Iovcho Krushev, classical music composer

Iovcho Krushev


Yovcho Krushev (b. 1957 in Popovo, Bulgaria) graduated from the State Academy of Music majoring in Piano under the professors Julia and Konstantin Ganev (1979) and Composition under Professor Alexander Raychev (1984). In 1987 he joined the staff of the State Academy of Music teaching Piano, Score Reading and Composition (since 1989). In 2000 he was promoted Full Professor.

Aged 16, he toured Europe, Asia and Africa. In 1978 he won the second prize at the Viotti International Competition for Pianists in Vercelli (Italy); in 1986 he was awarded the fifth prize at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. He performed on the most prestigious Bulgarian stages as well as at international music festivals organised in Bulgaria. He also played with all Bulgarian symphony orchestras. His repertoire includes complicated and unperformed works including music by Bulgarian composers. He made a lot of recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio. He won the Crystal Lyre Award for achievements in the performing art (1999), the Russian prize The Golden Muse for his contribution to the popularisation of the Russian music in Bulgaria (2001), the Special Award of the Salon of the Arts at the National Palace of Culture for the integral performance of Rachmaninov's chamber works featuring over 20 premieres (2003). Among his students there are some who have had their own carrier of piano performers. Since 1990 his pedagogic activity has aimed at combining harmoniously the Western European academic tradition with the practical experience of the East. He made a series of concerts entitled "Music and U-shu". He is author of a symphony; concertos and other works for symphony orchestra; chamber instrumental works, most of them for piano; vocal and choral music; music to a puppet theatre production, etc. Most of his works were recorded at the Bulgarian National Radio and published; they were performed in Bulgaria and abroad and used as pedagogic material for the young instrumentalists and choral conductors at the State Academy of Music. His Sonatina for clarinet and piano received the special Diploma at the Varalo-Valsessia Composition Competition in Italy (1984). The piano transcription of three fragments from the ballet Rebel's Song by Alexander  Raychev was performed by a number of duos from the USA to Japan.

(from the Union of Bulgarian Composers)

Composer Title Date Action
Iovcho Krushev III Fragments for Duo Piano 08/01/2010 Play
Iovcho Krushev III Fragments for Duo Piano Fest 12/24/2011 Play
Iovcho Krushev III Fragments for Duo Piano Haidushki Dance 12/24/2011 Play