Pancho Vladigerov

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Date of Birth March 13, 1899
Place of Birth Bulgaria
Date of Death Sep 8, 1978 (79)
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Pancho Vladigerov

Pancho Haralanov Vladigerov was a Bulgarian composer, pedagogue, and pianist. Vladigerov is arguably the most influential Bulgarian composer of all time. He was one of the first to successfully combine idioms of Bulgarian folk music and classical music. Part of the so-called Second Generation Bulgarian Composers, he was among the founding members of the Bulgarian Contemporary Music Society, which later became the Union of Bulgarian Composers. Vladigerov marked the beginning of a number of genres in Bulgarian music, including the violin sonata and the piano trio. He was also a very respected pedagogue; his students include practically all notable Bulgarian composers of the next generation, such as Alexander Raichev, Alexander Yossifov, Stefan Remenkov, and many others, as well as the pianist Alexis Weissenberg.

About Pancho Vladigerov

Bulgaria's most important and influential composer. He was one of the first to combine its folk music with West Europe's art music.

Before Fame

He won the Mendelssohn Prize at the Berlin University of the Arts twice, in 1918 and 1920.


His most acclaimed and performed composition was "Vardar Rhapsody" or "Bulgarian Rhapsody," which was first written for violin and piano.

Family Life

His grandfather Leon Pasternak had a profound impact on him, especially musically, as Leon would play the violin with him and his brother. His mother was related to the writer Boris Pasternak.


His 1950 symphony "Jewish Poem" earned him much acclaim, perhaps most of all from Dmitri Shostakovich who said that a work like it only came along once every century.

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  • Burials at Central Sofia Cemetery
  • Herder Prize recipients
  • Jewish classical composers
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Latest information about Pancho Vladigerov updated on October 23, 2020.

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