Alexey Alexiev

composer, pianist, choral conductor

22.01.1950 - 28.02.2005Sofia - Bulgaria

graduated from the Academy of Music and Dance Art in Plovdiv majoring in Piano under Professor Todor Kiuvliev, Choral Conducting under Professor Dimitar Ruskov, Music Forms and Orchestration under Professor Bojidar Abraschev. He also studied Composition under Ivan Dimov, Professor Ivan Spassov and Professor Bojidar Abraschev. After he graduated, he continued to study Composition at the State Academy of Music under Professor Parashkev Hadjiev and Professor Tzvetan Tzvetanov. He studied simultaneously under Professor Alexander Raychev, Professor Alexander Tanev and Professor Vassil Kazandjiev. He completed his studies in 1976. In 1974 he took part in concerts carried out by the Union of Bulgarian Composers. In 1985 he played piano works written by colleagues of his. He worked actively with non-professional choir ensembles such as the Sofia Youth Male Voices Choir, the Saint Sofia Choir (the former Spontaneous Song Mixed Choir), the male voices choir Slavia, the Mixed Choir of the Transport Workers, the Female Voices Choir at the Emergency Institute “Pirogov”. He also worked with the professional mixed choir at the Union of Blind People “Academician Petko Staynov” (1986-99).

He composed choral works; a symphony; solo songs; vocal cycles; piano works, etc. Since 1997 he has written mainly church music. Some of his works are performed by the mixed choir “Acad. P. Stainov”, con. P. Matev.


Choral-orchestral works:
“A Christmas Carol – an ode for children’s choir, symphony orchestra and organ (1996);
“Ballad of the Nine” for mixed choir, strings and percussion, text E. Eftimov; “The Ballad of the Cavalry of Asparuh”, text by Ml. Isaev, for mixed choir, winds, percussion and piano.

Works for symphony orchestra:
Symphony No. 1 “Bulgaria Ancient and Young” (1975-80).

Works for string orchestra:
“Metamorphoses (1975).

Chamber Music:
Sonatina for flute and piano (1975);
“Images – 4 pieces for flute and piano (1975).

Solo songs and vocal cycles:

“Ave Amor” (1978).

Choral works:
For mixed a cappella choir:

“Les Proverbes de Fenis” – based on French medieval maxims;
“Guslar Ballad”, text by St. Stanchev.

For mixed choir and piano:

“Thirteen Centuries.”

For soloists and male a cappella choir:

“Two Poems”, text N. Liliev.

Church music:
“Divine Liturgy of Chrysostom”;
“Holy God.”
“Prayers of the Theotokos” (1997);
The Nativity Tropar (1998);
Resurrection Tropar;
Dostoyno Est (1999).