The Almanac of NAM “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov”, created in 2009, is Academy’s annual scientific journal, publishing articles in the field of musicology, music and dance. The Almanac founder is Prof. Tomi Karklisiyski, Sc.D. This journal is the successor of the Bulgarian State Conservatory Yearbook, published in the period 1960 – 1984.

Authors published are NMA and other higher education institution lecturers, domestic and international, also doctoral and postdoctoral scholars.

Bulgarian music and musicology representatives are an important aspect of this journal’s academic focus. An enclosed section is devoted to them, researching their music and music-scientific art.

Having in mind NMA’s music performance emphasize, the Almanac devotes special attention to performance – a topic that is not of such high priority in other national academic journals.

Another section of the Almanac deals with music pedagogy and methodology, music education – common and more specialized – for performers, singers, conductors, composers, music scientists, sound designers.



Associate Professor Nikolay Gradev, Ph.D.

Editor-in-Chief. Harmony lecturer at the NMA “Professor Pancho Vladigerov”. Also a harmony teacher at the National Music School “Lyubomir Pipkov” (since 1992) and in Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridsky” (2011 – 2017). Musicologist in research group “History of Music. New Time” at the Institute of Art Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (1999 – 2008). Member of Bulgarian Composers’ Union, section “Musicologists”. Holds a Council of Ministers Diploma of Republic of Bulgaria for contribution to the development of Bulgarian culture (2010) and an Award for contribution to the development of National Music School “Lyubomir Pipkov” and the Bulgarian musical and pedagogical school (2012). Research in the field of modal harmony and symmetry modes in European and Bulgarian music (Chromatic forms of pitch-measure symmetry in 19th century music (2014); Research Method of Dimitar Nenov’s Modal-Symmetric Musical Thinking (2012); Non-classical Conditions of Tonality in Petko Staynov’s Creative Works (Theoretical-methodological Study Based on the Composer’s Choral Music), 1995; Main Aspects of Modality in Petko Stainov’s Harmonic System (a paper devoted to this composer’s choir works using Yuriy Holopov’s methodology), 1990.

Professor Lyudmila Alexandrova, Sc.D. (Russia)

Musicologist in the Department of Composition at the Novosibirsk Conservatory (Academy) “M. I. Glinka”, Russia. She has written numerous studies about 20th century music, symmetry in the compositional techniques of B. Bartok, B. Tishchenko, S. Slonimsky, and others, the music of Siberian composers I. Bershadsky, G. Ivanov. She is the author of “Magnitude and symmetry in music: logical-historical aspect” (Порядок и симметрия в музыкальном искусстве: логико-исторический аспект. Новосибирск, 1995), a textbook “The ancient musical system” (Античная музыкальная система), introductory articles, comments, translations from Greek of Nikomachus of Gerassa, Ptolemy, Aristides Quintilianus. She also has written scientific and methodological papers about computer technology – a textbook in algorithmic computer system harmony and strict polyphonic style.

Professor Violaine de Larminat (Austria)

Born in Orléans, France. Studied organ under Jacques Laboureur, principal organist of the Orléans Cathedral, as well as piano, chamber music, and solfège at the Orléans Conservatoire. She continued her studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where she won several prizes, studying analysis with Jacques Casterède, harmony with Alain Bernaud, counterpoint with Jean-Claude Henry, and fugue with Edith Lejet. While at the Paris Conservatoire, she also attended the Sorbonne, studying music pedagogy, musicology, and piano with Dominique Kyung-Ae Kim. In 1992, she was admitted to the University of Music and Performance Arts in Vienna, where she studied organ with Alfred Mitterhofer, harpsichord with Augusta Campagne, and choir conducting with Erwin Ortner. There, she received diplomas in sacred music (1995) and organ performance (1996) and since 1995, has taught general musicianship courses such as ear training, listening analysis, and intonation training in the university’s department of Composition and Electroacoustics.

Professor Goritsa Naydenova, Ph.D.

Ethnomusicologist, a senior associate at the Institute of Art Studies of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and ethnomusicology and music folklore teacher at the NAM “Professor Pancho Vladigerov”. Music Section and Archive Chairman at the Art Research Institue. Deputy Chief Editor of “Bulgarsko Muzikoznanie” journal [“Bulgarian Musicology”, „Българско музикознание“]. Research interests and publications: Music of the traditional peasant culture (A Year – Life – History. Living and Dying of a Traditional Culture Through the Musicologist’s Eyes. Sofia, 2006), History of music folklore science in Bulgaria (From Philosophy to Folklore Science. The Unknown Stoyan Dzhudzhev. Sofia, 2013, Elena Stoin’s Music Folklore Dialects in Sound. Sofia, 2015).

