Atanas Kossev

composer, arranger

Атанас Косев

10.03.1934Rousse – Bulgaria

Atanas Kossev (b. 1934, Rousse, Bulgaria) graduated from the “Pancho Vladigerov” State Academy of Music in 1964. He is founder and conductor of the first Youth Symphony Orchestra in Rousse in 1952. Kossev was a long time producer at the Bulgarian National Radio and Bulgarian National Television. He is recipient of the awards of UNESCO and FIDOF, Sofia Award for Music (1968); awards at the Alexandria Music Festival in Egypt, (1972); Castelbury Music Festival in Ireland (1975); The Grand Prix at the “Golden Orpheus” Festival in Bulgaria (1979 and 1998); The Best Song Prize at the Neewollah International Festival in USA (1981); Award of the Union of Bulgarian Composers (1983). Kossev is author of film and theatre music and over 500 choir and pop songs. He has also published seven poetry books. Kossev is listed in the International Directory for Distinguished Leadership, first edition of the American Biographical Institute.


Stage works:

“Little Red Riding Hood” – musical, 1978
“The Snow-white and the Seven Dwarfs” – opera, 1983
“Yan Bibiyan” – ballet, 1991
“The Little Match Seller” – musical, 1993

Symphony orchestra:

“Grotesques”, 1975
“Fiords”, 1976
“Autumn Pastels” – symphonic picture, 1979
Symphony “1300”, 1981
Concerto for piano and orchestra, 1984
“Olympic Overture”, 1993
“Concert Waltz”, 1994
“Waltz Lesson”, 1995
“Clown’s Diary”, 1996
Concerto for orchestra, 1999

String orchestra:

Suite I, 1988
Suite II, 1989
“Orange Sunset”, 1992
Prelude and Fugue, 1994

Chamber music:

“Light Up” for trumpet and piano, 1990
“Elegy” for string quartet, 1991
Three Pieces for clarinet and piano, 1992
“Five Miniatures for Four Violoncellos”, 1996
“Triptych” for violoncello and piano, 1998


“Mastery Pieces”, 1978
“Transience”, 1978
“Nostalgia”, 1979
“Portrait”, 1979
“White and Black Keys”, 1979
“Children’s Album”, 1980
“Chromatic Scale”, 1980
“Visions”, 1980
“Summer Holidays”, 1983

Choral music:

“Vocalize I”, 1973
“Vocalize II”, 1973
“Lamentations”, 1988
“See In My Sleep”, 1988
“Tune”, 1989
“Pray for Happiness”, 1989
“The Lord’s Prayer”, 1999

Pop songs, children’s songs, film music, etc.