MIROSLAV DIMOV (1989) was educated as a musician (pianist and percussionist) at the Music School in Stara Zagora and at the Music Academy in Sofia, from which he graduated with a Master’s degree in the percussion class of Tatiana Karparova (2013). Since then, he has been employed as a percussion lecturer (in the Department of Wind and Percussion Instruments at the Academy of Music in Sofia), performer and PhD researcher ( PhD defended 2020). He has studied in the master classes of Tatiana Koleva, Emmanuel Séjourné, Bogdan Bacanu and Ivana Bilic. He has specialised (2015) in the Erasmus+ programme at the Académie supérieure de musique in Stasbourg, France under world musicians in the speciality – prof. Emmanuel Séjourné, prof. Denis Riedinger and prof. Stéphane Fourgerot. He was a fellow of the Yordan Kamdzhalov Foundation (2013).
He has won national and international prizes, including: the Student of the Year Prize (2012); first prize in the highest category – International Percussion Competition “PAS Italia” Montesilvano (2014); winner of the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov First National Awards for outstanding musical performers (2015); nomination for “Crystal Lyre” in the Young Performer category (2019). Throughout his professional career he has actively performed solo and chamber concerts in Bulgaria, France, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland and Poland. He has performed projects with the Thracian Percussion Group and Thracian Soloists. He writes his own transcriptions for plate percussion of classical works by A. Vivaldi, D. Scarlatti, J. Pachelbel and J. S. Bach.
He is co-author ( together with Emmelina Gorcheva) of the Concerto for marimba, piano, percussion and string orchestra “Boundless Worlds”, performed in March 2016 with the Strasbourg Philharmonic under Etienne Bardon. It was followed by premieres in China, Australia, the USA, Japan and the UK. The concerto is also included in the compulsory programmes of percussion competitions in Bulgaria.
Dimov, as a performer, is the subject of the marimba work Odessa (2012) by the American composer Matthew Lorrick, which gained popularity in the USA thanks to his performance and recording. Dimov also performed the world premiere of Emil Tabakov’s Concerto for marimba, vibraphone, drum and chamber orchestra under his direction in Gabrovo, Varna and Sofia. The work was performed at the jubilee international festival Sofia Music Weeks under the baton of Plamen Djourov and Sofia Soloists.
Dimov participated as a jury member in the National Competition for the Performance of Bulgarian Music “Varban Varbanov” and the International Competition for the Performance of German and Austrian Music “MAGIC”, Burgas.