Georgi Arnaoudov

composer, pedagogue

18.03.1957 г.Sofia - Bulgaria

Georgi Arnaoudov graduated from the State Academy of Music majoring in Composition under Professor Alexander Tanev. He also attended Bojidar Spasov’s Contemporary Music Special Class. At the same time he attended summer courses given by Bryan Ferneyhough (UK) and A. Mayr (Italy) at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence (Italy), as well as the International Composers’ Workshop led by Ton de Leeuw (Netherlands). In 1985 he was appointed teacher of music theory subjects at the Lubomir Pipkov National Music High School in Sofia. Since 1995 he has been teaching at the Theatre Department of the New Bulgarian University.

He wrote works for dance theatre and modern ballet, as well as chamber and symphony orchestra music. At the same time, he made researches in the field of the music anthropology. He also took part in multi-media interdisciplinary projects. His music is representative of contemporary searches in the new Bulgarian music after the 80s of the 20th century and has received recognition at authoritative international forums. He is the winner of a number of prestigious international awards:
Grand Prix of the European Broadcasting Union (1985),
the Golden Harp Prize (1986),
the prize of the Jeunesses Musicales International Federation (1986)
and the Carl Maria von Weber Prize (1989)
In 2003 his Concert music was awarded the Prize at the Competition for composing a work for orchestra, in occasion of the 100 anniversary the National Music School “Lubomir Pipkov”.

Works by Georgi Arnaudov have been performed in Bulgaria, Germany, USA, France, England, Russia, Italy, Poland, Australia, at the UNESCO International Rostrum of the Composer (Paris), Dresden Music Festival, Wien Modern (Austria), Sound Roads (S. Petersburg) Sonorities (Belfast), Musica Viva (Detroit), Musica Nova (Sofia), Apollonia, Sofia Music Weeks, Varna Summer, Two Days and Nights of Contemporary Music (Odessa), Lutoslawski Festival (London), Mostly Modern (Dublin), World Music Days, etc. His works have been recorded on CD by the Gega New label. His piano works have been released on CD by Concord Records (USA) in a performance by Angela Tosheva.


Stage music:
Dance Theatre:

“Оffertorium I” (1981);
“Offertorium II” (1991);
Rhinoceros after Eugene Ionesco (1998);
“…the highest point of my intimacy…” (1998);
Black Box” (1999);
Entrance Hall – dance theatre (2001);
Mysteries (2003).


Transpatium (together with Assen Avramov) (1996);
Choreordained in two acts (1996).

Multimedia project The Sound of Silence (2000).

Works for symphony orchestra:

№1 (1984);
№2 (1989);
Concerto for orchestra (1986);
Kammerkonzert (1988);
Laus Solis (1996);
The Colours of Light (1997);
Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra (2001).

For chamber orchestra:
Concerto Grosso (1987).

For vocal ensemble and characteristic wind, string and percussion instruments:
Thyepoleo (1999).

For voice and chamber orchestra:
Footnote (…und Isolde/ns Winkfall Iassen) based on the poem A Prayer by James Joyce (1991).

For soprano and chamber ensemble:
The Circle of Rites, based on old Sanskrit texts (1993);
Summe Deus (1993);
The Way of the Birds II (1998).

Chamber Music:
String Quartet N2 (1988);
Ritual III (Borges fragment) for violoncello solo (1993);
The Way of the Birds for soprano, flute and violin (1995);
Katavasii for mezzo-soprano and string quartet (1996);
Thyepolia for tenor recorder, percussion and violoncello (1997);
“Kells” for violoncello solo (1999);
Variations on a Theme by Sergei Rachmaninov for two pianos and percussion (2001);
Delicatessen for various string ensembles (2002).

For piano:

Paysages Sonores (1983);
Ritual I (1988);
Incarnation in the Light (Ritual II) (1983);
“…un pan de ciel au milieu du silence” after paintings by R. Magrite (1993);
Le Temple du Silence for two pianos (1996);
Et Iterum Venturus (1997);
A Husky Fifenote Blew (1998);
Cadenzas and Monodia (2001).