Rumen Bayraktarov

composer, pedagogue

20.10.1946Bourgas – Bulgaria

Rumen Bayraktarov graduated from the State Academy of Music in 1975. He studied Composition under Professor Alexander Raychev. He continued his education with Olivier Messiaen in Paris. In 1995 he joined the staff of the Music Pedagogy Faculty of Sofia University as lecturer in music theory subjects. He was promoted associate professor in 2000. Since 1998 he has been Head of the Financial Department of the Union of Bulgarian Composers. He wrote works for symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, choir, etc. Stylistically, his music is close to the 20th century symphonism, as witnessed by the opened dramaturgy and the semantically charged context applied in various genres. He released two LPs and a CD. The first LP including his Symphony 1 and Violin Concerto was awarded the Best Record of the Year Prize by the US-based Kusevicki Foundation (1985). The foundation made these works be broadcast by radio stations all over the world. He was awarded the prize of the Union of Bulgarian Composers for his symphonic work. In 2002 he received the first prize at the Competition for Works for Two Pianos, organised by the Tokyo-based International Piano Duo Association and was invited to join the Association.


Choral-orchestral works:
Verses in the Cartridge-boxes Ballad for male voices choir and symphony orchestra after verses by Veselin Hanchev (1984);
Bible Oratory for soloists, mixed choir and symphony orchestra (1994).

Works for symphony orchestra:

Symphony N1 (1978);
Symphony N2 (1984);
Nameless Rhapsody (2001);
Concerto for violin and orchestra (1980).

Chamber Music:
Music for strings and percussion (1969);
Retrospection for piano and percussion (1974);
Toccata, Improvisation and Finale for piano and percussion (1984);
Cow-bells Music for percussion (1973);
Movements for flute and piano (1976).

Sonatas for:

clarinet and piano (1968);
violin and piano (1970);
solo violin (1975).

For piano:

Prelude and Toccata (1969).

For two pianos:

Bells (2002).

Choral music (songs for female voices choir):
Stars; Beginning; Sailor’s Morning; Late Rains; When the Night Falls; I Had a Dream.