Philip Pavlov

composer, pianist, pedagogue

Филип Павлов

29.03.1949Sofia – Bulgaria

Philip Pavlov graduated from the State Academy of Music in 1974 majoring in Composition under Professor Alexander Raychev. He specialised in Paris and attended an international composition competition in Amsterdam. He had an active performing career. He gave over 1,000 concerts ranging from solo recitals to participation with chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras. He recorded his soloist and chamber performances for the Bulgarian National Radio, the Bulgarian National Television and for foreign recording companies. He has been teaching at the State Academy of Music. In 1998 he was promoted full professor at the South-western University in Blagoevgrad. He was prizewinner at the Svetoslav Obretenov Competition, the competition in Belgrade for chamber music, the piano competition Sinegalia in Italy, the composition competition Valentino Bucci in Roma.

He wrote symphony and chamber music; choral songs; musical plays; oratorios, cantatas and vocal cycles; theatre music, children’s songs, a number of which were included in music in textbooks and other music publications. His choral and chamber opuses were frequently performed at festivals, composers’ rostrums and other forums and were included in concert programmes outside Bulgaria.


Stage music:

Musical play:

The Wedding of our Teacher, libretto by Lyubomir Peevski (premiered in Plovdiv, 1993).


Christmas Cantata for children’s choir and orchestra based on secular texts (1992).

Botev Oratorio for mixed choir and symphony orchestra (1987).

Prayer for Music – choral song-cantata.

For symphony orchestra:

Overture (1995);
Dance to Tangra (2001).

Concertos for:

piano 1;
trombone 1, 2.

Capriccio-Sonata for oboe and orchestra (1994).

For wind orchestra:

Symphonic Dance for trombone and wind orchestra (1976);
Song for piano and wind orchestra (1986).

For chamber orchestra:

Chamber Symphony.

Piano Concerto 2.

For string orchestra:

Violin Concerto (1986).

Chamber music:

Male Dance for brass quintet.

Concerto for flute, viola, harp and piano (1982); Sonata for string quartet.

Sonata for flute and piano;
Scherzo for violin and piano (1980);
Capriccio-Sonata for oboe and piano (1994);
Sonata for alt trombone and piano (1995);
Full Moon for flute and piano (2002).

Diabolical Play for solo violoncello (1993);
Dance for accordion (1995).

For viola:

Warsaw Nocturne.

For piano:

Three Contrasts (1988);
Enlightenment – piano diptych (1994).

Three Children’s Pieces for four hands (1982).

For organ:

Dostoyno Est.

Vocal cycles:

Seven Night Verses for soprano and piano (1984).

Choral music:

Saint Nicolas Choral Poem (1993);
Jump Over the Fire Choral Cantata (1994);
Nice Deception (1995);
Impish Song;
Golden Autumn.

For children’s choir:

Cock’s Business, cycle;

Theatre music to:

The puppet performance The Best Dreams Come In Your Sleep, libretto by L. Peevski (National Palace of Culture).

Selected books (published in Bulgarian):

Harmonising and Arranging (in co-authorship with Yordan Goshev). Vol.1 (Sofia, 1999); Vol.2 (Sofia, 2002).