VASIL KAZANDJIEV belongs to the brightest names, established as modern classics of Bulgarian music. He graduated from the Bulgarian National Academy of Music in Sofia (1957) where he studied composition in the class of Prof. Pancho Vladigerov and conducting with prof. Vladi Simeonov. As a student at the academy in 1957, Kazandjiev led the Symphonietta Orchestra to winning the laureate title in the category for large orchestra at the Sixth International Youth Festival in Moscow, with jury chairman Dmitry Shostakovich. His career as a conductor started at the Sofia Opera (1957 – 1964). In 1962, he headed the Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble and worked as its principal conductor until 1978. Under the direction of Vassil Kazandjiev the ensemble was recognized as one of the leading orchestras of Bulgaria and performed on multiple concert tours in Bulgaria and abroad, participated in all national festivals, established itself on the international scene. Principal conductor of the Bulgarian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra (1979-1993). In the repertoire of the two ensembles, tradition and modernity, Bulgarian and Foreign Titles are equally represented, including works from the Baroque to the music of the twentieth century.
Kazandjiev is also engaged in extensive recording activity. His brilliant achievements as conductor have become an artistic stimulus for a number of Bulgarian composers. From 1985 onwards, he is a professor of operatic and symphonic conducting. Elected in 2005 a corresponding member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and in 2009 was named an academician in the Creative Art sector. With his overall activity as a musician, Vassil Kazandjiev contributed greatly to promoting modern music in Bulgaria, as well as to the implementation of Bulgarian music works abroad. He is the author of numerous musical works: seven symphonies and other works for Symphony Orchestra, instrumental concertos, film scores and music for theatrical productions, choral and chamber works. Although in the sixties and the seventies the name of Kazandjiev was associated with the so-called Bulgarian musical avant-garde, he formed his own style, which established him as a meritorious representative of European music. Every new symphonic or chamber work of the composer becomes a cultural event, presented with success on different festivals or concert forums both in Bulgaria and abroad.