Ivan Marinov

Ivan Marinov

17.Х.1928 - 26.ІІ.2003

Sofia - Bulgaria

Ivan Marinov graduated from the State Academy of Music in Sofia in 1955 majoring in Composition under Professor Vesselin Stoyanov and Professor Parashkev Hadjiev and Conducting under Professor Marin Goleminov. He specialised in Berlin with Franz Convinci (1957). He was appointed Head of the Opera Theatres Department at the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture (1955-56) and Music Director of the Bulgarian Cinematography Enterprise (1956-59). Later he worked as chief conductor of the opera in Plovdiv (1962-66), Sofia and Ruse (1966 – 1978), and Ankara, Turkey (1976 -77); chief conductor and artistic director of the Varna Philharmonic (1978-88), chief conductor of the Sofia Opera (1987-91). He conducted orchestras in Europe, Canada, Mexico and the USA. He was member of the jury of the Karajan and Fitelberg International Conductors’ Competitions. He was prizewinner at the World Youth Festival in Moscow (1957), at national festivals, etc. His practice won him recognition as one of the Bulgarian leading opera and orchestral conductors. He was internationally acclaimed, too.

He was Secretary of the Union of Bulgarian Composers (1968-72), Deputy Head of the Art and Culture Committee (the today’s Bulgarian Ministry of Culture) (1972-75), Chairman of the National Music Council (2001-03).

He composed symphonic music; cantatas and other works for voice and symphony orchestra; chamber works; choral, children’s and pop songs; film and theatre music. He was prizewinner at the Queen Elizabeth Composition Competition in Belgium (1956). He also won the honorary Amphora of La Scala, Milan, the Golden Dagger of the Berlin Festive Days, the Golden Orpheus Award for children’s music (1963), the Sofia Music Award (1967), etc.


For symphony orchestra:

Symphony “A Boy Is Counting the Stars” (1962); Symphonic Poem “Ilinden” (1956); Suite Based on Four Bulgarian Folksongs (1955);h3(red-dot).

Lyric Overture (1955); Paraphrases (1957); Orchestral Variations “Fantastic Scenes” (1959); Divertimento (1961); Festive Suite (1968).

Vocal-instrumental music:

Cantatas for mixed choir and orchestra:

Rhodopes (1950); Youth Cantata for Peace (1951).

For voice and orchestra:

First Symphony for bass and orchestra after poems by Penyo Penev (1967).

Duel – poem for tenor and symphony orchestra (1953); Pentagram I for bass, piano, timpani and strings (1966); Pentagram II “Dialogue” for bass, soprano and big orchestra.

Chamber music:

Grandpa’s Glove Suite for wind quintet (1951).

For string quartet:

Theme with Variations (1951); String Quartet 1 (1960).

Scherzo for flute and piano (1952); Concert Study for clarinet and piano.

Vocal music:

Lyric Revelations, a song collection.

Music to feature films:

Holiday, directed by D. Petrov (1955); Golemanov, directed by K. Ilinchev (1958); Law of the Sea, directed by Y. Yakimov (1958); A House on Two Streets, directed by ?. Ilinchev (1959); The Windmill, directed by S. Shivachev (1960); The Investigation, directed by K. Ilinchev (1962).