- Claire Levy
(b Yambol, 30 March 1933; d Plovdiv, 12 April 2014). Bulgarian composer and music educator, famous for his work in different genres but mostly for his distinctive contribution to the field of film music. He graduated from the Bulgarian State Conservatory in 1961 under Pancho Vladigerov (composition) and Assen Dimitrov (conducting). Author of the music for over 120 cartoons and more than 40 feature films, Karadimchev also wrote songs for rock bands, marked usually by laconic yet highly attractive melodic lines. His lyrical Byala tishina (‘White Silence’), performed by Georgi Minchev and The Shturtzite, made a particular breakthrough for Bulgarian rock music on the national level by winning the first prize at The Golden Orpheus Pop Music Festival in 1967. And his close collaboration with The Tangra in the early 1980s developed ‘the melodic style of rock’ in songs such as Bogatstvo (‘Fortune’) and Nashiat grad (‘Our Town’). Some of his title songs written for movies such as the 1971 Momcheto si otiva (‘The Boy Is Gone’), directed by Ludmil Kirkov, remain among the most popular Bulgarian hits.
Along with his various music activities, Karadimchev served as Chief Editor at the Bulgarian National Television. In 1999 he was appointed as professor in music at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts where he taught film music. He also lectured at the Pop and Jazz Faculty with the National Academy of Music. In 1970 he became the artistic director of The Pim Pam Children’s Vocal Group, for whom he wrote a number of songs. Winner of many prestigious awards, Karadimchev was also honoured in 1997 with the special prize of the Golden Orpheus for lifetime work.