Gancho Penchev Gavazov


Gancho Penchev Gavazov
Bulgaria

Gancho teaches at the National School of Folklore Arts "Shiroka Luka" and also leads "Cosmic Voices from Bulgaria" and vocal quartet "Vaya". Gancho shares: "for me, folk music is a way of life, of constant search and development."

Gancho Penchev Gavazov was born in Karlovo, Bulgaria. At the age of eleven he started playing gadulka, a traditional Bulgarian instrument. In 2002, after applying he was admitted to the National School of Folklore Arts "Shiroka Luka" in the village of Shiroka Luka with a specialty "Gadulka". He continued education at the Academy of Music Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv with the specialties Performing Arts – Folk Instruments in the class of Prof. Todor Kirov and Conducting of Folk Composition in the classes of Assoc. Prof. Ivan Deliradev, Prof. Kostadin Buradzhiev and Prof. Vassil Mihailov. As a student, Gancho had an opportunity to start working at Shiroka Luka as a conductor of the folk choir and vocal chamber ensembles. He is currently continuing his work there, also teaching string and orchestral playing. Since 2014, the singer and teacher also works with the professional female folk choir "Cosmic Voices from Bulgaria" as well as with the vocal quartet "Vaya". Gancho has received awards from the "New Bulgarian Music in 7/8" competition in Chepelare in the vocal music section. In March 2015 he has participated in the project "Song Relics", where the choir lead by Gnacho presented a concert of "Cosmic Voices from Bulgaria" together with the Sofia Philharmonic and folk musicians Nedyalko Nedyalkov, Peyo Peev, Petio Kostadinov, Valery Dimchev and opera singer Inna Kancheva. Since 2017 he teaches chamber ensembles at the Academy in Plovdiv. Gancho has also participated in international competitions and concerts in different countries such as Greece, Ireland, France, England, Belgium, Poland and others; His overall work in Bulgaria is related to different age groups, starting with secondary school students, students and already professional performers, which gives me a broad perspective on the specifics of folk choirs and vocal ensembles. For me, folk music is a way of life, of constant search and development.