Biography

Alexander Kamenarov

Western Music
Western Percussion Teacher

Alexander completed his music education with two master degrees from the National Music Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria (Professor and Dr. Tatyana Karparova), and the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria, where he had the chance to work with one of the most outstanding percussionists of our time, Professor and Dr. Peter Sadlo.

He is the founding member of the Via Nova Percussion Group (www.vianovapercussion.com) with whom he won first prize at the most prestigious percussion competition in Luxembourg in 2005 (IPCL).

As a soloist and chamber music artist he has been invited to renowned music festivals such as International Percussion Convent in Taipei, Taiwan; Percussion Festival Hong Kong; Beijing Percussion Festival; Sergiu Celibidache Festival in Munich; MDR Musiksommer in Germany; Schwetzingen Festspiele in Germany; Echternach Festival in Luxembourg; Aspekte Festival in Salzburg; Biennale in Salzburg; and Les museiques Festival in Basel.

As a timpanist and percussionist Alexander performed with Camerata Salzburg; Mozarteum Orchester in Salzburg; Les Talens Lyrique in Paris; Orchestre des Champs-Elysées in Paris; Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra; Austrian Ensemble for New Music (ÖENM).

In 2009-2010 Alexander Kamenarov was invited as a guest lecturer at the National Music Academy, where he taught for the first time in Bulgaria, “History, interpretation and stylistic in the Austrian classical music from XVIII, XIX and XX century, performed on Viennese timpani, Snare Drum and Mallet Instruments.“ He has given master classes in Bulgaria, Germany, France, Austria, Japan, Hong Kong and China, and was a jury member at the International Competition for Percussion Instruments Pendim in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (2005, 2007 and 2009) and at the Percussion Festival Hong Kong (2007).

He has released three CDs with Via Nova Percussion Group: Bulgarian Night (2005), The next Generation (2007) and Sculpture in wood (2010).

Since 2008 he has been a member of the Austrian society of authors, composers and music publishers.

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