Non-profit association for public benefit – NGO in OP “Summer Academy of Arts” was established on 16.07.2013.
Academician Venko Aleksandrov
He is a Chairman of the Sofia Philharmonic Society since 2012 and Well-known scientist with various interests and international fame. Academician Aleksandrov is also an acknowledged anesthesiologist. He has more than 150 students from different countries like Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, Syria, Algeria, Iran, Kuwait, and the USA. Academician Venko Aleksandrov has been a member of the 39th National Assembly, and during that time he has been a chairman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Parliament Assembly of Francophone, Member of the Commission of Culture, Chairman of the Group of Friendship with Belarus, Vice chairman of the Group of Friendship with France, Member of the Group of Friendship with Italy, Member of the Supervisory Board of Milosardie Hospice. He had been an active propagandist of the Italian opera of Music and Art. Academician Aleksandrov had also given series of lectures in the country and organized numerous significant events and concerts. For his merits, he was honored with a gold medal and diploma for an expert in the field of science and arts, and for spreading them in our country.
Prof. Petko Radev
is an outstanding figure, unique performer, and a teacher of generations of musicians.
He gets his university education in the National Music Academy – Sofia, where he studied clarinet under the guidance of Prof. Sava Dimitrov.
Between 1961 – 1974, he was the first solo-clarinetist of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and between 1974 – 1985 he was the first solo-clarinet in the orchestra of the Milan La Scala.
In his last years, he worked as a clarinet professor at the Academy of Music and Dancing Arts in Plovdiv and the National Academy in Sofia.
Petko Radev is a well-known instrumentalist and musician. He was distinguished jury member in lots numerous of national and international competitions in Geneva, Bucharest, Lisbon.
Maria Prinz was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in a family of musicians. Her father is the famous Bulgarian conductor and composer – Konstantin Iliev.
She studied at the Music University “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin with Rudolf Dunckel, in Vienna with Jörg Demus and in Paris with Yvonne Lefébure.
Maria Prinz has performed with some leading orchestras throughout Europe, including several performances with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. She has collaborated with renowned conductors Riccardo Muti at the Salzburg Festival, Seiji Ozawa in Vienna, and with Neville Marriner in Bulgaria.
As a soloist, she has appeared on stage in the United States, throughout Europe and in Japan. Her chamber music collaborations include numerous performances with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, including the flutists Dieter Flury and Wolfgang Schulz, and clarinetists Alfred Prinz and Peter Schmidl, among others.
In addition to her performing career, she has been teaching chamber music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna since 1987.
Prof. Svetozar Benchev
Svetozar Benchev was born in Burgas, Bulgaria. In 1989, he gradauted Painting at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia.
He was awarded a Dechko Uzunov Scholarship of the Union of Bulgarian Artists for postgraduate studies (1990). Since 2003, he has been an Associate Professor at the Drawing Department in the National Academy of Arts.
In 2004, Prof. Benchev conducted a workshop with lectures at the Saint-Lukas Beedldende Kunstq.
Since 2007, he has been a head department of the drawing faculty at the National Academy of Arts.
Professor Svetozar Benchev has numerous solo exhibitions.
He is also a member of the Union of Bulgarian Artists.