoslav Manolov, Prof. Bogomil Karakonov, Anna Atanasova.

The first professionally trained double bass teacher was Todor Georgiev. He studied with Kurt Moechel in Frankfurt, and after he returned to Bulgaria, he was the principal bass player at the orchestra of the State Opera and State Philharmonic – a precursor of the Academic Symphony Orchestra. Between 1921 and 1926, he taught the double bass class at the State Academy of Music. Between 1944 and 1952, the bass instructors at the Academy were Tsanko Trifonov (principal bass at the orchestra of the Sofia Opera) and Asen Vapordzhiev.

 

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CURRENT ACADEMIC STAFF

 

Violin

Prof. Stoyka Milanova

Prof. Ginka Gichkova

Prof. Angel Stankov

Prof. Yosif Radionov

Prof. Alexander Ilchev

Prof. Velika Tsonkova, Ph.D.

Assoc.prof. Galina Koycheva, Ph.D.

Gergana Ilcheva, part-time lecturer

 

Viola

Prof. Stefan Zhilkov

Assoc. Prof. Vladislav Andonov, Ph.D.

 

Cello

Prof. Anatoli Krastev

Assoc. Prof. Atanas Krastev, Ph.D.

Assistant Hristo Tanev

 

Double Bass

Prof. Petya Bagovska, Ph.D.

Prof. Tsvetomir Lazarov, Ph.D.

Deyan Velikov, part-time lecturer

 

Harp and Celtic Harp

Vesela Zheleva, part-time lecturer

 

Classical Guitar

Assoc. Prof. Rosen Balkanski

Ekaterina Vaseva-Ikonomova

 

Tambura

Dimitar Hristov, Ph.D., part-time lecturer

 

Gadulka

Hristina Beleva, part-time lecturer

 

Accompanists

Maria-Elena Sredeva

Zornitsa Radionova

Rumen Tsanov

Bogdan Stanev

Malina Taskova

 

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FORMER ACADEMIC STAFF

 

Violin

Petko Naumov (1879 – 1933)

Prof. Nikola Abadzhiev (1883 – 1941)

Prof. Todor Torchanov (1884 – 1944)

Hans Koch (1891 – 1951)

Prof. Todor Vazharov (1893 – ?)

Assoc. Prof. Hristo Petkov (1893 – 1982)

Olga Chavova (1893 – ?)

Prof. Sasha Popov (1899 – 1976)

Elena Dobrinovska (1900 – 1991)

Prof. Nedyalka Simeonova (1901 – 1959)

Prof. Kamen Popdimitrov (1904 – 1992)

Prof. Hristo Obreshkov, Ph.D. (1907 – 1944)

Hristina Stoyanova (1907 – 1967)

Prof. Vladimir Avramov (1909 – 2007)

Prof. Mihail Balkanski (1909 – 1985)

Stoyan Stoyanov (1912 – ?)

Prof. Leon Souroujon (1913 – 2007)

Assoc. Prof. Vasil Stefanov (1913 – 1991)

Prof. Petar Hristoskov (1917 – 2006)

Prof. Elena Geneva (1919 – 2002)

Prof. Anton Hadzhiatanasov (1924 – 2016)

Prof. Boyan Lechev (1926 – 2004)

Prof. Emil Kamilarov (1928 – 2007)

Radka Daneva (1920 – ?)

Rayna Manolova (1926 – ?), part-time lecturer

Valentin Choparinov (1930 – 1993), part-time lecturer

Stoyan Kalchev (1933 – 2009)

Mihail Boyadzhiev (1934 – 2016)

Prof. Georgi Badev (1939 – 2015)

Assoc. Prof. Boyan Danailov (1939 – 2014)

Prof. Dora Ivanova (1940 – 2013)

Georgi Stratev, part-time lecturer

Mihail Chilikov

Assistant Hristo Donkin

Prof. Verka Stefanova

Assoc. Prof. Alexander Pumpalov

Prof. Georgi Bliznev

Prof. Evgenia-Maria Popova

 

Viola

Kosta Kirov (1894 – 1948)

Prof. Stefan Magnev (1906 – 1988)

Prof. Stefan Sugarev (1907 – 1958)

Prof. Alexander Neinski (1920 – 2003)

Prof. Stefan Magnev (1906 – 1988)

Assoc. Prof. Emil Abadzhiev (1923 – 1991)

Prof. Dimitar Chilikov (1937 – 1994)

Zahari Chavdarov (1930 – ?)

