updated 2 July 2013

Yassen Vodenitcharov

Bulgarian composer born in 1964.

Yassen Vodenitcharov studied music theory, analysis, orchestration, music history, piano, and composition at the Sofia Conservatory from 1985 to 1990, graduating cum laude.

In 1990-1991, he attended a workshop at the GRM (Groupe de recherches musicales at Radio France). In 1991, he began further composition studies with Paul Méfano in Paris. In 1993, he was awarded a first prize at the 10th International Contemporary Music Competition in Tokyo. In 1995, he received a second prize in composition from the Paris Conservatoire, and in 1997, he began a doctorate in music and musicology on music associated with IRCAM at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris, under the direction of Hugues Dufourt, graudating in 2008. He currently teaches music theory at the Jacques Ibert Conservatory in Paris.

In 2001, he received a Beaumarchais Grant from SACEM to compose his opera, L’arbre qui parle. This work was later performed in the Studio-Theatre at the Comédie Française. In 2005, he was awarded the Jury and Public Prizes in the Bruno Maderna International Composition Competition in Würzburg, and was composer-in-residence at Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto. In 2006, he won first prize in the International Competition of Composition for Percussion in Marmande (France), and in 2008, was awarded a special prize in the “Music and Sea” Festival in Marseille.

His works have been performed and broadcast on the radio throughout Europe and in Japan, Canada, USA, Venezuela, and Australia.

© Ircam-Centre Pompidou, 2013


  • Yassen VODENITCHAROV, 1. Concerto pour violon ; 2. Lucioles ; 3. Sept bagatelles ; 4. Les oiseaux du lac Stymphale, 5. Les mécaniques célestes, Alexis Galpérine, violon, Ensemble 2e2m, direction : Pierre Roullier (1), Rozalina Kassabova : soprano, Rossen Idealov : clarinette, Tatiana Karparova : percussion (2), Fuminori Tanada, piano préparé (3), Nathalie Forget : ondes Martenot, Pierre Cussac : accordéon (4) Orchestre Symphonique de la Radio Sofia, direction : Ivan Stoïanov (5), 1 cd Gega New, Sofia, à paraître fin 2013.
  • Yassen VODENITCHAROV, Maji Music ; Rain-Making Song ; Four Studies ; Répliques ; Songs for Dead Leaves, Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Contemporain Montréal+, Susan Fancher, Sylvain Malezyeux : saxophones, Céline Joly : clavecin, André Ristic : piano, David Veilleux : clarinette, Rozalina Kassabova-Kushinchanova : mezzo-Soprano, Johanne Morin : violon, Orchestre Français de flûtes, Grigor Palikarov, Yves Prin : direction, 1 cd Gega, GD 345.