Young Bulgarian-British composer Martin Georgiev provides his music with programmatic titles. Raised in the Orthodox faith in the Black Sea port of Varna, he often incorporates spiritual ideas in the concept and realisation of his works.
Symphonic Triptych No. 1 was written over a nine-year period from 2016 and is effectively a symphony in three movements. The first section draws upon the trials and tribulations of St Sophia (Patron Saint of the Bulgarian Capital) and her three daughters – Faith, Hope & Love. The second movement – entitled Heavenly Reflections – was written shortly after the death of György Ligetti and is dedicated to his memory. The third movement draws upon the crucifixion of Christ as the Saviour of souls.
The Percussion Concerto “Genesis” for Marimba and Orchestra was written in 2011 and as the title indicates, takes the creation story as the theme. The first movement explores “And darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters”. The second movement exposes the listener to “And God said, Let there be light”, culminating in the final movement “And the light shineth in the darkness and the darkness comprehended it not”. All in all, a truly dramatic sonic experience. Georgiev’s percussion instrument of choice is the marimba (his first concerto was also for marimba with vibraphone).
Martin Georgiev is internationally awarded composer, conductor, percussionist and producer. His collaborations as composer and conductor feature leading orchestras and ensembles such as the Brussels Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, Sofia National Philharmonic Orchestra, amongst many.
Since 2013 he has held the post of Assistant Conductor with the Royal Ballet at ROH Covent Garden, London, where he was involved with the world premieres of many new ballets by top choreographers and composers In 2010-11 he was SAM Embedded Composer with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London.
He was educated at the Royal Academy of Music, London, UK; and the National Academy of Music ‘Pancho Vladigerov’, Sofia, Bulgaria; has a PhD (doctorate) in Composition from the University of London and Masters’ degrees in both composition and conducting. Born in 1983 in the historic city of Varna, Bulgaria, he has been based in London since 2005, being both Bulgarian and British national.
His compositions have been commissioned by The City of Heidelberg and the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra; The City of Varna; The Royal Academy of Music for the Mayor of London; Sound and Music for the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Varna Summer International Music Festival for the Sofia National Philharmonic Orchestra; and many more.
His works have been performed across the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, USA, France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Greece, Poland, Israel and Italy. His Chamber Opera The Mirror with original libretto by Marike van Aerde was premiered in London in June 2009 by the Azalea conducted by Jessica Cottis, under the patronage of Lady Solti, Sir Charles Mackerras and Andrew Ritchie CBE.
Martin Georgiev is a recipient of numerous awards for composition and performance as a percussionist.
Born in Bulgaria, Tatiana Koleva lives and works at present in the Netherlands. Internationally renowned as virtuoso solo and ensemble performer, she is actively involved in the promotion of contemporary music and art forms all over the world. She has established herself as a leading percussionist specializing in marimba. Her performances leave the audience spellbound with intriguing rhythms and surprising musical developments.
In addition to her intensive concert activities Mrs. Koleva is becoming a very respected educator. She leads regularly master classes for marimba/percussion and chamber music as well as composer workshops. Currently she holds a teaching position at the Prince Claus Conservatory of Groningen – The Netherlands.
Tatiana Koleva has commissioned a number of compositions specially written for her and her projects.
Ms. Koleva has appeared as a soloist of various orchestras and regularly performs with leading ensembles and theatre groups. Next to her activities as a classical musician she is often involved in cross-genre projects with improvised jazz, rock, film and theatre music.
The Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra is a Bulgarian orchestra based in Sofia, Bulgaria, affiliated with Bulgarian National Radio. It gives concerts in the Bulgaria Concert Hall. Founded in 1948, the orchestra’s first chief conductor was Vassil Stefanov, who remained affiliated with the orchestra from 1948 to 1988.
The orchestra offers a full annual schedule of events, tours internationally and maintains a large discography of recordings.
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