ATANAS OURKOUZOUNOV (b 1970 )
Atanas Ourkouzounov is a foremost contemporary Bulgarian composer and guitarist. He grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he began guitar studies with Dimitar Doitchinov. He continued his studies in Paris in 1992 with Arnaud Dumond, Alexandre Lagoya, and Olivier Chassain. In 1997 he graduated from the Paris Conservatoire and was awarded First Prize in guitar.
As a composer he has won many international awards, and has written over 80 works for guitar including solos, duos, quartets, instrumental ensembles, and two concertos. A large proportion of these have been published by Doberman-Yppan, Productions d’OZ, and Henry Lemoine. His works have been performed and recorded by leading guitarists from many countries.
Atanas Ourkouzounov has made a number of recordings himself and played concerts worldwide in Europe, the US and Japan, including recitals with the Japanese flautist Mie Ogura. He also teaches at the Conservatoire Maurice Ravel, Paris.