Dimitar Nikolov


03.09.1945Sofia - Bulgaria

Dimitar Nikolov was born in Sofia, on September, 3rd, 1945 in the family of intellectuals.
He finished the State High Musical School and the State Academy Of Music “Pantcho Vladigerov” in Sofia. He studied composition with professor Marin Goleminov. After graduating, he won a competition for the position “Musical Editor” in the Bulgarian National Radio. He has been working there for 37 years. Apart from being a composer and editor, he is a member of the Board of the Union of the Bulgarian Composers for 12 years as well.
D. Nikolov’s works have been performed a great many times, interpreted by highly professional Bulgarian musical formations – such as The Symphony Orchestra and the mixed choir of the Bulgarian National Radio, the symphony orchestra and the choir of the Academy Of Music in Sofia, the symphony orchestras of Bourgas and Vratza, the chamber ensemble “Sofia Soloists”, the chamber orchestra “Sofia”, the string quartet “HORS”, the academic chamber ensemble, the trio for modern music and lots of others.
The concerts were conducted by Vassil Kazandjiev, Kamen Goleminov, Rossitza Batalova, Vesselin Baitchev, Andrey Andreev, Grigor Pallikarov, Lilya Gulleva – all of them oustanding Bulgarian conductors. It would take a lot of time to enumerate all the names of the soloists – singers and instrumentalists. There are musicians from Bulgaria, Italy, France, Hungary, Finland, The Ukraine, Sweden, Poland etc. Apart from the above mentioned countries, Dimitar Nikolov’s works were performed in Germany, Estonia, The Czech Republic and Slovakia.
In addition to numerous symphonic, vocal-orchestral and chamber works, Dimitar Nikolov also composes in genres such as electronic and electro-acoustic music, in collaboration with his son, the composer Andrey Nikolov.
In 2006 the composer was awarded the biggest prize of the Bulgarian National Radio – “Sirak Skitnik”. The same year he got another prestige reward “The Golden Staff” of the Union of the Bulgarian Composers.
In 2000 Dimitar Nikolov was awarded by His Holiness The Pope John Paul II the special silver medal, founded for the 2000th anniversary of Jesus Christ’s Birth – for the cycle of four symphonies the composer realized: N1 “TheTower Of Babel”, N2 “Save Our Souls”. N3 “The Flood”, N4 “Between Hell And Eden”.
Аs a student, in parallel with his musical pursuits, Dimitar Nikolov wrote poetry and fiction. After a competition, he was accepted as a member and participated for four years in the work of the literary and creative circle (in practice – a creative writing course) at the then Palace of Pioneers. He published his first poems and short stories in the newspaper published there. Throughout his life, he continued to write, but true to his self-criticism (characteristic of his work as a composer), he repeatedly reworked and edited what he had written.


Symphony №1 – “The Babylon tower”;
Symphony №2 – “Cain, where is your brother Abel? SOS!”;
Symphony №3 – “The flood”;
Symphony №4 – “Betwen heaven and hell”;
Symphony№5 – “To know how to be born again”;
Symphony №6 – “Via Dolorosa”;
Symphony№7 – “Dies Irae”.

Other orchestra works:
Youth Overture for Symphony Orchestra;
Sofia poem for Symphony orchestra;
Romantic variations for string orchestra;
Spatial ensembles for a changing orchestra.

Cantata №1 “Bulgaria and Russia”, by the poems of Larisa Vassileva and Hristo Ganov;
Cantata №2 “Autumn motifs”, by poems by Peiu K. Yavorov;
Cantata №3 “All Kinds of Love”, by the poems of Boryana Zheleva;
Cantata №4 “Birth of Music”, by the poems of Boryana Zheleva;
Cantata №5 “Port”, by the poems of Emilia Karapetrova;
Cantata №6 “After reading David,” by the poems of Boryana Zheleva.

Works for Chamber Ensembles:
Trios for nonet;
Piano Quintet №1 “Life – the way we dream it”;
Piano Quintet №2 “The Time Machine”;
Piano Quintet №3 “Upwards”;
Quintet for guitar and string quartet “Pyramid”;
Piano quartet for four shipwrecks;
String Quartet №1 “Paintings”;
String Quartet №2 “Passions”;
String Quartet № 3 “Waltz at the End of the Century”;
String Quartet №4 “The River of Oblivion”;
String Quartet №5 “The Enigmas of Hors”;
Triptych Sonata for Piano;
Triptych Sonata for Oboe and Piano;
Diptych Sonata for violin and piano;
Sonata for flute and piano “Day and Night”;
“Love Songs and Disciplines” – for violin and cello;
“Pasakalia-capriccio” – for violin and viola;
Violin and piano “Forest Watercolors”.

Dozens of instrumental plays and songs in different genres.
Movie and theater music.