Boris Karadimchev

composer, pedagogue

Борис Карадимчев

30.03.1933 – 12.04.2014Yambol – Bulgaria

Boris Karadimchev graduated from the State Academy of Music in 1961 majoring in Conducting under Professor Assen Dimitrov and Composition under Professor Pancho Vladigerov. He worked at the Bulgarian Concert Directorate; he was also chief editor at the Bulgarian National Television. He taught Harmony at the Sergeant Music High School in Sofia and at the Pop and Jazz Music Faculty of the State Academy of Music in Sofia. In 1999 he was promoted Professor of Music at the National Theatre and Film Academy. Since 1970 he has been artistic director of the Pim-Pam Children’s Vocal Group, for which he composed tens of songs.

He made his name with film, children’s and pop music. He wrote the music to over 120 cartoons, several of which were successfully performed abroad, and to over 40 feature films. He composed over 200 pop songs, Concerto for French horn and orchestra, chamber opuses, etc. He began composing pop music in the 1950s when he worked with The Jazz of the Young Ensemble. Since 1960s he started writing songs, the first one being “”I Stay by the Sea””, performed by Emil Dimitrov. He was one of the first Bulgarian composers to pay attention to the beat bands of the late 1960s such as Shturtzite (The Crickets) or Srebarnite Grivni (The Silver Bracelets). His song “White Silence” won the first prize at The Golden Orpheus Festival in 1967 and became an evergreen. At the end of the 1970s and in the 1980s he worked in close cooperation with the band Tangra. Among his most popular songs of the 1990s are: “Time is ours”, “Christmas again”, “Christmas”, “Alleluia” (A Christmas piece). He was awarded a prize at the festival in Sochi (former URSS) (1967). He also won prizes at The Golden Orpheus Festival in 1967, 1977 and 1979, as well as the award for complete work (1997).


For symphony orchestra:

Concerto for French horn and orchestra (1961).

Adagio and Fugue after “Yesterday” and “Let It Be” of The Beatles.

Chamber music:

String Quartet;
Rondo for clarinet and piano;
Three Pieces for clarinet;
Virtuosic Variations for violin;
Prelude and Fugue for double bass and piano.

For piano:


Awarded pop songs at:

The festival in Sochi:
The Man Who Didn’t Sign (second prize, 1967).

The Golden Orpheus Festival:
White Silence, lyrics by D. Gudev, performed by Georgi Minchev, Shturtzite and a string quartet (first prize, 1967);
Earth Like a Star (second prize, 1977);
Furrow in the Sky (second prize, 1979).

The Burgas and the Sea Festival:

A Little Song about Burgas, lyrics by Nedyalko Yordanov, performed by Georgi Kaloyanchev (first prize, 1976).

Music to cartoon films:

Marriage, directed by S. Bakalov and R. Petkov (Award of the Festival in Cannes for short film);
The Tenth Circle, directed by A. Haralampieva (Golden Nikeldi at the Festival for Cartoons and Short Films in Bilbao, Spain, 1998), etc.

Music to feature films:

Swedish Kings, directed by L. Kirkov (1967);
The End of a Song, directed by M. Nikolov (1970);
There Is Nothing Finer than Bad Weather, directed by M. Andonov (1971);
Wrathful Journey, directed by Nikola Korabov (1971);
The Boy Turns Man, directed by L. Kirkov (1971);
Hitchhiking, directed by N. Petkov (1972);
Like a Song, directed by I. Aktasheva and H. Piskov (1973);
Something out of Nothing, directed by N. Rudarov (1979);
A Nameless Band, directed by L. Kirkov (1981).