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"Bulgarian composer Gheorghi Arnaoudov has forged a profound body of work deeply rooted in minimalism and, at the same time, creating an intensely imaginative, vibrating sound world that constantly defies convention. His vital use of a variety of literary sources, aesthetic ideas, and collaborations with other art forms distinguish his music in todays European concert culture..." -Eric Salzman, "A genuinely surprising and beautiful disc..." Barnaby Rayfield, Fanfare, New York "...Stillness and medieval-tinged mystery..." Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International

Gheorghi Arnaoudov is turning 60!


Bulgarian composer Gheorghi Arnaoudov has forged a profound body of work deeply rooted in minimalism and, at the same time, creating an intensely imaginative, vibrating sound world that constantly defies convention. His vital use of a variety of literary sources, aesthetic ideas, and collaborations
with other art forms distinguish his music in todays European concert culture. These works, from Bulgarias most cosmopolitan compositional voice at
the height of his powers, musically capture the freedom of flight and engage in timeless conversations with poets, philosophers, and folk traditions across
the ages. Gheorghi Arnaoudov speaks a musical language that combines the traditions of European modernism - Western and Eastern - with spiritualism
and esthetic mysticism that comes from Eastern traditions but also takes an intensely personal form.

Eric Salzman, New York

Gheorghi Arnaoudov was born in and grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria, into a musician family. His mother Suzanna Vesselinova-Arnaoudov was a well-known Chamber singer of the 40s & 50s of the XX century and literary translator and his father Assen Arnaoudov was a Violinist and famous Bulgarian Harp player,
one of the adherents of the Bulgarian Spiritual Teacher Peter Deunov - Beinsa Douno.

Gheorghi Arnaoudov graduated in composition with Alexander Tanev and contemporary music with Bojidar Spassov from the National Academy of Music
Prof. Pancho Vladigerov and obtained his Doctorate of Philosophy in the New Bulgarian University.While attending the Music Academy, Arnaoudov also studied composition in Florence, where he explored electronic and concrete music. Upon graduation and completion of his studies abroad, Arnaoudov began establishing a reputation as dedicated composer as well as a theorist. Specializing in modern and postmodern aesthetics, communication and semiotics, he also set himself to exploring ancient and Far Eastern musical forms. To date Arnaoudov has produced numerous symphonies, oratorios, concertos and has won several international prizes. He currently teaches in the "Music" and "Theatre" departments of New Bulgarian University as well in the Faculty of Philosophy of the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" and in the National School of Music "Lubomir Pipkov" - Sofia. In 2009 he was appointed associate professor in Composition and Harmony and at the New Bulgarian University.

His artistic career started in the beginning of the eighties. At the same time he did research work in the field of musical theory, concrete and electro acoustic music as well as research in the field of ancient and Far-Eastern music. He is author of scientific and theoretical articles in music, as well as of publicist and critical reviews in scientific and musical periodicals, mainly in the sphere of the contemporary arts, the aesthetics of modernism and postmodernism, communications in the music, musical semiotics and the theory of contemporary music.

He has won many international and national awards, including the Grand Prix of the European Broadcasting Union (1985), the Golden Harp Prize from Jeunesses Musicales (1986), the Special Prize of the Union of Bulgarian Composers (1986), the Carl Maria von Weber International Prize of Music (1989), the Composer Award in honor of the Sofia National School of Music Centenary. In 2017 Arnaoudov was awarded with the Ministry of cultures Golden Age - Star award for his contribution to the development and the flowering of the Bulgarian culture and national identity.

Compared in the beginning to composers such as Scriabin, Messiaen or Part nowadays Arnaoudov is known as one of the most distinctive European composers, creating a music of stasis, a new kind of intense minimalism "that tells no conventional stories but rather meditates on an idea. His instrumental works have distinguished him as a modernist innovator, one who looks at musical instruments as total items capable of many sounds, overtones and resonances. Many have commented on the spiritual side of Arnaoudov music, and indeed mysticism and ritual are two elements present in much of his work. Also influential has been art, cinema and literature, with sources of inspiration including Rene Magritte, Tarkovsky, James Joyce or Jorge-Luis Borges.

