Tsvetan Dobrev

composer, pedagogue, choir conductor

14. 03. 14.03.1956Kazanlak – Bulgaria

Tsvetan Dobrev graduated from the State Academy of Music majoring in Composition under Professor Alexander Tanev, Piano under Professor Konstantin Ganev and Organ under Professor Neva Krysteva. He taught Polyphony at the State Academy of Music. He specialised in Pisa (Italy) under Professor Pietro Grossi. Since 1990 he has lived and worked in France as musicologist and lecturer.

He is the author of chamber, ballet, film and other music. Tsvetan Dobrev is among the first to direct his interests to electro-acoustic music in Bulgaria. In 1982, he was awarded the Grand Prize at the World Electroacoustic and Digital Music Competition in Varese (Italy) for the multimedia “Metamorphoses”. From its creation until today, “Metamophozes”, which sonically and spatially transform the images in the modernist paintings of the artist Hr. Simeonov, are present in the programs of authoritative festivals such as Bourges (France), Electrocomplex Vienna (Austria) and others. in radio broadcasts, they were included in an Italian anthology of electronic music for 2000. In 1991, he became a laureate of the XVII competition “Antibes France”. His works are performed in Japan, Germany, France, Bulgaria, Italy, etc. The ballet “Marionettes” based on his music was staged in Milan’s “Piccola La Scala”. The same was filmed by BNT with choreography by Mila Iskrenova.
He is the author of a three-volume method of composition and theory of music UNE SYNTHESE DU SAVOIR MUSICAL, published in 2007 by the publishing house of the Sorbonne ARCHETYPE-82, Paris (bilingual – in French and English).
In 1992, his collection of poems “GRAPHICS” was published.
As a choir conductor for 20 years, he performed about 40 concerts a year, mainly in France, but also in Italy, Spain, Germany, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic and Hungary.


Electroacoustic music:
Multimedia “Metamorphoses” inspired by the pictures of Hristo Simeonov (1982);
Metastases (1984);
Good Bye, Grandfather (1996).

Chamber Music:
Italian Triptych for soprano and string quartet (1983);
Marionettes for clarinet, brass and piano;
Antique Poem for violoncello and piano;
Folklore Sketches;
Song to the Rhodope;
Pieces for trumpet, vibraphone, marimba with piano, published by “Muzika” publishing house.

Vocal music:
“Il faut que tu sois” for soprano and piano;
“You must be…” – a cycle of three songs for soprano and piano based on poems by Bulgarian poets;
“Bulgarian Liturgy” – for mixed choir a capella on own text;
“The Bells” for mezzo-soprano and septet, text by E. Alan Poe;
“Tangra” – cantata for 4 voices and percussion, on own text;
“In memory of… Boris Hristov, G. Faure, J.S. Bach, etc.”;
Solo, choral and children’s songs and choral arrangements.

Applied Music:
Children’s ballets: “Alice in the Mirror World”, “The Fire Fairy”;
Electronic musicals: “Me and the sea…” based on poems by Petya Dubareva, “Meko kazano” – Valeri Petrov; “Wolves are silent” – N. Haitov;
Plays for gymnastics: Birth, Game, Village song, etc., recorded in BNR, theater music and music for feature films and documentaries for EKRAN studio at BNT.

For piano:
Simple formes;
Cycle of Five Bulgarian Preludes and Fugues, Simple Forms (Yellowed photos).

For piano 4 hands:
“A little story about the sea” (1986);
“Little Sea Tale”

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