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Yanko Marinov

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Yanko Marinov

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Yanko Marinov was born on 9 July 1975 in the town of Bourgas, Bulgaria in a family of musicians. He completed his Secondary education (Piano) in 1994. As a pianist he won the following awards: First Prize at "D. Nenov" Piano Competition, 1991; First Prize at the festival of Bulgarian works, 1989; Second Prize at "Sv. Obretenov" National Competition.
In 1994, he was enrolled as a student in the “P. Vladigerov” State Academy of Music in the Organ (Prof. N. Krysteva) and Piano classes at the Instrumental Faculty. He studied some of the theoretical disciplines according to a special extended curriculum: a three - year course of counterpoint with Prof. N. Krysteva, a four-year course in history of music, a two-year course in philosophy, etc. Since 1994 he has attended some courses of musical medievalism, Byzantine music, neumatic notations and tabulatur note writing.
Y. Marinov studied organ with Prof. N. Krysteva. As an organ player, he was a prizewinner of the "Shore of Hope" Festival, Dobritch 1996. He performed integrals of works by Bach and Buxtehude (1997- 1998), and recitals with works by M. Reger, as well as various participations in mixed concert programs.
The following more important works are included in his organ repertoire: S. Scheidt-Tabulatura Nova; all organ works by J. P. Sweelinck, G. Frescobaldi, D. Buxtehude, J. S. Bach, F. Liszt., M. Reger, many works by Mendelsohn, Brahms, Messiaen, Jean Guillou, etc.
He has participated in Jean Guillou’s Master classes in Zürich in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2005. In October 1997 he attended the Organ Festival held in Athens' "Megaron" Hall where he had the opportunity to take part in the master classes of J. Geffert, W. van de Pool, N. Hakim, B. Drage, and N. Kynaston. During the festival he had a concert at the Anglican Church in Athens. In May 2002 he took part in a special concert dedicated to the visit of His Holiness, Pope John Paul II in Bulgaria. In 2006 he had an organ recital in Duomo di Modena dedicated to the celebration of its 900th anniversary.
In 2001 Y. Marinov established the early music consort "CONCERTO ANTICO" which, since then has successfully given numerous concerts. He is one of the founders of the Organ Society established at the Sofia Philharmony in December 2002.
Because of his studies over Byzantine musicology, Y. Marinov was awarded with a Herder scholarship by Foundation "Alfred Toepfer" in order to continue his studies in Wien. In 2000 – 2001 he was a student in the organ class of Prof. R Scholz - Universitaet fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Wien and the Institut fuer Byzantinistik at the Universitaet Wien.
Since 2004 he has been a PhD student at the Institute of Art Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in the field of the medieval music and Greek paleography. Supervisor of his Ph.D thesis is Prof. Elena Toncheva.
Yanko Marinov is also organist of the cathedral church St. Josef in Sofia. During the last three years, he presented a series of concerts dedicated to Max Reger. He gave various concerts with early, romantic and modern organ music, some of which for Bulgarian National Television and Radio.