Simeon Venkov

Simeon Venkov

7.Х.1943

Sofia - Bulgaria

composer, contrabass, pedagouge

Simeon Venkov graduated from the State Academy of Music in 1967 majoring in Music Pedagogy and Double Bass. In 1969 he was appointed lecturer of Double Bass and Bass Guitar at the Pop and Jazz Music Faculty of the State Academy of Music. He toured with the Sofia Orchestra and with other ensembles. In 1981 he graduated from the Hans Eisler Conservatoire in Berlin majoring in Bass Guitar, Arrangement and Composition. In 1976 he founded the band Rondo-Sextet and gave concerts throughout Bulgaria and also in Austria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Germany, Hungary, Russia, former Yugoslavia, Korea and India. He was member of the band Jazz Trio+X. He took part in a number of recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio and the Bulgarian National Television. From 1990 to 1993 he worked in India. There he played with Indian jazz musicians. After 1993 he has focused on electronic music. He has been teaching at the State Academy of Music and the New Bulgarian University. He is a member of the Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers.

He composed chamber works; the music to over 50 films; theatre music; pop songs, jazz pieces. He also made over 800 arrangements for various ensembles. His compositions were recorded and released on LP. His musical and poetical recitals An Extraordinary Friendship (Dimcho Debelianov – Nikolay Liliev) as well as The Most Distinguished Son of the Town of Koprivshtitza (Todor Kableshkov) were released on a CD. In 1996 the song I Couldn’t Be Like You won the prize of the Union of Bulgarian Composers at The Golden Orpheus Festival. Film scores of his were awarded at authoritative festivals.  

Works

Chamber music:

On the Snow Peaks of the Himalayas – impression for flute and piano; Petruna – for four double basses and percussions; Bulgarian Dance Ganka for double bass and piano; The Pine for violoncello and piano; Landscapes from Koprivstitsa – for string quartet and flute; Birthday for violin and piano; Veliko Tarnovo – impression for piano and violin; On the Ridge of Stara Planina for clarinet, violin and piano; Make Me a New Name for violoncello, piano and flute; U Stankini (At Stanka’s House) for two double basses and piano; Bulgarian Land for double bass and piano.

Selected books (published in Bulgarian):

Thirty-three Studies for Bass Guitar (Sofia, 1983); Ten Pieces for Bass Guitar, Piano and Percussion (Sofia, 1990); Ten Scales and Four Pentatonic Scales in Twelve Tonalities for Improvisation (Sofia, 1990).