Sevdalin Stefanov – Bulgaria

Sevdalin Stefanov was born in 1972 in the town of Dobrich. He started playing the guitar in 1981. After that he studied successively with Trendafil Mihailov from 1983 to 1985; Valentin Valchev from 1985 to 1990 and Lyuben Haralambiev from 1990 to 1992.

In the period 1992 – 1996 he was a student at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv in the guitar class of Georgi Tsonev. He specialized in the same academy in 2001 and 2012. As a student he actively participated in various musical formations. In 1994 he created a guitar quartet, with which he performed successfully in the country. At his request, Assoc. Prof. Ivan Dimov wrote “Concertino for Guitar Quartet and Orchestra”. The work was performed for the first time in 1997 on Bulgarian National Television on the occasion of the composer’s 70th birthday.

In the period 1996 – 2000 Sevdalin Stefanov was a guitar teacher at the National school of arts “Dobri Hristov”, community center “Father Paisii” and Youth Home “Orbita” in Varna.

From 2000 to 2005 he worked as a musician in Greenland, Monaco, France, Italy, Greece, the United Arab Emirates, the Caribbean and others.

Since 2005 he has been a guitar teacher at the Dobri Hristov National School of Arts in Varna, and since 2010 he has been the head of the Classical Guitar Department at the same school. He participates as a jury in national and international guitar festivals and competitions.

In 2010 he edited and published a collection of guitar “Romance of Memory” with plays by Lyuben Haralambiev, in connection with the 80th anniversary of the famous teacher. In 2011 he released “Concertino for Guitar Quartet and Orchestra” by Ivan Dimov; 2012 “Classical Guitar in Varna” – first and second edition; 2013 “Guitar Pieces” by Georgi Harizanov, and in 2015 he edited and published “Musical Moods” – guitar pieces by Nikolay Yordanov.

Sevdalin Stefanov is chairman of the Association “Friends of the Classical Guitar” and one of the organizers of the traditional music festival “Days of the Classical Guitar” in Varna.