PETER KERKELOV

.BIO

General information

Peter Kerkelov (b. 1984) is a Bulgarian composer. A musician possessing ascetic sincerity and profound straightforwardness, 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.

Compositions

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. Highlights in his creative work are:

  • In 2018-2019, commission by State Opera-Plovdiv to write ‘The Pied Piper and the Cars‘ – Music theater-Ballet for children for soprano, bass, two choirs, wind instruments, percussion and electronics. On libretto by Dragomir Yossifov based on self-titled story by Gianni Rodari. Staged by the Russian choreographer Liliya Burdinskaya.   
  • 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.
  • In 2017 he was commissioned by Apollonia Festival of Arts to compose ‘Windows and Oranges‘ for accordion and string orchestra. The piece was premiered by Krassimir Sterev (KLANGFORUM Wien) and Chamber Ensemble Sofia Soloists under Plamen Djouroff.
  • The string quartet ‘Two Symphonies and Postumus‘ was commissioned by the 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.
Awards
  • 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
Career

Peter Kerkelov is a freelance composer since 2012.

As of 2017 Kerkelov is represented exclusively by the Dutch Contemporary Music Publishing House DONEMUS 

Currently, he is Lead Research Assistant in Ethnomusicology at Institute of Art Studies in Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Previously he was appointed as a teacher in Counterpoint and Orchestration at AMDFA and served as “expert stage activity” and music score librarian at State Opera-Plovdiv. Prior to that, he was appointed as a classical guitar teacher at National School of Music and Dance Arts “Dobrin Petkov”, Plovdiv.

Previous projects include commissions by Trio Imàge (Berlin), Ensemble CRUSH (Germany), ppIANISSIMO Festival, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Dutch Chamber Music Society, Royal Conservatoire-The Hague among others.

Kerkelov’s music has been performed in Bulgaria, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia and the USA in distinguished venues such as Konzerthaus Wien, Gaudeamus Music Week, BOZAR Brussels, Teatro Massimo, Palermo in performances by Asko/Schoenberg Ensemble, “Bang on a Can All-Stars”, Ensemble PHACE (Austria), Ensemble “Musica Nova-Sofia”, Sofia Soloists with Krassimir Sterev, Ruysdael Kwartet (The Netherlands), Antonii Baryshevskyi (Ukraine), Hayk Melikyan (Armenia) among others.

Next to that he has a fruitful collaboration with Bulgarian National Radio, where up to date he has recorded: ‘Time Etudes‘ with the 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 FROSCH (Bulgaria).

Education

Peter Kerkelov holds a PhD degree in Ethnomusicology from Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Master’s degree in composition from Royal Conservatoire, The Hague where he studied under Martijn Padding and Guus Janssen, as well Master’s in composition from Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts (AMDFA), Plovdiv, Bulgaria, where his teacher was prof. Dimitar Tapkoff. From AMDFA he has also a Bachelor degree 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.

Selected for masterclasses with Louis Andriessen, David Lang and Kaija Saariaho.

Testimony

THE INAPPROPRIATE MAN CALLED THE COMPOSER – Peter Kerkelov about Peter Kerkelov. 

Video testimony in Russian with English, Bulgarian and Greek subtitles:

.NEWS

Obtained PhD in Ethnomusicology

Kerkelov obtained a PhD degree in Ethnomusicology from the Art Studies Institute of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences under the scientific supervision of prof. Goritza Naidenova. His dissertation "Vocal ornamentation in Bulgarian traditional music. Notational aspects of...

Commission for a new opera by State Opera – Plovdiv

State Opera - Plovdiv commissioned Peter Kerkelov to write an opera, which will be premiered in season 2019/2020. The new opera "The Pied Piper and the Cars" will be a music-theater/ballet for children on a libretto by Dragomir Yossifov, based on a self-titled story...

Commission by Trio Imàge

The Berlin based piano trio Trio Image commissioned Peter Kerkelov for a new piece, which will premiered in Germany in 2019.

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PETER KERKELOV

.EVENTS

t.b.a. 2023             New composition Les Cris De Paris (France)
under Geoffroy Jourdain
Radio France Recording Studio,
Paris, France
22.12. Night and Day Hymns Antonii Baryshevskyi (Ukraine) National Philharmonic Concert Hall,
Kiev, Ukraine
09.11. The Piece Piper and the Cars

Orchestra, Choir, Children Choir and Ballet of State Opera-Plovdiv

Cond: Dragomir Yossifov
Choreographer/director: Liliya Burdinskaya (Russia)
3D scenography: Petko Tanchev
Artist: Ventzislav Dikov
Costumes: Maria Manuilova (Russia)

“Boris Christoff House of Culture” Concert Hall, Plovdiv, BG
26.10. The Piece Piper and the Cars

Orchestra, Choir, Children Choir and Ballet of State Opera-Plovdiv

Cond: Dragomir Yossifov
Choreographer/director: Liliya Burdinskaya (Russia)
3D scenography: Petko Tanchev
Artist: Ventzislav Dikov
Costumes: Maria Manuilova (Russia)

“Boris Christoff House of Culture” Concert Hall, Plovdiv, BG
15.09. Ecstatic eruptions… Trio Imàge (Berlin) Duisburger Philharmoniker,
Duisburg, Germany
30.03. Coordinates of a Temple Ensemble CRUSH (Germany) March Music Days Festival,
Ruse, BG

10.12.

