Anatoly Vapirov

composer, jazz-performer, saxophonist

24.11.1947Berdyansk - Ukraine

Anatoly Vapirov studied clarinet at the Leningrad Conservatory (today’s St. Petersburg) and graduated from a saxophone master class (1977).

He taught saxophone at the Leningrad Conservatory (1976-82). In the 1970s and 1980s, he took a secure position as one of the leading musicians and composers of contemporary jazz. A brilliant school education, years of experience and wonderful skills provide him with virtually unlimited possibilities as a musician. He has a wide range of musical interests – he likes to play mainstream in the Golden Years of Jazz band. Vapirov was the leader of the Big Band in Varna and plays traditional jazz, composes chamber pieces, symphonic and ballet music. Leningrad jazz enthusiasts will not forget such great projects of Anatoly Vapirov as “The Mirror of Memory” (dedicated to Charlie Mingus), “Lines of Fate” (in memory of Alban Berge), “De Profundis”, “Macbeth”, “Slovonic Mysteru”. Many of them (more than 80) have been released on gramophone records and CDs in Russia, Bulgaria, Austria, Great Britain, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, the USA and are soundtracks to TV films.

He is an established jazz performer, artistic director of the International Jazz Festival “Varna Summer” and to this day plays at Jazz Festivals in Russia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Germany, USA, Canada, France, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Greece, Netherlands, Belgium and Israel.

As a composer he won three third prizes at the International contest for writing a symphonic work “7/8” – 2007, 2011, 2012.


Concertino for clarinet and orchestra

Synphonietta Part III

A tale of the ladder

Orchestra of the Rousse Opera and Philharmonic Society
Conductor Georgi Dimitrov

Part I

Part II


Orchestra of the Rousse Opera and Philharmonic Society
soloist Valeri Georgiev
conductor Georgi Dimitrov

Symphony No. 3 Part 1

Orchestra of the Rousse Opera and Philharmonic Society
conductor Georgi Dimitrov


Performed by the Orchestra of the Plovdiv Philharmonic Society
Conductor Georgi Dimitrov

Thracian sketches

Performed by the New Symphony Orchestra
Soloist Rosen Idealov
Conductor Lubomir Denev-son

Slavic requiem

Orchestra, choir and soloists of Plovdiv Opera
Conductor Georgi Dimitrov
Part I

Part II

Part III

Stage music:


“Masquerade”, rock ballet (1984);
“Macbeth” (1984).

Works for symphony orchestra:

“In memoriam”;
“The Tale of the Ladder” – the cantata based on the tale of Hr. Smirnenski;
“Concerto grosso” for symphony orchestra and jazz quartet;
“Concert for symphony orchestra and jazz soloists”;
“Metamorphoses for symphony orchestra”;
“Passover” for symphony orchestra;
“Slavic Requiem” – for mixed choir, soloists and symphony orchestra;
Lubbock Symphony;
Concerto No. 1 for symphony orchestra;
Ritual Dance for Symphony Orchestra;
Concertino for clarinet and chamber orchestra;
Five exercises for symphony orchestra and jazz festival;

Variations for symphony orchestra:
Opera “Besieged Love”, libretto by Pancho Panchev
“Masquerade” based on Hr. Smirnenski for tenor and symphony orchestra
“Thracian Sketches” for clarinet and symphony orchestra
Concerto No. 2 for symphony orchestra

Fantasy for symphony orchestra:
Symphony No. 2
“Rhodope legend” – variations for symphony orchestra
“Songs of the Berdian Bulgarians” – for symphony orchestra;
Symphony No. 3;
Piccolo Concerto for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Quintet;
Funk opera “Don’t go down to hell” based on a play by Iglika Peeva.

Works for string orchestra:

Concert for clarinet and string orchestra (1982).

Jazz plays:

“Ten jazz plays on “Macbeth”;
“Mirror of memory”;
“Lines of Fate”;
“De Profundis”;
“Slavonic Mystery” and many others. others.

Featured Albums:

“Mistery”; “Trans-Siberian Express”; “Sentenced to Silence”; “Macbeth”; “Document” (New Music From Russia); “Conspiracy” (Zurich, Switzerland); “Octet Ost”; “Hard Way to Freedom”; “Vapirov East-West Project”; “Waltz Str”.; “Concert by Black Sea”; “This Time Forever”; “To Miami and Back”; “Skitzi”; “A Fairy Tale”; “Sun Sunivai” and others.