Tatyana Toncheva

Tatyana Toncheva

02.10.1952 г.

Sofia - Bulgaria

composer, conductor, pedagogue

Tatyana Toncheva graduated from the State Academy of Music in 1976 majoring in Music Pedagogy. In 1976-78 she worked as a teacher of Solfeggio, Traditional Music and Piano and concurrently conducted the representative school choir of the music high school in Kotel. In 1978-94 she conducted professional traditional music orchestras of the traditional song and dance ensembles Graovo and Graovska Mladost in Pernik. In 1988 she won the prize for style performance at the First Festival of the Professional Traditional Music Orchestras in Kalipetrovo, region of Silistra. In 1994-2001 she taught music at primary schools in Sofia and conducted the children’s vocal ensemble Kukuriache. From 1997 to 2001 she took regularly part in the national competition Zlaten Izvor (Golden Spring) in Dimitrovgrad. In 2002 she joined the staff of the Faculty of Primary and Preschooler Pedagogy at Sofia University as a lecturer in Music Pedagogy.

She wrote children’s songs, folksong arrangements published in the collections Traditional Choirs and Ensembles (1975-90). She also composed the score to the shows Todor’s Day and Celebration in Zagore (in co-authorship with Ivan Tonchev), songs for soloists, traditional music choir and traditional music orchestra, etc. Some of them were awarded prizes at national competitions.

Works

Songs:

Kato svirki sviryat (As Whistles) – an audiocassette of the vocal ensemble Vrabcheta (together with the vocal group Pendari and a traditional music orchestra); Poydoh na Pazar (I Went Shopping) – included in an audiocassette of the vocal ensemble Smehorancheta (together with the vocal group Pendari and the group Jiva voda); Magarentze (Ass’s Foal) – included in a CD of the vocal group Indigo (together with vocal group Pendari and the group Zhiva Voda – the song won in 1999 the prize of the Union of Bulgarian Composers); Butterfly; Teddy Bear; Bramrarcheta-yunatzi (Beetles-heroes) – included in an audiocassette of the festival Golden Spring in Dimitrovgrad (1999); Vretentze (Spindle) – included in an audiocassette of the festival Sweet-voiced Lark in Burgas (2002); Gotin (Cool) – in the CD One Million Miracles (first prize of the Children’s Jury, 2002); Huknali detzata (Children Rushed off) – in the CD One Million Miracles (special prize of the Mayor of Sofia, 2003).

Folk songs with piano accompaniment, 2005.

Song cycle for two pianos, two folk singers and percussion, 2011.