Dimitar Ninov

composer, music theoretician, pedagogue

Димитър Нинов

27.05.1963Varna – Bulgaria

Dr. Dimitar Ninov is a published composer and theorist as well as an invited lecturer at international, national, and regional music theory conferences. He was the 2009 Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Composers, United States. Currently, he teaches music theory at Texas State University, San Marcos.

Ninov’s music has been performed in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Ninov’s two piano albums, published by the FJH Music Company and Abundant Silence Publishing, respectively, are being distributed worldwide, and his violin and piano piece “A Lonely Man’s Prayer” has been recorded on the “Made in the Americas” CD series. A number of other keyboard pieces are included in various publications of the FJH Music Company and Abundant Silence Publishing, some of them being on the Federation Festival (USA) and on different annual examinations for young pianists.

Ninovis original research spreads in the fields of tonal harmony, musical form, and meter.
He has published articles in international journals and has delivered theory papers at international conferences in Belgrade, St. Petersburg, Leuven, Moscow, and Strasbourg He has been a guest lecturer at the university of Nis as well as a presenter at the National Conference of CMS in Minneapolis and at a number of regional American conferences.

Dimitar Ninov holds a doctoral degree in composition from the University of Texas at Austin and master’s degrees in theory and composition from the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria. Among his former teachers are professor Russell Pinkston, the late professor of theory Dorothy Payne, the internationally renowned composer Alexander Raichev, the brilliant professors of harmony Bentzion Eliezer and Plamen Arabov, and one of the most prominent jazz musicians on the Balkan Peninsula, Alexander Petkov.


For Orchestra

Sketches for String Orchestra, Op. 7 (1994) ASCAP
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, Op. 8 (1996) – 25′ ASCAP
Spring Symphony, Op.12 (2003) – 22’ ASCAP
The Hunting, for symphony orchestra, Op. 25 (2008) – 4’ ASCAP
Allegro, for symphony orchestra, Op. 29 (2011) – 4’ ASCAP
Evening Shadows, for string orchestra, Op. 35 (2015) – 7′ ASCAP

For Choir and Orchestra

Gloria, for mixed choir and symphony orchestra, Op. 22 (2006) – 3’ ASCAP
Moma gori momak (Maiden burns a Bachelor), for mixed choir and symphony orchestra, Op. 40 (2017) – 6′ ASCAP
For Choir a Capella

Rodina (Motherland), Op. 41 (2018) Lyrics by Georgi Severov – (appr 4’30” – 5′) ASCAP

For Piano

Piano Album, Op. 1 (1989, revised in 1995, 2004) FJH, ASCAP
Rondo for Piano, Op. 6 (1992, revised in 2003) – 4’15” ASCAP
Gallery of Images, for piano, Op. 19 (2006) – 12’ Abundant Silence Publishing
Seven Pieces for Children, Op. 21 (2007) in Contemporary Collage, Volume I, Books 1, 2, 3. Book One: 1. Being Lonely 2. School is Over! Book Two: 3. Starry Night 4. My Favorite Blues. Book Three: 5. Nostalgic Bossa 6. Dreaming 7. Jazz Solace. FJH, ASCAP
Five Pieces for Children, Op. 32 (2013): 1. Romantic Adventure 2. In A Playful Mood 3. A Whim. 4. Canon.
5. Lullaby. ASCAP
Blues in G, for piano (four hands), Op. 11* (2014) 2′ ASCAP

For Voice and Piano

Two Songs for high voice and piano, Op. 3 (1991) Lyrics by Eftim Eftimov. 1. A Parable of the Shirt 2. A Parable of Me. ASCAP
Two Songs for high voice, flute, and piano, Op. 26 (2009-2013) 1. All Lovely Things, lyrics by Conrad Aiken.
2. Much To Learn, lyrics by Carmen Tafolla. Total time: 7’ ASCAP
Flower, song for a middle voice and piano (words by Georgi Severov), Op. 38 (2016) – 3′ ASCAP
Hunter’s Song, for high voice and piano (lyrics from the Turkic), Op. 39 (2016) – 3′ ASCAP

For String Quartet

String Quartet No. 1 Mountain Stream, Op. 17 (2004) – 17’ ASCAP
String Quartet No. 2 Inspirational Calmness, Op. 23 (2008) – 10’ ASCAP

For Various Chamber Ensembles

Sonata for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon, Op. 2 (1991) ASCAP
Wind Quintet, Op. 4 (1992) ASCAP
Recitative and Toccatina for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 5 (1992) – 5’30” ASCAP
The Fugue Which Returns, for String Quartet, Op. 9, (1999) – 3’ ASCAP
Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano, Op. 10 (2000) – 8’ ASCAP
Reflections, quintet for flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello, and piano, Op. 13 (2003) – 7’10” ASCAP
Cinderella, for flute, violin, harp, and percussion, Op. 14 (2003) – 4’30” ASCAP
Revelation, Trio for Violin, Violoncello, and Piano, Op. 15 (2004) – 8’30” ASACP
A Lonely Man’s Prayer, for Violin and Piano, Op. 16 (2004) – 3’ ASCAP
Music for Violoncello and Piano, Op. 18 (2005) – 6’40” ASCAP
Music for Clarinet, Violoncello and Piano, Op. 20 (2006) – 6’30” ASCAP
A Tale of the Water Nymphs, septet for two sopranos, flute, trombone, guitar, piano, and percussion, Op. 24 (2008) – 3:30 ASCAP
In the Sea Garden, septet for chamber ensemble, Op. 27 (2010) – 7:30 ASCAP
Sonatina Pastoral, for oboe, bassoon and piano, Op. 28 (2011) ASCAP
Capriccio for Oboe and Piano, Op. 31 (2012) – 3’15” ASCAP
Capriccio for Flute and Piano, Op. 33 (2013) – 4’30” ASCAP
Wind Quintet No. 2, Op. 34 (2014) – 9′ ASCAP
Gestures for Solo Clarinet, Op. 36 (2015) – 5′ ASCAP
Romantic Mood in Sol, for violin and piano, Op. 37 (2015) – 3’10” ASCAP