- Magdalena Manolova
- , revised by Milena Bozhikova
(b Sofia, Bulgaria, July 30, 1948; d Sofia, Bulgaria, April 11, 2010). Bulgarian composer. According to Kyurkchyski, her first composition, a Neapolitan song in 3/8 time, was written when she was six years old. A student at the Sofia State Music Academy, she graduated in piano from the class of Bogomil Stărshenov (1972) and in composition from the class of Vladigerov (1974). She participated in Ton de Leeuw’s composition classes in Sofia, Amsterdam (1981, 1982), and Darmstadt.
Thenceforth she embarked on a career as a composer, performer, and teacher. She was appointed professor (1999) at the pop and jazz music faculty of the State Academy of Music, then dean at the Academy, and she frequently participated in European forums on contemporary music. Her works are philosophically based, dramatic, and rich in contrast. The clearest indication as to her work’s artistry and aesthetic – a traditional and modest form of expression – is the work ...