Moris Aladjem

composer, arranger, performer

18.08.1932 - 21.11.2004.Sofia - Bulgaria

Moris Aladjem graduated from the Engineer Construction Institute in Sofia in 1956. He played the violin as a child. As a student, he was first violinist of the orchestra of the First Male High School in Sofia. At that epoch he made his first compositions: Overture “The Lost Summer”, Concerto for violin and string quartet. In 1951 he started appearing as a saxophone player. He worked as a saxophonist and arranger consecutively at the Youth Jazz Ensemble (1953-56), the Saloon Orchestra of Sasho Nikolov-Sladura, the Big Band of the Bulgarian National Radio (1960-72) and the Balkanton Orchestra (1962-72). He was artistic director of the Pop Music Department at the Bulgarian Armed Forces Construction Troops (GUSV) (1974-76). He also worked at the Bulgarian Pop Music Department at the Music State Agency (1980-86).

His work as a composer and arranger of pop music, theatre music, children’s songs or instrumental pieces won him recognition as one of the leading Bulgarian pop song composers during the 1960s and 1970s. He has been active as an arranger since 1956, mainly for the BNR Big Band and the Balkanton Orchestra. His first orchestral piece was “Dreams” (1960) and his first song was “The Lover’s Telephone” (1961). His songs have been performed by almost all famous Bulgarian singers, including L. Ivanova, D. Venkova, T. Kolev, P. Panayotov, duet “Riton”, G. Hristov and others; they receive the highest awards.
Moris Aladjem has won prizes at the Golden Orpheus competitions, the Grand Prize for Lifetime Achievement (1995); eight prizes at the Spring radio competition; the Melody of the Year television competition, etc. His songs have been published in Cuba, Germany, Great Britain and Spain. In 1978, together with Alexander Vladigerov, he made the orchestration of Alexis Weissenberg’s musical “The Fugue”, staged in 1979 in Paris and published by the French company Pathe Marconi (1980).

In 1987 the Bulgarian recording company Balkanton published the album “Young Singers Sing Songs by Moris Aladjem”, featuring P. Buyuklieva G. Hristov, Hr. Petrov, the groups “Sprint”, “Phonoexpress” and others. He has an album with children’s songs (1981) and notices on children’s and popular songs (1981, 1989).


Award-winning songs:
Castlebar (Eire):
“Flower of Hope” (silver medal, 1973);

“The Golden Orpheus”:
“Song of Three Wishes” (Third Prize, 1970).

Radio contest “Spring”:
“Flower of Hope” (First Prize, 1990);
“With fire bestow me”, sung. by D. Nedelchev (First Prize, 1990);
“Madly in Love”, sung. B. Nedelchev (First Prize, 1992) and others.

“Melody of the Year”:
“Love Forever (1984).

Selected other songs:
“Your Hands”, “Yantra”, “Love”, “Complaint of Youth”, “Sunny Woman”, “Is Love a Boat”, “Love Forever”, “Come Visit Us”, “To Love is Not a Sin”, etc.