Plamen Djurov

Plamen Djurov graduated from the State Academy of Music in Sofia in 1975 majoring in Piano under Professor Mara Balsamova, Conducting under Professor Konstantin Iliev and Composition under Professor Marin Goleminov. In 1972, while still a student, he was prizewinner at the Svetoslav Obretenov National Piano Competition and in 1974 he received an award from the Union of Bulgarian Composers for new music performance. From 1976 to 1981 he conducted the Pleven Philharmonic. He appeared as guest conductor with lots of Bulgarian and foreign orchestras like the Philharmonic in Mexico, the symphony orchestras in La Havana, Flensburg, Sarajevo, Skopje and Saint Petersburg. In 1984 he went to Vienna to study under Karl Osterreicher at the Musikhochschule. Since 1988 he has worked with the Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble. Among his radio and TV recordings (over 300) are a series of premieres of works by Bulgarian and foreign composers, the complete piano concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach, the complete works written for guitar and orchestra, recorded for the USA, as well as other 15 CDs. Together with Sofia Soloists he appeared in hundreds of concerts in Europe, North America, Japan, etc. He has been teaching at the State Academy of Music since 1989. In 1998 he was promoted Associate Professor.

He is one of the leading Bulgarian composers of his generation. He focuses on orchestral and chamber instrumental genres. His music is characterised by simple and clear genre structures and expression means, and emotional restraint. He also composed songs for children’s, mixed and equal voices choir, vocal music, etc. His works were prizewinning on numerous occasions. They were also performed and recorded with success in many countries.

He conducted the recording of Alkis Baltas' album "Works for String Orchestra" with the Sofia Soloists, released by Subways Music.