- Kandov, Alexander
- Kanev, Stefan
- Karaatanassov, Vesselin
- Karadimchev, Boris
- Karadjov, Dimitar Ivanov
- Karadjov, Dimitar
- Karastoyanov, Assen
- Karastoyanova, Helene
- Kaucki, Venceslav
- Kaufman, Nikolai
- Kazandjiev, Vassil
- Kazassian, Vili
- Kenov, Nikola
- Kerkelov, Peter
- Kiradjiev, Vladimir
- Klinkova, Jivka
- Kniazev, Nikolay
- Kochev, Boris
- Kochev, Mihayl
composer, arranger, jazz performer, pianist
Milcho Leviev graduated from the State Academy of Music in 1960 majoring in Composition under Professor Pancho Vladigerov and in Piano under Professor Andrey Stoyanov. As a student, he won the second prize at the International Competition in Vienna for his Toccatina for piano. His professional development as a composer began at the Drama Theatre in Plovdiv. He was appointed conductor of the Big Band of the Bulgarian National Radio after Emil Georgiev left office (1962-66). His vanguard ideas innovated the orchestra; pieces like Studia, Blues in 9 or Anti-waltz became a standard of a successful synthesis between music folklore and jazz, this synthesis being particularly pronounced in his music. From 1963 to 1968 he worked as soloist and conductor of the Sofia and the Plovdiv Philharmonic. In 1965, embracing the idea of the writer Radoy Raline, he founded Jazz Focus ‘65, with which he toured actively till 1970, achieving great success for the Bulgarian jazz and winning prizes at the international jazz festivals in Montreux, Prague and Sofia. Among the most exciting pieces in the repertoire of Jazz Focus ‘65 was Blues in 10 and Blues in 12, as well as the arrangement of Paul McCartney’s Yesterday.
In 1970 he left Bulgaria for political reasons. Since then, he has lived and worked abroad and achieved professional renown at prestigious international music stages. He was allowed to perform in Bulgaria not earlier than 1980.
He worked as composer, arranger and pianist at the Don Ellis Orchestra and the Billy Cobham Band (1971-77). He toured the USA and Europe; he was Music Director of Lainie Kazan (1977-80). He gave concerts and made recordings with John Clammer, Art Papper, Roy Haines, etc. He toured Europe with Art Papper (1980-83); at the same time he was one of the founders and managers of Free Flight, selected Combo of the Year in 1982. Since 1983 he has been music director of the Jazz Sessions at the Comeback Inn in Venice, California. He gave concerts in Japan with the bassist Dave Holland (1983-86) and organized solo jazz recitals in Europe (1985-86). He teaches Jazz Composition at the University of South California. He also gives master classes at the New Bulgarian University. He is author of symphony and chamber works; big band and jazz orchestra music, etc. In the 1960s he also wrote film music.
In 1987 he won the Dramalogue Prize for best music director awarded by the PCPA Theaterfest. His works and performances were recorded by Atlas Records, Alpha, Discovery, Balkanton, Columbia, Atlantic, ABC and others. Part of his works were published by Dick Drove Publications and the Bulgarian publishing house Nauka I Izkustvo (up to 1968). He won a prize at the National Jazz Educational Congress, the Grammy Prize for arrangement, the Honorary Gold Medal of the Acad?mie internationale des Arts in Paris (1995). He was also awarded the honorary title Doctor Honoris Causa by the Academy of Music and Dance Art in Plovdiv (1995) and by the New Bulgarian University, etc.
The Roses (1962).
For symphony orchestra:
Variations on a Theme by Corelli for piano and symphony orchestra (1955); Concerto for jazz-combo and orchestra (1965); Music for big band and symphony orchestra (1966); Balkan Cowboy Suite for symphony-pop orchestra (1969); The Touchstone of Isaac for piano and symphony orchestra (1975); Sympho-Jazz Sketches for jazz-combo and symphony orchestra (1982); Sonata (an orchestral version of his Sonata for violin and piano); Orpheus Rhapsody for piano and symphony orchestra (1988); The Green House Jazz Cantata (1988).
Sonata for violin and piano (1957); 11 Inventions for instruments or voices (1978).
Toccatina (1959); Blues in 9 (1963); Everyday Morning (1965); Deviation (1967); A Child’s Day Suite (1976; also in a version for wind quintet and string orchestra); Variations on a theme by Corelli for two pianos (1956/1982); Study on Bass Clef (1984); Brothers (1994).
For big band:
Anti-waltz (1966); A Fire-Dancer Suite (1970), etc.
For jazz orchestra:
Sweet Bird (1970); Wolfgang of All Times for French horn, tube and jazz orchestra (1972); Sad Modes (1974).
Music to the films:
Torrid Noon, directed by Z. Heskia (1965); Sidetrack, directed by G. Ostrovski (1967, first prize at the Moscow Cinema Festival, 1967); Monday Morning, directed by D. Aktasheva and H. Piskov (1966); The Iconostasis, directed by T. Dinov and H. Hristov (1968); The Eighth, directed by Z. Heskia (1969); Autumn Sun, directed by P. Pavlov (1982).
Jazz Focus (1968); Music for big band and symphony orchestra (1977-81); Blues for the Fishman (1980); Milcho Leviev Plays Music by Irving Berlin (1983); The Oracle (1987); Easter Parade (1993); Alive in Venice (1988); Lingua Franka (1989); Gourbet Mohabet (1992); Live at Vartan Jazz (1994); For Emil (Milcho Leviev & Friends; E. B. Blues) (1995); Basel Blues (1996); Jive Sambas (1997); Forbidden Songs (1998).
With Don Ellis Big Band:
Tears of Joy (1971), Connection (1972); Soaring (1974).
With Billy Cobam:
Total Eclipse (1973).
With Airto Moreira:
Virgin Land (1972); Shabazz 1974); A Funky Thida of Sings (1975).
With Art Pepper:
With Free Flight:
Milcho Leviev and James Walker; The Classical Jazz Union (1982), Soaring (1983).
Wuth Dave Holland:
Up and Down (1988).
With Teodosii Spassov:
Milcho and Teodosii in Concert (1991).
With Anatoliy Vapirov:
Concert at the Black Sea (1994).
Man from Plovdiv, Bulgarian Piano Blues (1999).
Chamber Music (Anatoli Krastev, Milcho Leviev, Vessela Trichkova) (Gega New, 2000).