Prof. Atanas Karafezliev

Head of Department


In 1921, when the State Academy of Music was founded, the German graduate and flautist Nikola Stefanov (1881 – 1958) was professor in all woodwind instruments. Almost all the professors that today are considered among the founders of the Department, have been his students – the oboist Vasil Spasov, the clarinettist Stoyan G. Stoyanov, and the bassoonist Atanas Gardev – although Vasil Spasov later graduated from the Vienna Conservatory with a degree in Oboe and Percussions, and received a doctor’s degree from the University of Vienna, and Atanas Gardev also continued his studies – at the Prague Conservatory. In 1945, during the Communist Rule, Vasil Spasov was sent to a concentration camp and his course was taken over by his student, Hristo Petkov, who taught it for 31 years.

In 1934, the first Bulgarian woodwind chamber ensemble was founded – the Sofia Woodwind Quintet, with Prof. Nikola Stefanov on the flute, Vasil Spasov, Ph.D. on the oboe, Angel Belneev on the clarinet, Prof. Atanas Gargev on the bassoon, and Todor Tonev on the French horn.

The first Head of the Wind and Percussion Instruments Department was Prof. Atanas Gardev, and the second – Prof. Stoyan G. Stoyanov. In 1954, Prof. Petar Karparov, Ph.D. took the position and was Head of the Department until 1963 when it was divided into two – Woodwind Instruments and Brasswind and Percussion Instruments.

Today, the Department once again contains all wind instruments and offers degree courses in Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Tenor Horn and Baritone Horn, as well as instruction in the following courses: Methodology of Teaching Wind Instruments, Instrument History, Practical Pedagogy and Orchestra Challenges.

As of 2017, the Department offers degree courses in Bagpipes (Gaida) and Kaval.

 

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CURRENT ACADEMIC STAFF

 

Flute

Prof. Georgi Spasov

Prof. Ventsislav Kindalov, Ph.D.

Chief Assistant Iva Lyubomirova, Ph.D.

 

Oboe

Prof. Spiro Petkov, Ph.D.

 

Clarinet

Prof. Sava Dimitrov, Ph.D.

Assoc. Prof. Borislav Yotsov

Assistant Martin Saveliev, Ph.D.

 

Bassoon

Petar Kotsev, part-time lecturer

 

French Horn

Prof. Yasen Teodosiev, Ph.D.

 

Trumpet

Prof. Atanas Dyulgerov

Todor Gadzhalov, part-time lecturer

 

Trombone and Tuba

Prof. Dimitar Momchilov, Ph.D.

Prof. Atanas Karafezliev, Ph.D.

Velislav Stoyanov, part-time lecturer

Nikolay Temniskov, part-time lecturer

 

Tenor Horn

Prof. Atanas Dyulgerov

 

Baritone Horn

Prof. Atanas Karafezliev, Ph.D.

 

Percussions

Prof. Tatyana Karparova-Glavanova, Ph.D.

Chief Assistant Miroslav Dimov, Ph.D.

 

Bagpipes (Gaida)

Petar Kostadinov, part-time lecturer

 

Kaval

Nedyalko Nedyalkov, part-time lecturer

 

Woodwind Instruments Accompanists

Tatyana Bojko

Ognyana Sokolova

Svetlozara Toneva

 

Brass Instruments and Percussions Accompanists

Malinka Taskova

Snezhana Abrasheva

Angelina Decheva

 

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FORMER ACADEMIC STAFF

 

Flute

Prof. Nikola Stefanov (1881 – 1958)

Prof. Yanko Yankov (1900 – 1966)

Assoc. Prof. Pavel Popov (?)

Prof. Yordan Kindalov (1920 – 2010)

Prof. Dimitar Georgiev (1936 – 1996)

 

Oboe

Vasil Spasov, Ph.D. (1902 – 1947)

Vasil Konyarov (1904 – 1965)

Prof. Konstantin Chilev (1932 – 2014)

Prof. Hristo Petkov (1910 – 1993)

Prof. Georgi Zhelyazov (1938 – 2005)

 

Clarinet

Prof. Stoyan G. Stoyanov (1902 – 1953)

Simeon Panchev (1898 – 1952), part-time lecturer

Angel Belneev (1900 – ?), part-time lecturer

Blagoy Simeonov, part-time lecturer

Prof. Sava Dimitrov (1919 – 2008)

Prof. Petko Radev (1933 – 2017)

Prof. Dimitar S. Dimitrov (1947 – 2012)

 

Bassoon

Prof. Atanas Gardev (1896 – 1964)

Petar Mironov (?), part-time lecturer

Prof. Hristo Proshkov (1912 – 1977)

Lazar Stoychev (1929 – 2004), part-time lecturer

Yordan Metodiev, part-time lecturer

Prof. Marin Valchanov (1949 – 2017)

 

French Horn

Parvan Georgiev (1889 – 1962), part-time lecturer

Boris Tsankov (1908 – ?)

Prof. Kiril-Karel Starý (1914 – 1984)

Toma Tomov (1916 – 2005), part-time lecturer

Prof. Nikolay Tonev (2021 – 2013)

Prof. Todor Tonev

Prof. Vladislav Grigorov

Prof. Stefan Kanchev

 

Trumpet

Prof. Petar Karparov (1920 – 2013)

Patyu Nikolov (1898 – 1982), part-time lecturer

Vasil Kostov (1935 – 2001), part-time lecturer

Prof. Angel Makedonski, Ph.D.

 

Trombone and Tuba

Alexander Dochev (1881 – 1950)

Grigor Stoyanov (1904 – ?), part-time lecturer

Prof. Georgi Todorov (1917 – ?)

Assoc. Prof. Petar Popov

Konstantin Bakardzhiev, part-time lecturer

Pavel Yakovchev, part-time lecturer

 

Percussions

Vasil Spasov, Ph.D. (1902 – 1947)

Ivan Zagorski (1895 – 1961)

Prof. Dobri Paliev, Ph.D. (1928 – 1997)

Ivan Savchev, part-time lecturer

 

Woodwind Instruments Accompanists

Albena Georgieva

Iliana Yotova

Dimitar Minkov

Zlatina Mishakova

Alexandra-Velizara Raynova

Rina Randzheva

Bozhidara Tomova

Daniela Dikova

Ruzhka Milcheva

 

Brass Instruments and Percussions Accompanists

Iliana Yotova

Maria Lungarova

Margarita Parasnikova

Lili Popova

Temenuzhka Yaneva

Lilyana Getova

Natalia Pyaskovskaya

Nina Varimezova

Markrit Berberyan

 

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HEADS OF THE WOODWIND INSTRUMENTS DEPARTMENT

Prof. Hristo Proshkov (1912 – 1977)

Prof. Sava Dimitrov (1919 – 2008)

Prof. Yordan Kindalov (1920 – 2010)

Prof. Georgi Zhelyazov (1938 – 2005)

Prof. Dimitar S. Dimitrov (1947 – 2012)

Prof. Marin Valchanov (1949 – 2017)

Prof. Spiro Petkov, Ph.D.

 

HEADS OF THE BRASS INSTRUMENTS AND PERCUSSIONS DEPARTMENT

Prof. Dobri Paliev, Ph.D. (1928 – 1997)

Prof. Tatyana Karparova-Glavanova, Ph.D.

Prof. Yasen Teodosiev, Ph.D.

 

HEADS OF THE WIND AND PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS DEPARTMENT

Prof. Atanas Gardev (1896 – 1964)

Prof. Stoyan Stoyanov (1902 – 1953)

Prof. Petar Karparov (1920 – 2013)

Prof. Atanas Dyulgerov