Atanas Boiadjiev

composer, arranger

01.03.1926 – 19.09.2017Sofia - Bulgaria

Atanas Boyadjiev graduated from Sofia University majoring in Law and studied Composition under Professor Dimitar Nenov. He was Music Director of the Puppet Theatre in Sofia (1946) where he composed his first songs. Since 1948 he has collaborated with Bulgarian Cinematography. He was Secretary General of the Union of Bulgarian Composers (1980-1985) and Head of the Financial Department of the Union of Bulgarian Composers (1985-1990).

He wrote musicals, pop songs and instrumental pieces, children’s songs, theatre and film music. His music language in his pop songs is close to the urban and peasant folklore In the early 1970s he actively cooperated with emerging bands like Shturtzite (The Crickets). He won awards at many competitions and festivals, such as “The Golden Orpheus” Festival, etc.
Very popular is his song “Ludo Mlado” (1970), performed and recorded by tens of singers, vocal and instrumental groups. Together with PetarВ Stupel he wrote the music to one of the most popular TV series in the 1960s and 1970s: At Each Kilometre, Captain Petko Voivode, etc. His music won a number of State prizes and other awards. In 2002 he won the prize of the Yossif Tzankof Fund for complete work.


Stage music:
Children’s musicals:
The Golden Key; Once Upon a Time There Was a Town; Seaside Tale

Awarded songs at the festivals:
The Golden Orpheus Festival:
Eva (second prize, 1965), lyrics by Gudev;
Ballad for Nessebar’s Bells (the special prize, 1966), lyrics by Gudev;
I Had A Dream (the Grand Prix, 1969), lyrics by Gudev, performed by Margret Nikolova and K. Gudev;

The Two Beatniks (the special prize, 1968), lyrics by Orlin Orlinov, performed by the Shturtzite; Romantic Song (second prize, 1973), lyrics by Krastio Stanishev.

Melody of the Year:
We Were In Love, performed by M. Nikolova and P. Petrov (1969).

Film music to:
On the Eve of the Thirteenth, directed by A. Marinovich (1960);
The Strange Duel, directed by T. Stoyanov (1971);
At Each Kilometre, directed by L. Sharlandjiev and N. Chernev (TV serial, 1969);
Captain Petko Voivode, directed by N. Chernev (1981) (in co-authorship with Petar Stupel).