Peter Kerkelov

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Peter Kerkelov is a Bulgarian composer born on 18th January 1984.

Currently Peter Kerkelov is pursuing PhD in Ethnomusicology at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia. He holds Master’s degree in composition from Royal Conservatoire, The Hague where he studied under Martijn Padding and Guus Janssen. He holds another Master’s in composition from Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts (AMDFA), Plovdiv, Bulgaria, where his teacher was prof. Dimitar Tapkoff. From the same academy, he holds Bachelor in classical guitar and music pedagogy with teachers Milena and Valentin Valchev.

In 2006-2007, as an exchange student he studied composition under prof. Dan Dediu in National University of Music, Bucharest, Romania. Peter Kerkelov has been selected for masterclasses with Louis Andriessen, David Lang and Kaija Saariaho.

Currently, Peter Kerkelov is a teacher in Polyphony at AMDFA and “expert stage activity” and music score librarian at National Opera-Plovdiv. Prior to that, he was appointed as a classical guitar teacher at National School of Music and Dance Arts “Dobrin Petkov”, Plovdiv. Peter Kerkelov is a freelance composer since 2012.

Kerkelov’s music possesses ascetic sincerity and profound straightforwardness. Though gaming with repetitive overtone-based melodic structures with multiple, self-reflecting transmigrations, his works very often cross over the limits of mere sonic games and aim to the fields of philosophy, to those other art forms – elements of which he integrates in his conceptions.
– In 2015, he wrote ‘Time Etudes‘ for orchestra, two choirs and voice solo, originally commissioned by Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, later on to be commissioned by Bulgarian National Radio.
– The string quartet ‘Two Symphonies and Postumus‘ was commissioned by Dutch Chamber Music Society on its 100th Anniversary, and was written for Ruysdael Kwartet, who premiered the work.
– In 2011, he composed ‘Attempt at Screaming‘ for ASKO/Schoenberg Ensemble.
– As a part of 2010 “New York comes to The Hague” project, he wrote ‘HORO‘ for Bang on a Can-All Stars.

Currently, KLANGFORUM Wien member and accordionist Krassimir Sterev commissioned Kerkelov for a solo accordion composition. Previous commissioners include Ensemble KLANG, Royal Conservatoire The Hague, Duo CaJon among others.

Kerkelov’s music has sounded in Bulgaria, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria and the USA on distinguished venues such as Konzerthaus Wien, Gaudeamus Music Week, BOZAR Brussels and the annual New Bulgarian Music Preview in performances by Asko/Schoenberg Ensemble, “Bang on a Can All-Stars”, Ensemble PHACE (Austria), Ensemble “Musica Nova” (Bulgaria), Ruysdael Kwartet among others.

Next to that he has had a fruitful collaboration with Bulgarian National Radio (BNR), where up to date he recorded: ‘Time Etudes‘ with Orchestra and Choir of BNR with Israeli soprano Reut Rivka Shabi under Dragomir Yossifov; ‘Attempt at Screaming‘ with Ensemble Music Nova-Sofia under Dr. Yossifov; ‘Two Symphonies and Postumus‘ with string quartet FROSH (Bulgaria).

– In 2012, Kerkelov won 59th International Rostrum of Composers in Stockholm in “under 30” category with ‘Attempt at Screaming‘;
– In 2016, his ‘Time Etudes‘ received “Top 10 recommended work” in “General” category at 63rd International Rostrum of Composers in Wroclaw
– Finalist at Sentierri Selvaggi Composition Competition, Milano;
– Scholarship from Richard-Wagner-Stipendienstiftung – Bayreuth;
– Twice awarded “Grant for artistic high education” by Schuurman Schimmel-van Outeren Stichting;
– Twice awarded “Scholarship for classical music” by Raina Kabaivanska Foundation.

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