Dimitar Bozduganov (1931 – 2016)

Petar Stefanov (1933 – ?)

Prof. Ognyan Stanchev

Assoc. Prof. Georgi Stoyanov

Dragomir Zahariev

 

Cello

Prof. Iwan Cibulka (1880 – 1943)

Konstantin Yankov (1893 – 1934)

Prof. Konstantin Popov (1904 – 1991)

Prof. Konstantin Kugiyski (1905 – 1975)

Prof. Velko Karastoyanov (1906 – 1982)

Kiril Vapordzhiev (1906 – 1986)

Nikola Dimchev (1914 – 2006), part-time lecturer

Nikola Chakalov (1915 – 2008), part-time lecturer

Prof. Zdravko Yordanov (1931 – 2004)

Assoc. Prof. Svetoslav Manolov (1937 – 1995)

Prof. Bogomil Karakonov (1940 – 2011)

Anna Atanasova (1954 – 2010)

 

Double Bass

Prof. Iwan Cibulka (1880 – 1943)

Todor Georgiev (1893 – 1952)

Asen Vapordzhiev (1901 – 1987)

Tsanko Trifonov (1903 – ?), part-time lecturer

Prof. Todor Toshev (1919 – 1993)

Prof. Bogomil Karakonov (1940 – 2011)

Luka Tsvetanov (1930 – ?), part-time lecturer

Prof. Nikolay Nikolov (1934 – 2015)

Zhelyazko Zhelyazkov, part-time lecturer

Marcho Markov, part-time lecturer

Prof. Georgi Velkov

 

Harp

Anton Krautmann (?)

Asen Arnaudov (1910 – 1980), part-time lecturer

Prof. Malina Hristova

 

Classical Guitar

Emil Saev

Assoc. Prof. Alexander Pumpalov

 

Accompanists

Elena Vezneva

Faustina Ivanova

Lala Abadzhieva

Katya Kazandzhieva

Parashkev Hadzhiev

Ilina Baycheva

Lili Popova

Zlatka Arnaudova-Hristoskova

Savka Shopova-Markova

Nora Duneva

Ivan Zhekov

Violeta Popova

Marina Kapitanova

Daniela Dikova

Daniela Gancheva

Nadezhda Yotova

Violina Stoyanova

Anna Toshkova

Krastyo Kavlakov

Ivan Bogdanov

 

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HEADS OF THE VIOLIN DEPARTMENT

Prof. Vladimir Avramov (1909 – 2007)

Prof. Petar Hristoskov (1917 – 2006)

Prof. Boyan Lechev (1926 – 2004)

Prof. Dora Ivanova (1940 – 2013)

Prof. Alexander Ilchev

Prof. Yosif Radionov

Prof. Evgenia-Maria Popova

Assoc. Prof. Rosen Balkanski, Ph.D.

 

HEADS OF THE STRING INSTRUMENTS DEPARTMENT

Prof. Stefan Sugarev (1907 – 1958)

Prof. Vladimir Avramov (1909 – 2007)

Prof. Alexander Neinski (1920 – 2003)

Prof. Konstantin Popov (1904 – 1991)

Prof. Todor Toshev (1919 – 1993)

Prof. Nikolay Nikolov (1934 – 2015)

Prof. Malina Hristova

Prof. Bogomil Karakonov (1940 – 2011)

Prof. Stefan Zhilkov

Prof. Tsvetomir Lazarov, Ph.D.