Krassimir Taskov

Krassimir Taskov

06.01.1955 г.

Sofia - Bulgaria

composer, pianist, pedagogue

Krassimir Taskov graduated from the State Academy of Music majoring in Piano under Professor Konstantin Ganev and Professor Julia Ganeva (1981) and Composition under Professor Pencho Stoyanov (1984). He attended composition courses of Ton de Leeuw and Theo Loevendie in the Netherlands and Anatol Vieru in Romania. As a pianist, he gave solo and chamber concerts in Bulgaria and abroad. He won prizes at the international piano competition in Santander, Spain (1978) and at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1978). He was prizewinner at national competitions, too. Currently, he is Professor of Piano (since 2000) and Chairman of the Composition Department (since 1999) at the State Academy of Music.

He composed works for symphonic and chamber orchestra; chamber music; choral songs, etc. His Archaic Pictures for piano were among the recommended works on the list of the 1984 International Composers’ Rostrum of UNESCO, held in Paris. The international composition competition in Tokyo awarded his Fantasia (1991), Triptych for two pianos (1995), Mutuality (1999) and Dithyrambs (2002). In 2002 his Concerto for clarinet and symphony orchestra won the first prize at the Rhapsody in 7/8 Time Beat Composition Competition. The following year his Transfiguration for two pianos was nominated and performed at the World Music Days Festival in Slovenia.

His music was performed in France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Japan and other countries, and was published in Bulgaria, France and Russia.

Works

Stage music:

Max and Moritz – opera-musical, libretto by T. Traykov (1997).

For symphony orchestra:

Concerto overture (1985); Capriccio (1988); Transfiguration IV (1997); Celebration (2003).

Concertos for: violin and orchestra (1992-93); oboe and orchestra (1994-95), clarinet and orchestra ?2 (2002).

For chamber orchestra:

Transfiguration I for four groups (14 performers) (1990).

Concertino for piano and string orchestra (1973, revised 1986).

Concerto for clarinet and chamber orchestra ?1 (1984-86).

For string orchestra:

Introduction and Passacaglia for 14 string instruments (1984); Musical Moments for the Eolina Quartet and 13 strings (1989); Transfiguration III for 14 string instruments (1993).

Adagio (2003).

Chamber music:

Dithyrambs II for 9 performers (2003).

Three Pictures after Eduard Munk for string quartet (2000).

Piano Trio (1984-86); Night Music for clarinet, piano and percussions (1987); Nava Trio (1998).

Burlesque for violin and piano (1981)

For flute and harp (piano):

East Sonnet; Morning Serenade (1983).

For trumpet and piano:

Andante (1987); Three Contrasts (1993).

Mutuality I for flute and harpsichord (1997); Promised Land for violoncello and piano (1997).

Incrustations for harp (1982).

For piano:

Archaic Pictures – cycle of five pieces (1980); Scherzo (1984); Circus – cycle of three pieces (1984); Toccata (1986); Two miniatures (1982-88).

For two pianos:

Duettino (1983); Fantasy (1989-90); Transfiguration II (1989-90).

For four hands:

Novelette (1978); Dance (1973); Triptych (1994).

Vocal music:

Nava for soprano and the Eolina Quartet (1999); Three Poems, based on poems by Emily Dickinson for mezzo-soprano, clarinet, violoncello and harp (2001).

For organ:

Seasons of Heart for trombone and organ (2002).