Angel Kotev


15.09.1951Sofia - Bulgaria

Angel Kotev is a professional composer, born on 15.09.1951 in the capital city of Sofia, Bulgaria. He graduated from the Bulgarian State Conservatory (now named The State Musical Academy “Pancho Vladigerov”) with major “composition” with Prof. Alexander Raychev – 1977.
Mr. Kotev composes in various genres – Symphonic, Ballet, Chamber, Vocal, Film, Children’s and Electro – Acoustic music.
Most of his Symphonic compositions have been performed and recorded by the Symphonic Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio. The Ballet “The Barrier” (after the novel of Pavel Vejinov under the same title) was put on stage by Mrs. Margarita Arnaudova and the Ballet Studio “Arabesque” in 1983. It was on the stage for 4 seasons and had been defined in the Encyclopedia of Ballet as the first Bulgarian ballet on contemporary theme. On occasion of the 40th jubilee of the Ballet Studio “Arabesque”, Mr. Kotev was requested to compose “The Enlightment of the Stone”, the plot of which was inspired by the Park of Sculptures – Gustav Vigeland in Oslo – Norway. It was put on stage in 2008 by Mrs. Boryana Sechanova and Mrs. Olesya Pantikina. Rhapsody No. 1 – “The Bulgarian Rhapsody”, was composed by the request of the American Conductor Jung Ho Pack for the California Youth Symphony Orchestra and performed in a series of concerts in 1997 in the States.


Works for symphony orchestra:
– Symphonic Poem “The Surviving Tetraevangel” – 1980 (after the work of the Bulgarian poet and playwright Radko Radkov)
– Overture “Bulgaria” – 1984
– Symphony No.1 – 1986
– “Concert Play” for Symphonic Orchestra – 1994
– Symphonic Picture No.1 – 1995
– Rhapsody No.1 – “Bulgaro” – 1997
– Symphonic Picture No.2 – 1996
– Rhapsody No.2 – “ in 7” – 2001
– Rhapsody No.3 – 2004
– “In Memoriam” – 2007
– Symphony No.2 – “1878” – 2019
– Symphony No.3 – “One Life” – 2023

Stage music:
– “The Barrier” Ballet – 1983
– “The Enlightmet of the Stone” – 2008

– “A Liturgical Poem about The Apostle” for mixed choir, soloist, reader and percussion – 2000

Orchestral works:
– “Capriccio” – for two Violins and String Orchestra. 2015
– “Tree Impressions” – for String Orchestra. 2020
– Rhapsody No.4 – “Exotic” – for Flutes Orchestra, 2023

Chamber Music:
– Vocaliza for Violin and Piano
– Three Pieces “in C” for Violin and Piano.
– “Theme with Ten Variations” for Violin.
– Sonata for Violin and Clarinet.
– Vocaliza for Viola and Piano
– Vocaliza for Violoncello and Piano
– Two Pieces for Flute and Piano
– Piece for three Flutes
– Piece for solo Flute
– Triptich for Flute
– “Concert Fantasy” for two Flutes and Piano.
– Vocalize for Flute
– Trio for Flute, Bassoon and Piano.
– Vocaliza for Oboe and Piano
– “A Play” – for Clarinet.
– Vocalize for Horn and Piano
– Vocalize for Trumpet and Piano
– “Aria and Recitative” for Trumpet and Piano
– “A Fantasy” for Trumpet and Piano
– “Brass Trio” for Trumpet, Trombone and Tube
– “Lamento” for three Trombones and Tube

Piano Music:
– “Music towards two erotic Poems” – for reader and Piano – by the lyrics of Angel Veselinov. 1) One Woman 2) I Love
– Cycle “Three Romantic Plays”
– Four Miniatures
– Three Impressions
– Three Enigmas
– Sonata
– Two Balades
– Sketches
– Musical Gift to Rumi
– Three Pieces
– Diptich
– Two Nocturnes

Vocal music:
Choir Songs: “Falcon”; ”Forest”; ”Summer” etc.
Art Songs for different voices and Piano:
“Five songs” for Baritone and Piano – by the lyrics of Radko Radkov – 2000.
“Expectation” and “Silence” for Soprano and Piano – by the lyrics of D. Boyadjieva – 2002, etc.

Children’s Music:
– Compact Disc No. 1 –”Artistic Songs for Children” (includes 17 songs)
– Compact Disc No. 2 – “New Songs for Children”, (includes 17 songs) . The above CD`s are performed by “Radio Children” Vocal Group to the Bulgarian National Radio as well as by popular Bulgarian actors.
– Compact Disc No. 3 – Is Instrumental Version of the CD No.2

Released records of “Balkanton”:
– “The Surviving Tetraevangel” – Symphonic Poem – 1981 /LP/
– “Midnight Mood” No.1 – 1985 /LP/
– “Midnight Mood” No.2 – 1988 /LP/
– “Steps” – 1990 /LP/

Electroacoustic music:
– Compact Disc “Together” ( Includes 15 Pieces) – 2003… and many other pieces of the same genre.