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25 - 27 November, 2022

The Composition Competition in the name of the eminent Bulgarian composer and conductor Prof. Ivan Spassov will take place in Plovdiv from November, 25 till November 27, 2022 under the honorary patronage of the Minister of Culture.


Prof. Vassilka SPASSOVA - Chairman of "Prof. Ivan Spassov" Foundation - Plovdiv
Yordan DAFOV - Composer and conductor, Chairman of the Jury of the International Composition Competition "Prof. Ivan Spassov" - Plovdiv
Assistant Prof. Iliya KOZHOUHAROV - Composer
Prof. Dr. Yulian KUYUMDZHIEV - Musicologist, Editor-in-chief of "Musical Horizons" Magazine - an edition of the Union of Bulgarian Musicians and Dancers
Tsenko MINKIN - Chairman of the Union of Bulgarian Composers
Prof. Stefan LYUTAKOV - Sculptor
Eliyanka MIHAILOVA - Conductor, Chief expert at the Directorate of contemporary art and artistic
education at the Ministry of Culture - Sofia

Todor POPOV - Mayor of Pazardzhik
Ivan TOTEV -Mayor of Plovdiv

Chairman: Prof. Nedyalcho Todorov
Members: Associate Prof. Kiril Chaplikov
Dimitar Nakov
Secretary: Svetoslav Karagenov

I. Participation Requirements
1. Candidates, regardless of age and nationality, can apply for the competition.
2. The competition will be held in two categories:
Category A:
Chamber, vocal and instrumental composition for up to 4 performers. Duration: up to 20 minutes.
Category B:
Cyclic composition for a clavier instrument (piano, organ, harpsichord or accordion). Duration up to 20 minutes.
3. Each candidate is allowed to submit a maximum of two compositions in one category, or one
composition for each category.
4. The candidates should send all of the materials listed below, wrapped together in a single
package, no later then 31 October 2022 (the date of the postmark is taken into consideration):
a) The competition composition(s) and, if possible, a CD-recording of the composition(s) (demo-versions), sealed in an envelope.
b) A sheet of paper with the name of the candidate, placed inside a sealed, non-transparent envelope.
c) The completed application form (given below) and a document, certifying the completed payment of the registration fee of 50 , both placed inside a sealed envelope. The registration fee should be paid to the bank account of the Foundation
in euro – IBAN:BG32FINV91502016641966
in BGN – IBAN:BG27FINV91502016641959
5. The competition is anonymous.
No markings or other indications that may identify the participant and thus break the rules of anonymity are allowed on the music scores.
6. The package with the materials (listed above in point 4) should be sent to the following address:

Attn. Mr. Svetoslav Karagenov
- for the Composition Competition
Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts
2, Todor Samodoumov str.
4000 Plovdiv, BULGARIA

The Executive committee is free of the obligation of returning the materials, submitted by the candidates.
The participation fee is non-refundable, in case the candidate withdraws his participatiom from the competition.

II. The Jury:
1. The submitted compositions are evaluated by a Jury of outstanding Bulgarian composers.
2. The Jury strictly adheres to the regulations, sanctioned by the Executive Committee.
3. The Jury has the right not to award all of the listed prizes.
4. The decisios of the Jury are final and are not subject to appeal.

III. Prizes:
1. The prizes for each of the categories are:
First prize: 500
Second prize: 350
Third prize: 200
The Special Prize of the Municipality Council of Pazardzhik
2. Some other prizes (of foundations, private persons etc.) can be awarded by
the decision of the Jury.
3. The Executive Committee assists for the award-winning works with the special award of the Municipality of Pazardzhik to be included in the concert poster of the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts "Prof. Asen Diamandiev", season 2022-2023.

application form

Application form - A4 in MS Word format

competition contributors

Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts Union of Bulgarian Composers
Directorate "Contemporary art and artistic education" at the Ministry of Culture - Sofia
Pazardjik Municipality Plovdiv Municipality

winners from previous competitions

Winners from the first competitionWinners from the second competition
Winners from the third competition Winners from the forth competition
Winners from the fifth competition Winners from the sixth competition
Winners from the seventh competitionWinners from the eighth competition
Winners from the ninth competition

Seventh International Competition Competition

Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts
Bulgaria, 4000 Plovdiv
2, T. Samodumov Str.
Tel. +359 32 60 14 41
Fax +359 32 63 16 68,

Secretary: Mr. Svetoslav Karagenov
Tel. +359 32 958 597

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