Dragomir Nenov

composer, conductor, public figure

Драгомир Ненов

12.12.1927 – 19.05.2016Varna – Bulgaria

Dragomir Nenov graduated from the State Academy of Music majoring in Orchestral Conducting under Professor Vladi Simeonov. He specialised with Maestro Franco Ferrara at the Santa Cecilia Conservatoire in Rome. He studied Composition under Professor Parashkev Hadjiev and Professor Pancho Vladigerov. He worked consecutively as chorus master at the Stefan Makedonski State Music Theatre in Sofia (1946-50), music director of the State Music Theatre (1950-56), chief conductor of the Pleven Philharmonic (1956-59); chief conductor of the Sinfonietta Orchestra at the Bulgarian National Radio; main artistic director and chief conductor of the Varna Opera (1979-82); conductor of the Plovdiv Opera (1983-87). From 1963 to 1978 he taught at the State Academy of Music (1963-78).

He is an eminent conductor and public figure. As a symphony and opera conductor he toured Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Rumania, Spain, Turkey, etc.

He chaired the Union of Bulgarian Musicians and Dancers (1993-98).

He composed a children’s opera; works for orchestra; vocal music; choral songs; music to theatre performances; he made arrangements of traditional music, etc.


Stage music:

Children’s operetta:

The Secret of the Black Lake.

For symphony orchestra:

Concertino for oboe and orchestra;
Three Orchestral Suites.

Chamber vocal music:

San za shtastie (Dream for Happiness) song cycle for soprano, string orchestra and harp, based on poems by Pencho Slaveykov;
Diptych for baritone and piano, on poems by Pavel Matev.

Choral music:

Three Riddles for children’s choir, etc.

Selected books (published in Bulgarian):

Problems of the Amateur Orchestras (Sofia, 1975);
A Conductor on the Opera Art (Kazanlak, 1999).