- Anda Palieva
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(b Ruse, Bulgaria, Aug 21, 1947). Bulgarian composer and conductor. He graduated in 1978 from the Bulgarian State Academy of Music having studied three subjects: the double bass (under Todor Toshev), conducting (under Vladi Simeonov), and composition (under Marin Goleminov). By 1977 though, he had won the Nikolay Malko competition for young conductors in Copenhagen, and he had been conducting the Ruse SO since the age of 17. He conducted the Ruse Philharmonic (1975–9) before directing the Soloists of Sofia ensemble with whom he appeared internationally (1980–89). He was appointed conductor of the Sofia Philharmonic in 1985 and was made its general music director three years later. With this orchestra and as guest conductor with others he has performed all over the world; he has enjoyed particular associations with orchestras in Brazil, California, Germany, Japan, and South Korea. Under his baton the Sofia Philharmonic recorded a large amount of the Romantic repertory. He left the orchestra in ...