Gheorghi Arnaoudovs works have been released on many CDs under the labels Gega New, BNR (Bulgaria), Concord Records, Labor Records (USA).

"Bulgarian composer Gheorghi Arnaoudov has forged a profound body of work deeply rooted in minimalism and, at the same time, creating an intensely imaginative, vibrating sound world that constantly defies convention. His vital use of a variety of literary sources, aesthetic ideas, and collaborations with other art forms distinguish his music in todays European concert culture..."
Eric Salzman,

"A genuinely surprising and beautiful disc..."
Barnaby Rayfield, Fanfare, New York

"...Stillness and medieval-tinged mystery..."
Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International

Performances and Events
SEASON 2016/2017

Tianjin, China, Monday - 22 May 2017
Tianjin Grand Theatre Concert Hall, 7.30 p.m.
The Gates of Dream II for string quintet

Aja Lechner - cello
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, 29 March 2017,
Collegium hall of the Ministry of culture
The Minister of culture Rashko Mladenov awarded the eminent composer and pedagogue Gheorghi Arnaoudov with the Golden Age Star, Ministry of cultures award
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Sofia, April 21 - 23 2017,
Concert Hall of the National Academy
of Music - Prof. Pancho Vladigerov
The sixth edition of the Vivapiano Competition dedicated to the 60th birth anniversary of the Bulgarian composer Gheorghi Arnaoudov will take place from 21-23 April 2017
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Munich, Wednesday - 5 April 2017, 19.30 a.m.
Schwere Reiter
Three sonets of Mchelangelo for cello solo

Aja Lechner - cello
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Sofia, Friday - 3 March 2017, 11.30 a.m.
"Bulgaria"Concert Hall
Forgotten Songs for piano

Alexander Vassilenko - piano
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Yambol, Sunday - 5 February 2017 11.30 a.m.
"Saglasie" Cultural club, Blue Hall
Las puertas del sueno
Sinfonie silenziose e calme per orchestra
da camera e pianoforte

"Dianopolis" Chamber Orchestra
Polina Antonova - piano
Konstantin Ilievky - conductor
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Sofia, Saturday - 17 December 2016
National Palace of Culture, Hall 6, 7.00 p.m.
Catalogue of Gadjets, Winds and Sensations
for violin, violoncello and pianoforte

"Ardenza" Trio
Galina Koycheva - violin,
Konstantin Evtimov - violoncello,
Daniela Dikova - Piano
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Sofia, Monday - 5 December 2016
"Filip Kutev" Concert Hall 7.00 p.m.
Las puertas del sueno
Sinfonie silenziose e calme per
orchestra da camera e pianoforte

"Orpheus" Chamber Orchestra
Raicho Hristov - conductor
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Gabrovo, Tuesday - 13 September 2016
City Art Gallery 7.00 p.m.
Phantasmagorias IV "Brahms versus Wagner"

Theodora Hristova - violin, Yordan
Dimitrov - violin Ivo Krastev - viola,
Hristo Tanev - cello,
Elena Dikova - piano

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Pleven
, Saturday - 10 September 2016
"Katia Popova" Hall 7.00 p.m.
Las puertas del sueno
Sinfonie silenziose e calme per
orchestra da camera e pianoforte

Pleven Philharmonics
Deyan Pavlov - conductor
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Gheorghi Arnaoudov, All rights reserved

