Mihail Shekerdjiev

composer, performer, pedagogue

05.12.1889 – 13.06.1957

Gabrovo – Bulgaria

Mihail Shekerdjiev graduated from the Ecclesiastical Seminary in 1911 where he studied Violin under Petko Naumov, Todor Torchanov, Vasil Mirchev and Theory of Music and Choral Conducting under Dobri Hristov. In 1912 he started teaching Violin and Theory of Music and conducted the orchestra of the Institute for Blind People in Sofia. From 1918 to 1925 he played the violin in the orchestra of the Free Theatre, the Renaissance Theatre, the National Guard Orchestra and the orchestra of the Bulgarian Opera Society, as well as in other ensembles. In 1925 he spent one year in Munich and Berlin, where he studied the general methods of training people with poor eyesight. At the same time he studied at the Conservatoire of Munich majoring in Violin under F. Berber. Upon his return to Bulgaria, he continued working at the Institute for Blind People and became its Director (1937-45). He made his first compositions in 1908.

He wrote some 20 songs for equal voices choir, 10 songs for mixed choir, several other choral songs, 31 children’s songs, 5 songs for voice and piano; little pieces for violin; folksong arrangements; guitar textbooks, etc.

His best-known work is the march “Velik e nashiyat voynik” (Great Is Our Soldier), lyrics by K. Georgiev (1916).


Children’s Operettas:
Bee Hive, libretto by Chicho Stoyan (1929);

Miracle of Spring, libretto by D. Marchevski (1934).

Selected collections (published in Bulgarian):
Popular Songs for Voice and Guitar (1952).

Popular Songs for Guitar (1953).

Children’s and Teenagers’ Songs (1956).

Collection of Works for Guitar (in co-authorship with Petar Boyadjiev, 1953).