- Milena Bozhikova
(b Dryanovo, Bulgaria, Sept 1, 1932; d Sofia, Oct 29, 2013). Bulgarian choral conductor and composer. He graduated from the Sofia Music Academy (1956) majoring in composition under Parashkev Hadzhiev and choral conducting under Gyorgi Dimitrov. In 1960 he founded the Bulgarian National Radio Children’s Choir and until his death he was its artistic director and chief conductor. Under his leadership the choir toured in 30 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, as well as the USA. He has conducted in several major concert halls around the world, and especially in Japan. His songs are included in Japanese song textbooks. For his great contribution to the cultural relations between the two nations, by decree of the Japanese emperor he was awarded the highest Japanese medal for foreigners, the Order of the Sacred Treasure ‘Golden Rays’ (...