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date: 18 August 2019

Iliev, Konstantinlocked

  • Anna Levy,
  • Gregory Myers
  •  and Milena Bozhikova


(b Sofia, Bulgaria, March 9, 1924; d Vidin, Bulgaria, March 6, 1988). Bulgarian composer and conductor. Together with Lazar Nikolov he was among the first composers in eastern Europe after World War II to engage with a modernist aesthetic in music and to experiment with non-tonal techniques. His formative years coincided with the rise of the communist dictatorship in Bulgaria, and as a result of being at the forefront of Bulgaria’s avant garde he was subject to harsh criticism and censorship; the vast majority of his compositions are unpublished.

In 1946 Iliev graduated from the Bulgarian State Music Academy where he had studied composition with Pancho Vladigerov and conducting with Goleminov. He continued his studies in Prague (1946–7) as a composition student of Hába, Řídký, and Talich. Following his return to Bulgaria in 1947 Iliev established the Ruse State PO and, two years later, the State Opera in Ruse, becoming its principal conductor. From ...

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