Georgi Kostov

composer, pedagogue, public figure

21.01.1941 - 19.01.2024Sofia - Bulgaria

Georgi Kostov graduated from the State Academy of Music in 1966 majoring in Composition under Professor Pancho Vladigerov. He specialised at the Moscow Conservatoire. He began teaching at the Bulgarian State Conservatory in 1966, in 1977 he became an associate professor, and since 1985 he has been a professor of harmony and composition. From 09.11.1989 to 10.04.2008 he was rector of the higher educational institution and minister of culture in the government of Zhan Videnov (1995-1996). He is a recipient of the “Stara Planina” order. On 21.01.2016 he was awarded the prestigious “Golden Age” award with a necklace.

Prof. Georgi Kostov is the author of musical and scenic works; works for symphonic, wind and string orchestra; chamber music, etc. He wrote more than 1000 children’s, choral and fun songs. His “Animal Songs”, “My Childhood”, “Children of the World” and many others are gaining wide popularity. He is a laureate of awards from competitions such as: “The Red Carnation” (Sochi), many times at “Sweet-drinking Lark”, “Golden Orpheus”, “Melody of the Year”, Radio Contest “Spring”, etc. As early as 1959, he received an award for the Concerto for clarinet and orchestra. He has won awards from competitions in Paris (1972), Sofia (1974), Berlin (1976), Helsinki (1969), Trento (1991).
His works have been recorded by BNR, BNT, Balkanton, etc.


Stage music:

Monastery Misfortunes (The Woman with the Golden Hair and Misfortune), diptych after Elin Pelin, libretto by Pavel Gerdjikov (premiered in Blagoevgrad, 1989).


The Miracles of Totoban (premiered in Plovdiv, 1983).

Musical plays:

The Four Twins after Pancho Panchev (premiered at the State Music Theatre in Sofia, 1997);
Casanova (premiered at the State Music Theatre in Sofia, 2002).

Choral-orchestral works:

Party, We Are Proud of You (1975);
He Lives (1976).

Works for symphony orchestra:
Youth Overture; Three Diaphonic Dances; Rhythmic Movements; Divertimento “Antiphon Dialogues” for jazz and symphony orchestra (1974).


Clarinet (1958);
French horn, string orchestra and tympani.

Concertino for viola and orchestra (1965).

Works for wind orchestra:
Rachenitza (1976);
Grotesque for trombone and orchestra (1981).

Hallo, Assembly of Peace, children’s suite-rhapsody (1986).

Works for string orchestra:
Poem for trumpet, string orchestra and tympani (1966);
Concerto grosso (1986).

Concerto for trumpet, string orchestra and percussion (1970).

Chamber Music:
Vocals for soprano, violin, viola and vibraphone;
Graceful Movements for percussion;
Rondo and Concert Piece for trombone and piano (1974).

Works for piano:

Obsessive Movement.

Awarded pop songs at:
The Red Carnation Festival in Sochi:

Lin The Vietnamese (second prize, 1969).

The Golden Orpheus Festival:

Stay with Me, performed by Lili Ivanova (first prize, 1976);
Gardens of Love, performed by Emil Dimitrov (first prize, 1980).

Melody of the Year:

I Can’t Live Without My Radio, performed by Lili Ivanova.

The Spring Radio Competition:

Spring Voices, performed by Signal (second prize, 1980);
A Journey, performed by Mimi Ivanova (second prize, 1981).