- Mariya Kostakeva
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(b Sofia, July 12, 1929; d Sofia, Bulgaria, May 10, 2011). Bulgarian composer. He studied at the Polytechnic University, Sofia, and in 1956 graduated from Goleminov’s composition class at the State Academy of Music. He was head of the music department of Sofia Radio (1956–62), general secretary of the Bulgarian Composers’ Union (1962–5), and director of the National Opera (1967–70). He then served as deputy director of the Institute of Art Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (1972–9), rector of the State Academy of Music (1979–82), and as the Bulgarian deputy minister for culture (1982–6). He was appointed professor of composition at the academy (1976, a position he held until 1995) and professor of music theory at the University of Shumen in 1995. He taught orchestration at the State Academy of Music (from ...