Mihail Lukanov


23.11.1967Pleven - Bulgaria

Mihail Todorov Lukanov graduated from the Sofia Music School “Lyubomir Pipkov” with a major in double bass in 1987. From 1990 to 1995, he was a student at the Theoretical Faculty of the National Academy of Music “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” and studied composition with Prof. Alexander Tanev, graduating in 1995 with a concerto for double bass and orchestra.
Then he worked with the Paroria Male Chamber Choir, and in 1999 at the Musical Theater as an accompanist. Mikhail Lukanov is the author of works for string and symphony orchestra, solo songs and piano, but most of his compositions are in the field of choral music. His choral songs were performed by male chamber choir “Paroria” and mixed choir “St. Trinity”. In 1997, the choir of Clare College (Cambridge) sang his song “To Lady Strangford” in the Chamber Hall “Bulgaria”. His vocalization for women’s choir “Imprompt” was awarded at the festival of women’s and girls’ choirs in the city of Targovishte, “Vethii Denmi” was awarded at the IV Competition for Bulgarian Liturgical Chants (Sofia, 1997), and “Holy God” was awarded at a competition in the town of Sliven. His works have also been performed by the “Vasil Aranudov” Chamber Women’s Choir and the “St. Paraskeva” Student Choir.
In parallel with his musical activity, since 2000, M. Lukanov has been working as an English teacher. In 2004, he graduated from the “English Language and Literature” major at Kliment Ohridski University, and in 2007 he completed a specialized translator-editor course at the same university. From 2007 to 2009, he was a full-time doctoral student at the Institute of Art Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, studying popular music under the supervision of Prof. Claire Levi. Since 2009 until 2012 he worked on his dissertation text “Convention and innovation in Bulgarian rock music: on the experience of Formation Studio Balkanton”. M. Lukanov defended his doctoral thesis in 2012 and from 2013 he was appointed head. assistant professor at Institute for Art Research at BNA, where he works until now. He is the author of a number of articles and two books – “Milho Bassan: life and work” (2017) and “Convention and innovation in Bulgarian rock music: on the experience of the FSB” (2018) and “The music of the arena of the Bulgarian circus” (2020).


Orchestral works:
Concerto for double bass and orchestra
“Remembrance” for string orchestra

Choir works:
“Autumn” for mixed choir
“Dusk in the Sleepy Gardens” for mixed choir
“Spring” for 1) mixed choir and 2) female choir
“Na Zanik” for mixed choir
“To Lady Strangford” for mixed choir
“Anthem of Young Bulgaria” for male choir
“The Triple Holy Song”
“Imprompt” for female choir
“Vethii Denmi” for male choir
“Auld Lang Syne” for mixed choir
“The Sea” for women’s choir
“Holy God” for women’s choir
“Get up, get up Nine” for mixed choir

Solo Songs:
“Two Beautiful Eyes” for soprano and piano
“Bright Morning” for soprano and piano
“Further Yaman” for soprano and piano
“The Sea” for soprano and piano
“I Feel You” for soprano and piano
“The Wall Tells” for baritone and piano

Works for piano:
Armenian Capriccio