Krassimir Kyurkchiyski

Krassimir KyurkchiyskiTroian, 1936

Krassimir Kiurkchiiskii is one of Bulgaria's mainstream composers. He was composition student of Pancho Vladigerov at the State Academy of Music in Sofia. Later he continued his musical studies at the Moscow Conservatory with Dimitri Shostakovich. He is a prolific composer and has written in all genres: ballets, cantatas, instrumental concerti and symphonic works.

In terms of musical style, Kiurkchiiskii adheres to tradition. He follows in the footsteps of his teacher's legacy by eschewing modernist devices, employing folk modality, diaphony and asymmetrical rhythms in lush orchestrations.

He is best known as the principal conductor of the State Ensemble for Folk Song and Dance (Philip Koutev Ensemble), for which he has received international acclaim. Kiurkchiiskii has produced countless folk song arrangements which were performed by the Ensemble. His work in this genre has had a strong influence on his symphonic writing, including the choice of themes and orchestral forces. His songs a well represented on the now famous recordings of Les Mysteres des Voix Bulgares.

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