Night and Day Hymns

Hayk Melikyan (Armenia)

Komitas Museum,
Yerevan, Armenia

27.04.

Night and Day Hymns

Hayk Melikyan (Armenia)

Bulgarian National Radio Concert Hall, Sofia, BG
(during ppIANISSIMO FESTIVAL)

19.11. Attempt at Screaming Thallein Ensemble (UK) BOZAR, Brussels, BL
25.10. Coordinates of a Temple Ensemble CRUSH (Germany) Bulgarian National Radio, Sofia, BG
(during Agitato Sofia Chamber Festival)
25.10. Attempt at Screaming Ensemble Musica Contemporanea V. Bellini Conservatory Teatro Massimo, Palermo, IT
(during Settimane di nuova musica)
15.10. Horo Contemporanea Interactive Art Ensemble Sofia Live Club, National Palace of Culture,
Sofia, BG
(during Concordia Festival)
30.08. Windows and Oranges Krassimir Sterev (KLANGFORUM Wien) and Sofia Soloists, under Plamen Djouroff Apollonia Festival of Arts, Sozopol, BG
19.05. Attempt at Screaming Ensemble Musica Contemporanea V. Bellini Conservatory Scarlatti Hall, V. Bellini Conservatory, Palermo, IT
31.03. Attempt at Screaming Thallein Ensemble (UK) Recital Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham, UK

11.12.

Attempt at Screaming

Thallein Ensemble, UK

BOZAR, Brussels

22-26.02.

Time Etudes

Orchestra and Female Choir of Bulgarian National Radio with
Reut Rivka Shabi-soprano (Israel) under Dragomir Yossifov

Recording Sessions at the
Bulgarian National Radio

05.03.

Attempt at Screaming

Ensemble “Musica Nova” under Dragomir Yossifov

Chamber Hall “Bulgaria”
Sofia, Bulgaria

11-12.12.

Two Symphonies and Postumus

Frosch String Quartet

Recording Sessions at the

Bulgarian National Radio

23.10.

Horo

Ensemble PHACE
Under Simeon Pironkoff

Konzerthaus Wien
Berio-saal
Vienna, Austria

20.10.

Horo

Ensemble PHACE
Under Simeon Pironkoff

Konzerthaus Wien
(100th Anniversary) Schubert-saal
Vienna, Austria

04.04.

Two Symphonies and Postumus

Frosch String Quartet

Union of Bulgarian Composers (UBC) Hall
Sofia, Bulgaria

11.11.

Two Symphonies and Postumus

Ruysdael Kwartet

Diligentia Theater
The Hague, The Netherlands
(100th Anniversary Dutch Chamber Music Society)

07.09.

Five Songs on Bulgarian Folk Lyrics

Reut Rivka Shabi – voice

Peter Kerkelov – guitar

Huis a/d Werf
Utrecht, The Netherlands
(during Gaudeamus Music Week)

21.05.

Five Songs on Bulgarian Folk Lyrics

Veronique van der Mijeden – voice

Yiannys Giagourtas – guitar

Korzo theater
The Hague, The Netherlands

25-26.10.

Attempt at Screaming

Ensemble “Musica Nova” under Dragomir Yossifov

Recording Sessions at the
Bulgarian National Radio

05.09.

…in memoriam Dimitar Tapkov “Without External Sound”

Reut Rivka Shabi – voice
Paula Brouwer – perc.

Royal Conservatoire The Hague

24.06.

Attempt at Screaming

Ensemble “Musica Nova” under Dragomir Yossifov

UBC Concert Hall
Sofia, Bulgaria

16.04.

Attempt at Screaming

ASKO/Schoenberg Ens.

under Bas Wiegers

Korzo theater 
The Hague, The Netherelands

15.04.

Attempt at Screaming

ASKO/Schoenberg Ens.
under Bas Wiegers

World Music and Dance Center
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

14.03.

Horo (for orchestra)

Vratsa Symphony Orchestra under Valeri Vachev

UBC Concert Hall (during New Music Preview Festival)
Sofia, Bulgaria

07.03.

Five Songs on Bulgarian Folk Lyrics

Olga Mihailova – voice
Valentin Valchev – guitar

UBC Concert Hall
(during New Music Preview Festival)
Sofia, Bulgaria

19.04.

Eremia

Ensemble “Musica Nova” under Dragomir Yossifov

 UBC Concert Hall
(during New Music Preview Festival)
Sofia, Bulgaria

12.04.

Horo (for amplified ens.)

Bang on a Can All-Stars
(New York)

Korzo theater –
The Hague, The Netherelands

.WORKS

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.PUBLISHER

All works by Peter Kerkelov are exclusively published by DONEMUS.

Find Peter Kerkelov’s scores in DONEMUS’ catalogue

Donemus (compounded from Documentatiecentrum NederlandseMuziek) is the Dutch institute dealing with the documentation of contemporary music composed in the Netherlands. Founded in 1947 it published thousands of scores and produced all instrumental parts.

After 2000 it merged with organizations like Centrum voor Nederlandse Muziek (CNM), RIM, Gaudeamus and the NPI.

After 65 years the government stopped the subsidy and starting from January 2013 a small Donemus continued on a commercial basis.

.CONTACTS

Contact me trough email or use the form:

peter_kerkelov@abv.bg