Dragomir Nenov

composer, conductor, public figure

12.12.1927 – 19.05.2016Varna - Bulgaria

Dragomir Nenov graduated from the State Academy of Music majoring in Orchestral Conducting under Professor Vladi Simeonov. He studied Composition under Professor Parashkev Hadjiev and Professor Pancho Vladigerov. He specialised with Maestro Franco Ferrara at the Santa Cecilia Conservatoire in Rome. He worked consecutively as chorus master at the Stefan Makedonski State Music Theatre in Sofia (1946-50), music director of the State Music Theatre (1950-56), chief conductor of the Pleven Philharmonic (1956-59); chief conductor of the Sinfonietta Orchestra at the Bulgarian National Radio; main artistic director and chief conductor of the Varna Opera (1979-82); conductor of the Plovdiv Opera (1983-87). In the period 1993-1998, he was the chairman of the Union of Bulgarian Music and Dance Artists. From 1963 to 1978 he taught at the State Academy of Music (1963-78). He is an eminent conductor and public figure. As a symphony and opera conductor he toured Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Rumania, Spain, Turkey, etc.

Dragomir Nenov is the author of works for orchestra, vocal and chamber music, songs for children’s, mixed and women’s choirs, music for dramatic and puppet theater productions; folklore treatments, children’s operetta, etc.

He is a laureate of numerous Bulgarian and international composition competitions, winner of the “Crystal Lyre” award for overall creativity, winner of the Order of “St. Cyril and Methodius” 1st degree, awarded to him by the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev in 2013.

Dragomir Nenov is an honorary citizen of Dobrich, Bulgaria and Pisa, Italy. He was awarded by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus and is a recipient of the Belarusian Order “St. Kiril Turavsky”.

In 2013, he was awarded the title of “academician” of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Arts (BANI).

From 2011 until his death in 2016, he was the chairman of the Control Board of the Union of Bulgarian Composers.


Stage music:
Children’s operetta: The Secret of the Black Lake.

Works for symphony orchestra:
Concertino for oboe and orchestra; Three Orchestral Suites.

Chamber vocal music:
Vocal music:

San za shtastie (Dream for Happiness) song cycle for soprano, string orchestra and harp, based on poems by Pencho Slaveykov; Diptych for baritone and piano, on poems by Pavel Matev.

Choral music:
Three Riddles for children’s choir, etc.

Selected books (published in Bulgarian):
Problems of the Amateur Orchestras (Sofia, 1975); A Conductor on the Opera Art (Kazanlak, 1999).