Petar Liondev

Petar LiondevHarmanli, 1936

Petar Liondev is one of the most active figures on the Bulgarian folk music stage. In 1954 he entered the State Academy of Music in Sofia in the violin class of Elena Geneva, but also studied composition with Parashkev Hadjiev and Bentzion Eliezer. In 1962 he began work as a researcher of folk music at the Institute of Musicology of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He has been active as a lecturer and broadcaster and in the collection and transcription of authentic Bulgarian folk music. He is also the author of several important folk music studies.

His compositional life began in 1975 when he issued a number of works for children's and folk choirs which became very popular throughout Bulgaria. He is the recipient of several awards for more than 400 folk song arrangements, some of which appear in the series Les Mystère des Voix Bulgares.

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