Nayden Andreev

composer, arranger, producer

12.06.1945 - 28.07.2013Sofia - Bulgaria

Nayden Andreev graduated from the Mining and Geology Institute in Sofia (1969) and the Academy of Music and Dance Art in Plovdiv (1984). He worked as Editor-in-Chief at the Pop Music Section of the Bulgarian National TV (1972-92). Evecutive director ot BNT (1996-1997) . He was appointed Music Director of the Satyre Theatre in Gabrovo (1984). Since 1997 he has worked as a freelance composer. From 1999 to 2001 he was a member of the National Music Council. He is a member of the International Slavic Academy based in Moscow and New York. He was promoted Professor in 2003.

He owns the recording studio Andi and is active as a producer. In the 1970s and 1980s he made his name as one of the leading pop music composers in Bulgaria. He was composer, arranger and conductor of the vocal trio Trik. The programme of the trio was recognised at International Festival of the European Televisions in Knok, Belguim (1986, third prize) and Austria (1987).

He began composing as early as the 1960s (the orchestral piece Dobroudjana or the song “Who Overwhelmed Sofia with Love?” (lyrics and performance Mihail Belchev), won the gold medal at the World Youth and Students’ Festival held in Sofia in 1968. The 1970s and 1980s saw him win recognition as one of the leading pop song composers, author of hits performed by Margarita Hranova, Vasil Naydenov, Argirovi Brothers or Lili Ivanova. He composed film, TV shows music and musicals. His songs have been repeatedly awarded at competitions and festivals at home and abroad. He is the winner of the “Golden Orpheus” awards, the Grand Prize for Lifetime Achievement (1995); Bratislava, Palma de Mallorca, etc. The song “Ustrem” (performed by M. Hranova) was awarded First Prize in Sopot (Poland) and Second Prize at “Schlagerfestival” (Dresden, Germany, 1978); “Spark of Love” with Second Prize at “Songs for the Sea” in Rostock (Germany). In the 1990s, he wrote musicals and rock operas that were televised. The album “More expensive than pearl and gold” was presented at the television festival in Montreux, Switzerland (1996).

The published author’s albums of Nayden Andreev are:
“My Melodies” (1983, 1986);
“Selected plays” (1987, published by the Russian company “Melodia”, the songs were performed by Andrey Mironov);
Orchestral Plays (1988);
“Opera for Orthodoxy” (1997);
“Moon Silhouettes” (1998) and others.

The children’s musicals “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Puss in Boots”, “Cinderella” and “Snow White” (by Sh. Perot), libretto by D. Djamdjiev, performend by Ivan Balsamadjiev. (2002), as well as “Supplication” – oratorio for mixed choir and orchestra (2002). Since 2002, he has been working on the mega-show “Eternal Songs of Bulgaria” for soloists, mixed choir and orchestra.


Stage music:

“The Golden Age” rock-opera (1984);
Dearer Than Gold and Pearls (opera buffa, 1987).

Musical plays:

Who Met the Spring;
The Last Bachelor;
Chess War;
Sofia, only Sofia (1980);
Last Rehearsal Before the Concert (1987);
Flight GB (1985);
Sеance (Ivan Vazov National Theatre, 1992).


Moon Silhouettes (Saint Petersburg, 2002).

Awarded songs at the festivals:
The Golden Orpheus:
Legend (third prize, 1972);
Ballad (third prize, 1973);
Late Serenade (second prize, 1975);
Еlan (third prize, 1977).
The Grand Prize “Golden Orpheus” for overall creativity (1995).

Bratislava Lyre:

Ballad (second prize, 1973).

in Palma de Mallorca (Spain):

Albena (prize of the organising committee, 1974).

in Sopot (Poland):

Еlan (first prize, 1978). performed by M. Hranova

Schlagerfestival (Dresden, Germany):

Еlan performed by M. Hranova (Second prize, 1978).

Songs About the Sea (Rostock, Germany):

Sparkle of Love (second prize, 1978).

Burgas and the Sea:

My Manlike Girl (first prize, 1976). performed by M. Hranova and St. Danailov (First prize, 1976).

Melody of the Year:

Distant Song, performed by M. Hranova (1973).

Spring Radio Competition:

Love Is Life (first prize, 1982); text by Damyan Damyanov, performed by Lilly Ivanova
Mexico, text by D. Damyanov, performed by Argirovi brothers (First prize, 1986).

Film music:
Trip to Australia, directed by E. Nikolov (Bulgarian National Television, 2003).