Viatcheslav Koushev

composer, musical producer

02.05.1950Sofia - Bulgaria

He studied at the Hans Aisler Music School in Berlin (1965-1968). He graduated from the State Academy of Music majoring in Composition under Professor Marin Goleminov, Professor Parashkev Hadjiev and Professor Dimitar Tapkoff. He worked as music editor (producer) at the Bulgarian National Radio and Bulgarian Video. As a methodology expert and artistic director of music ensembles at the Bulgarian Armed Forces he initiated at the Army Club a series of concerts given by eminent Bulgarian musicians, the Camera Viva series made up of works by Bulgarian composers, as well as a concert series entitled Young Music Talents. He worked as pianist at the Sofia Girls’ Choir. He taught Composition at the National Music High School. He was deputy chairman, vocal pedagogue and accompanist at the vocal pop ensemble of the Vladimir Mayakovski Ensemble, with which he toured Bulgaria and abroad. He also was music director and composer of the Zornitza Puppet Theatre at the National Palace of Children, music teacher, music manager and producer at the recording company Balkanton; vocal pedagogue at the National Theatre and Film Art Academy.
In 1985 he founded and has since directed the children’s vocal studio Alice.

He composed symphony and chamber music; over 300 pieces including choral and solo songs, social songs, children’s songs and folksong arrangements; theatre and applied music; arrangements, etc. His works were performed in Bulgaria and abroad and a substantial part were released on LP, MC and CD. He won 33 national awards, among which the first prize at the Spring Radio Competition (1988), the second prize at the Burgas and the Sea Competition (1987), the first prize at the Sweet-voiced Lark Competition (1999), two first prizes and four second prizes at the Sing with Us Radio Competition, etc.


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Works for symphony orchestra:
Sinfonietta (1978).

Chamber Music:
Trio for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn (1974);
The Richman for high voice and string quartet, lyrics by Mladen Isaev (1975);
String Quartet (1977);
Trio for flute, clarinet and bassoon (Sonatina, Peasant Song and Rondino) (1981);
Scherzo for oboe and piano (1975);
Sonata In modo romantico for violin and piano (1977);
Diagonals for oboe and clarinet (1982).

For piano:

Three Little Pieces (Prelude, Song and Study);
Two Pieces after themes by Marin Goleminov (1974);
Micro Variations after themes by Bela Bartok (1975);
Toccata (1976);
Sonatina (1977);
For Both Hands – four children’s pieces (1980);
Ab Imo Pectore (in memory of my father) – fantasy for grand piano (1984).


Two songs for high voice and piano (1974);
Three songs-impressions (1974);
Sand – cycle of three songs for high voice and piano (1975).

Choral music:

For mixed choir:

Two Lyrical Songs (1975); Sleepless Bird, lyrics by V. Deshliu (1975); Two Lyrical Songs (1976).

For children’s choir and piano:
Motherland (1987); Bulgarian Land (1988); Christmas (1994).

For children’s choir a cappella:

Three songs (1991).

Pop songs and social songs:
Try Again (1983); Hot Traces (1983); The Town at Night (1983); Unfinished Song (1985); Anti-military Syndrome (1985); I Look for You in the Rain (1986); Something Happened (1987); Today and Now (1988); Since You Are Young (1994); Mystery (1987); Mature (1988), etc.

Children pop songs and folksong arrangements for children:
Grandmother’s Glasses (1997); Letters (1986); Holidays (1996); Comet (1988); Flowers in a Flowerpot (1991); Why Am I So Naughty (1991); At Least Once (1991). Sednalo e Djore dos; Dilmano, Dilbero; Christmas Approaches; Is It Fun?; Happy New Year; Lalentze se liulee (Tulip Is Swinging); Lechko stapiay, Done (Step Lightly, Done); Book-Enchantress; Exact Time; Surva, surva godina!; Zasvirili sa, Doyne le (They Began Playing, Doyne); Anke, lako pero; Zan, zan, Ganke le! (Ting, Ting, Ganke!); Myatalo Lenche yabalka (Lenche Threw an Apple); Legend about the Fire-Dancing Woman, etc.