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date: 23 September 2020

Silyanovsky, Trifonlocked

  • Anda Palieva
  • , revised by Milena Bozhikova


(b Sofia, Bulgaria, Dec 16, 1923; d Sofia, May 19, 2005). Bulgarian composer and pianist. The son of a professor of law, he graduated from the law faculty of Sofia University as well as attending the State Music Academy, where he studied composition with Pancho Vladigerov and the piano with Dimiter Nenov. He also studied the history of art with Hans Sedlmayr in Vienna (1941–3) before winning, in 1948, the first Bulgarian Singers’ and Instrumentalists’ Competition, an event that led to a number of recordings for Bulgarian radio. During the next few years he was subject to political persecution: he spent time in a concentration camp (1949–51), was periodically jailed thereafter, and was exiled from Sofia. He worked as a labourer, played the piano in restaurants, and gave private lessons of Latin and ancient Greek in order to survive. Only in 1959 was he permitted to work as a répétiteur for Sofia Opera. In ...

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