Kostadin Genchev

Kostadin Genchev


Gabrovo - Bulgaria

composer, musician

Kostadin Genchev was born in 1969 in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. At the age of 10 he started playing the kaval and in 1988 graduated Fillip Koutev secondary music school in Kotel, Bulgaria. In 2016 he obtained his Master’s degree from the Musical Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria, majoring in Composing in the class of Prof. Krassimir Taskov.

His career in different music gtoups started in 1990 with the Ensemble for Folklore Singing and Dancing, Sliven, Bulgaria. For a short while he worked at the Filip Koutev Folklore Ensemble, and from 1993 he has been a soloist, orchestra member, composer and arranger with the Folk Orchestra at the Bulgarian National Radio. Since then Kostadin Genchev has authored over 800 arrangements of folklore songs and over 100 instrumental pieces specifically for this orchestra. He has also worked in the instrumental group at the Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices choir, travelling with them and taking part in hundreds of concerts around Europe, Asia and Latin America, from Brazil to Hong Kong.

He is the founder of the ethno music groups Bulgara and Wild River.

Kostadin Genchev has also been writing music for the Northern Ensemble for Folklore Singing and Dancing, Pleven, the Thracian Ensemble for Folklore Singing and Dancing, Yambol, Ethnorhythm Folklore Dancing Group, Plovdiv.
He is the composer of the music piece “The Boyars of Dance” for “The Magic of Dance” show performed by Chinari Ensemble in 2013. In the same year he also wrote the folklore part of the music for the “Midsummer Mystery” show by Neshka Robeva National Art.

Kostadin Genchev is the winner of the 2005 Askeer award for theatre music with Bulgara group and in 2016 was awarded second prize from the National Competition for Writing a Symphonic Piece in a Complex 7/8 Rhythm.

Kostadin Genchev is frequently invited as a guest player at recordings of a number of pop singers and ethno projects.

Especially significant and successful has been his participation as a kaval player, composer and arranger in the “Belonoga” ethno project (together with his wife Gergana Dimitrova – singer with the Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices and Eva Quartet) and their first album in 2013 “Through the Eyes of the Sun”.