Petar Tsankov

composer, performer

Петър Цанков

17.05.1943Sofia – Bulgaria

Petar Tzankov graduated from the State Academy of Music in 1970 majoring in Percussion. He worked as a flutist (till 1960), saxophonist (till 1964) and percussionist being member consecutively of the rock bands Bandaratzite, Shturtsite, the Big Band of the Bulgarian National Radio and FSB (1965-1980).
In 1969 he started composing music to theatre and puppet plays. He taught Percussion Instruments at the Pop and Jazz Music Faculty of the National Academy of Music (1970-1984) and at the National Theatre and Film Academy (1984-1988). He took part in the workshops of the Summer Music-Theatre Academy in Aix-en-Provence, France (1987). In 1988 he completed a contemporary music analysis course given by Olivier Messiaen. He was President of the Puppet Art Section at the Union of Bulgarian Actors (1988), Vice President of the Bulgarian Centre of UNIMA (since 1986) and President of the Interma Centre in Sofia (since 1990).
He composed the music to over 160 theatre and puppet plays in Bulgaria and abroad. His music was awarded at national festivals of puppet art and the international festivals The Golden Dolphin in Varna, Persons and Puppets in Pleven, Yan Bibian in Silistra, etc.


Stage music:

Musical plays:

”Smeshki strashni” (Frightening Funny Stories) (Youth Theatre);
”The Six Dolphins” (Youth Theatre);
”Don Quixote” (1989, State Puppet Theatre in Plovdiv);
”We Won’t Pay” after Dario Fo (1986, Kardjali).