Lyubomir Georgiev

composer, cellist, pedagogue

24.12.1951 – 31.05.2005Varna - Bulgaria

Lyubomir Zdravkov Georgiev was born in Varna on 24.XII.1951. He began studying the cello in his hometown, first with Panagiotis Marmaridis, a student of Konstantin Popov, and later with Lyubka Angelova, a student of Milos Sadlo in Prague. At the age of 14, he participated in reviews of music schools and, on the recommendation of the commission, he was transferred to Sofia, where he graduated with honors from the Sofia Music School and the Bulgarian State Conservatory under Zdravko Yordanov. At the same time, he studied and completed composition with Marin Goleminov and Alexander Raichev.

During this period, Lyubomir Georgiev won awards at Bulgarian and international competitions, some of which were extremely prestigious: in Marknoyorkirchen (“J.S. Bach”), Florence “”Gaspar Casado”), Moscow (P.I. Tchaikovsky”), etc. ., First Prize for String Quartet in Dresden, Germany; 1st prize for Concerto for double bass and orchestra in Rome, Italy.

In 1978, he became concertmaster of the Sofia Philharmonic, where he worked for 9 years, until the end of 1986.

In 1982, he studied at the “Kijana” summer academy under Prof. Riccardo Brengolo in Siena (Italy).

In 1974, he began active concert activity, performing solo concerts in the capital and the country, he was a soloist in almost all Bulgarian orchestras.

He is the author of solo, chamber, choral and orchestral works. His concerto for cello and orchestra has been performed abroad.

In 1987-88, he studied under Prof. Janos Starker in the USA, becoming his assistant.

Since 1989, he has been the permanent first cellist of the orchestra of the city of Sacramento, the capital of the state of California.

In 1998, he held a master class for cellists in Varna.

In the summer of 1993, he became a teacher and later professor of cello at Florida State University, Tallahassee, where he remained until his death.

In the USA, he develops a wide concert activity as a soloist of various symphony orchestras, participates in chamber ensembles, gives many solo recitals.

There are numerous recordings made both in Bulgaria and the USA. On 21.IX.1998, the first channel of BNT broadcasted his recital, given within the framework of the Varna summer festival.

He died in Tallahassee, Florida on May 31, 2005.


Works for piano:
Variations for children on a lullaby;
Small partita;

Works for cello:
Rondo for cello and harpsichord;
“Epitafia” for cello and harpsichord (piano);
Fantasy for solo cello;
Nocturne for three cellos;
Classical Suite for Solo Cello (1979);
Sonata for solo cello (1980);
Concerto for cello and orchestra (1st performance on 14.XI.1980, conductor Kamen Goleminov, soloist author);

Works for other instrumentalists:
Five Preludes for Organ;
Scherzo for tuba and piano.

Chamber works:
Richerkar for String Trio;
Concerto for double bass and orchestra (1st performance, USA, October 1992);
Calmo e Vivo for violin and piano;
Dialogues for cello and double bass (1st performance in Sacramento, 24.XI.1991)

Choral songs:
Songs for voice and piano based on texts by Varna poets;
Two songs for mixed choir based on texts by Yavorov;
Three songs for mixed choir based on texts by Dobri Zhotev;
“Rock Flowers” – choral cycle of three songs in French based on texts by Baudelaire, Verlaine and Rimbaud;
Nine Miniatures for String Orchestra (1978);
Three Old French songs for solo cello (1st performance on 7.V.1981);
Duo concertante for cello and piano, 14 song miniatures by Rabindranath Tagore for voice and cello (1st performance on 17.XI.1984 N. Afeyan);
Three miniatures for solo flute (1st performance, 25.II.1985, Kiril Valchev);
Bagatelles for clarinet and cello (1st edition 20.V.1985);
“Orpheus” for double bass, guitar and vibraphone (1st performance in Bloomington, April 21, 1988)