Professor Svilen Raichev, Ph.D.

Voice and vocal pedagogy teacher at the NMA “Professor Pancho Vladigerov”. Division director (since 2012) of Classical Vocal Division. Follower of Bulgarian vocal school tradition, as represented by professors G. Zlatev-Cherkin and R. Ruskov. He researches vocal pedagogy, opera and operetta (Vocal Posture Technique and Esthetic Principles of Prof. Georgy Zlatev-Tcherkin, Continued and Developed Further by Professor Rusko Ruskov in Contemporary Bulgarian Pedagogic Practice. Sofia, 2017; The Operetta Artist and Building a Stage Image in Classical Operetta. Veliko Tyrnovo, 2009; Bulgarian Art Song in Vocal Pedagogue’s Vocal Posture Work. Sofia, 2001).

Professor Mariyana Bouleva, Sc.D.

Harmony and counterpoint teacher at the “St. Cyril and Methodius” University in Veliko Tyrnovo, associated member of the Institute of Art Studies of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, member of the editorial board of “Bulgarsko Muzikoznanie” journal [“Bulgarian Musicology”, „Българско музикознание“]. Research interests and publications: Music theory (About the Study of Music Harmony – Theoretical, Methodological and Methodical Aspects. Plovdiv, 2017; numerous studies and articles devoted to music harmony thought), History of harmony (Development of Harmony Instruction and Study in Bulgaria: History, Present, Perspectives. Veliko Tyrnovo, 1990, The Idea of Harmony (based upon Old Greek, Bysantian and Latin Texts). Plovdiv, 2009).

Associate Professor Snezhina Vrangova-Petkova, Ph.D.

Music analysis teacher at NAM “Professor Pancho Vladigerov” and the University of Veliko Tarnovo “St. Cyril and Methodius” (2002 – 2014); pianist, choir conductor in the “Konstantin Kissimov” Musical and Dramatic Theater, Veliko Tarnovo (2010 – 2017). Author of studies devoted to theoretic and historic-theoretic aspects of Bulgarian and European music culture: Genre development and synthesis (in variations, concerto, divertimento, instrumental song); Cross relations between form-building aspects – between music and other arts. Some publications: From Song to Art Form in Instrumental Music, Sofia, 2017, Aspects of Genre and Form in the Bulgarian Keyboard Concerto, From Its Birth Until the 80s of the 20th Century, dissertation, 2010, Key Aspects of Variation Form in Pancho Vladigerov, Dimitar Nenov and Lyubomir Pipkov’s Solo Piano Œuvre, NAM, 2005.

Evgenia Hristozova

Editor and Proofreader. Musicologist, editor of “Musical Horizons” journal (since 1983). Music history lecturer at the AMDFA – Plovdiv (1978 – 1980), an expert at the National Center for Music and dance of the Ministry of Culture (1994 – 1995), editor at the Bulgarian National Radio (1995 – 1996). Has done research, critic and publicist activity in the field of European and Bulgarian music.

Associate Professor Sabin Levi, DMA, FAGO

English transalator and editor. Teacher of music theory, counterpoint and organ at the NMA “Professor Pancho Vladigerov”. DMA in organ and composition, University of Kansas. Composer, organist, and carillonneur. Has studied in Bulgaria, Israel, USA and France. First prize winner of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Competition (as an organist, 1991 – 1992 and 1993 – 1994), Second prize at the Mayhew Composition Competition (1998), First prize at the Anthony B. Cius Composition Competition (2005). Published as a composer and musicologist in Bulgaria, Israel and the US. Concertizes as a pianist, composer, organist and carillonneur in Bulgaria, The Czech Republic, Serbia, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Israel, France and the US.

Nia Boneva

Proofreader. A Freshman in the Faculty of Music Theory at the NAM “Professor Pancho Vladigerov”. Graduated National Music High School “Dobri Hristov” – Varna specializing piano (2016). Teachers: Katya Tsvetkova and Boyan Bychvarov. Received numerous awards as a pianist, accompanist, chamber music player. Awarded a stipend from the Ministry of Culture (2013 – 2014, 2015 – 2016). Her professional interests lay in the sphere of harmony and music theory as a whole.


Prof. Virginia Atanassova, Sc.D.

Prof. Adriana Blagoeva, Ph.D.

Prof. Julian Kuyumdzhiev, Ph.D.

Prof. Anda Palieva, Ph.D.

Prof. Natasha Yapova, Ph.D.

Prof. Dimitar Tsanev, Ph.D.

Assoc. Prof. Vanya Bachvarova, Ph.D.

Assoc. Prof. Pavel Stefanov, Ph.D.

Assoc. Prof. Iskra Racheva