"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 today’s 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

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GHEORGHI ARNAOUDOV

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.

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.

ßñåí Ïàíîâ - Èëþñòðàöèÿ 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 and in 2020 Professor in Composition and Harmony and at the New Bulgarian University. In January 2018 Assoc. Prof. Gheorghi Arnaoudov was appointed Vice-Rector for Research and Creative Activity of 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 (1985), the “Jeunesses Musicales” Prize (1985), 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 Bulgarian Ministry of culture’s “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.

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 today’s European concert culture. These works, from Bulgaria’s 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,

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

ßñåí Ïàíîâ - Èëþñòðàöèÿ "Gheorghi Arnaoudov is a Bulgarian minimalist who writes unabashedly spiritual music designed to create “mystical spaces.” While secular music aspiring to religiosity is too-often riddled with clich?s, from “new age” music to “inspirational” film scores—even John Tavener occasionally indulges in sentimentality—the restlessly searching music of Gheorghi Arnaoudov avoids these pitfalls unerringly. Embracing dissonance and finding beauty in the strange, his music remains rooted in the avant-garde, but its elegance and poignancy feel entirely relevant and accessible. Difficult to categorize and impossible to predict, the music of Gheorghi Arnaoudov truly warrants the much-abused description of “unique.”"
– Allen B. Ruch, Shipwrecklibrary, New York

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

"Gheorghi Arnaoudov is a Bulgarian minimalist who writes unabashedly spiritual music designed to create “mystical spaces.” While secular music aspiring to religiosity is too-often riddled with clich?s, from “new age” music to “inspirational” film scores—even John Tavener occasionally indulges in sentimentality—the restlessly searching music of Gheorghi Arnaoudov avoids these pitfalls unerringly. Embracing dissonance and finding beauty in the strange, his music remains rooted in the avant-garde, but its elegance and poignancy feel entirely relevant and accessible. Difficult to categorize and impossible to predict, the music of Gheorghi Arnaoudov truly warrants the much-abused description of “unique.”

– Allen B. Ruch, Shipwrecklibrary, New York


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