5 February 2017, Yambol, "Saglasie" Cultural club, Blue Hall 6, 11.30 a.m., Las puertas del sueno Sinfonie silenziose e calme per orchestra da camera e pianoforte "Dianopolis" Chamber Orchestra, Polina Antonova - piano, Konstantin Ilievky - conductor. Sofia, Saturday - 17 December 2016, National Palace of Culture, Hall 6, 7.00 p.m. Catalogue of Gadjets, Winds and Sensations for violin, violoncello and pianoforte, World premiere - New Year Music Festival at National Palace of Culture, "Ardenza" Trio, 13 September 2016, City Art Gallery, Gabrovo, 19.00 - Phantasmagorias IV "Brahms versus Wagner", 10 September 2016, "Katia Popova" Hall, Pleven, 19.00 - Las puertas del sueno Sinfonie silenziose e calme per orchestra da camera e pianoforte Pleven Philharmonics Deyan Pavlov - conductor, 27 April 2016, City Art Gallery, Gabrovo, 19.00 - Las puertas del sueno Sinfonie silenziose e calme per orchestra da camera e pianoforte Gabrovo Chamber Orchetra, Ivan Stoyanov - conductor, 25 April 2016, Central Military Club, Sofia, 19.30 - "Las Puertas del Sueno" Sinfonie silenziose e calme per pianoforte e orchestra da camera, "Sofia Soloists" chamber orchestra, Conductor - Ivan Stoyanov, 10 November 2015, Niedernburg School, Passau, 19.30 - "Sonetos del Amor Oscuro" - Assya, Alexander, Viktoria und Valeria Vassilenko Quartett, 17 September 2015, "Bulgaria" Concert Hall, 19.00 - "Barocus Ex Machina" - Concerto for piano, hammerklavier, harpsichord and orchestra, Daniela Dikova - Piano, Galina Draganova - Hammerklavier, Vasily Ilisavsky - Harpsichord, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, C6nd4vtr6 - Constantin Ilievsky 8 August 2015, Mariahilfer church, Vienna, 19.00 - "The Gates of Dream", 15 December, 2014, "Bulgaria" Concert Hall, 19.00 - Concerto for piano, hammerklavier (piano), harpsichord and orchestra, Milena Mollova - Piano, Kaliya Kalcheva - Hammerklavier, Angela Todorova - Harpsichord, Sofia Youth Symphony Orchestra, Rossen Gergov - Conductor. 5 December, 2014, Concert Hall of Plovdiv Philharmonic Orcgestra - Concerto for piano, hammerklavier(piano), harpsichord and orchestra, Milena Mollova - Piano, Kaliya Kalcheva - Hammerklavier, Angela todorova - Harpsichord, Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra, Berislav ?ipu? - Conductor, 24 April, 2014, Concert Hall of Bulgarian National Radio - "Barocus Ex Machina" - Concerto for piano, hammerklavier, harpsichord and orchestra, Vasily Ilisavsky - Hammerklavier, Byron Schenkman - Harpsichord, Daniela Dikova - Piano, camerata Ardenza, 21 September 2013, Sala academica di Conservatorio di Musica "S.Cecilia" di Roma, 7.30 p.m., Concierto Barroco, af ter Alejo Carpentier, Liya Petrova - violin, 10 April 2013, "Bulgaria" Concert Hall, Concerto for Violin, Strings, Percussion and Keyboards, Mila Georgieva - violin, 17 March 2013, Plovdiv - Concert Hall of the Plovdiv City Radio. Romeo Smilkoff - piano: "un pan de ciel au milieu du silence" (first integral performance), Le Rappel des Rameaux., 5 March 2013, Sofia - Concert Hall of Bulgarian National Radio,"Phantasmagorias IV - Brahms versus Wagner, Theodora Dimitrova - violin, Yordan Dimitrov - violin, Demna Gigova - viola, Hristo Tanev - cello, Elena Dikova - piano "Phantasmagorias - Concerto for violin II", 25th of November 2012, London - St. John's, Smith Square Hall, Arcadia Mundi Orchestra, George Hlawizcka - conductor, Ivo Stankov - violin, "Katabasia - Irmos I", 18th of June 2012 Oslo Konserthus, Astrid Sandvand Dahlen, Quartet "Frosch". ". ". 12.01.2012, , . ". ". 12.01.2012, , . ". ". 12.01.2012, , .The Way of the Birds. LAB 7068. Street Date September 28 2010. Labor Records new release presents Bulgarian composer Gheorghi Arnaoudovs highly original and hauntingly imaginative musical canvases of sound and text pregnant with movement and stasis. Music from one of eastern Europes most cosmopolitan composers. Minimalism of an intensely emotional quality that constantly defies convention. Dream-like works created out of dance collaborations weaving ancient ritual chants, amorous texts, and modern poetry"A genuinely surprising and beautiful disc..." Barnaby Rayfield, FANFARE, "...Stillness and medieval-tinged mystery..." Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International