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Dimitar Bodurov

Bulgarian jazz pianist and composer Dimitar Bodurov (1979) shaped his authentic musical signature, combining a solid background in jazz improvisation and classical composition with his love for folklore and electronica.

His latest album Solo in Bonnis a live registration of his concert at Beethoven’s huis in November 2018. A lyrical and virtuosic rendition of free improvisations and original compositions based on folklore themes.

Since 2000, Dimitar has been residing in Amsterdam (NL). He has been actively performing throughout the Netherlands and Europe. Bodurov has received several jazz awards, the most recent of which is a mention at the Martial Solal Jazz Solo Piano Competition in Paris (2010).

Bodurov has released a number of CD and digital albums as a leader, producer and guest for Dutch and Norwegian labels. In 2012 he founded his own label Optomusic, where he released albums in collaborations with musicians like Theodosii Spassov, Sandip Bhattacharya, Michael Moore and others. 

As a composer, Bodurov has written mostly chamber works in various settings. He has received commissions from the Gergiev Festival Rotterdam, Sofia Music Weeks, Musique Classique Amiens, LeineRoebana Dance group, Operadagen Rotterdam and Holland Festival.

In 2012, Dimitar composed the music of Lilith –a music theatre production by the renowned American soprano Claron McFadden, premièred at the Holland Festival, Amsterdam. www.lilith-opera.com.

As an active event organizer, Bodurov has initiated: Jazz and Vino (2009)- a series of concerts with charity purpose in Varna, Bulgaria; Keys and Stix Festival (2007-2012) – celebrating duets of piano and drums (in collaboration with Bimhuis, Amsterdam & Unterfahrt, Münich); www.keysandstix.com.
Since 2013, Dimitar is the artistic leader of Radar Festival, Varna, Bulgaria www.radar-festival.eu.

Dimitar has worked with Randy Brecker, Didier Lockwood, Theodosii Spassov, Claron Mcfadden and Svetlin Rouseev.


In 2002, he was awarded 3 jazz prizes: Erasmus Jazz Competition, Rotterdam; Leidse Stad Jazz Competition in Leiden, and Pim Jacobs Jazz Competition in Rotterdam. In July 2005, he participated the Solo Piano Jazz Competition in Montreux, Switzerland. And in January 2007 Dimitar won the Young Pianist Foundation Jazz Competition 2007.


Album Review

Bodurov Trio: Senkya Padna

Read "Senkya Padna" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Following the intimate Solo In Bonn (Opto Music, 2019) and Coalescence (Opto Music, 2020)--a duo album with electronics producer Ivan Shopov--pianist Dimitar Bodurov returns to the bread and butter of his trio with Senkya Padna. Flanked by long-standing collaborators Jens Dueppe on drums and Mihail Ivanov on bass, Bodurov once more draws on Bulgarian folk music as the launching pad for his own brand of contemporary jazz, one which relegates swing and the blues in favor of more personal rhythms ...

Live Review

European Jazz Conference 2022

Read "European Jazz Conference 2022" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli

European Jazz Conference 2022 Toplo Centrala Sofia, Bulgaria September 22-25, 2022 More than 300 professionals, representing 180 member organizations from 38 countries, came together in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, for the eighth annual European Jazz Conference. The event is organized by the Europe Jazz Network, an organization founded in 1987 (full disclosure, with the help of this writer) that transformed its own General Assembly in a major forum for discussion, reflection, meetings and idea ...

Album Review

Dimitar Bodurov: Solo in Bonn

Read "Solo in Bonn" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Pianist, composer, producer, curator, and director of the mixed-arts Radar Festival, Dimitar Bodurov wears many hats. Since 2003, his trio has been his main vehicle, though collaborations with the likes of Michael Moore, Judith Scholte, Theodossi Spassov, Sandip Bhattacharya and Randy Brecker reflect a broad musical palette. Solo in Bonn is Bodurov's second solo recording, coming over a dozen years after the studio outing Stamps from Bulgaria (Optomusic, 2006). Recorded live at Beethoven-Haus, Bonn, in late 2018, these eight pieces—improvisations ...

Album Review

Bodurov Trio: Seven Stamps

Read "Seven Stamps" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Bulgarian pianist Dimitar Bodurov may reside in Amsterdam but his love of his homeland's folk culture remains strong. On Seven Stamps, the fourth album from the Bodurov Trio since its formation in 2001, Bodurov continues his exploration of Bulgarian folk music and the “rhythm in 7" which gives the album its title. The exploration on this set of Bodurov's original compositions mixes jazz and Bulgarian folk together in a series of fascinating and enjoyable musical interactions. As a ...

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They want to turn the sheet! With strong classical influences, the music of Bodurov trio, weaves refined and cultivate with the raw materials of the improvised music. The Bulgarian Dimitar Bodurov, the miracle boy at the keys!



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Senkya Padna

Opto Music


Solo in Bonn



Seven Stamps

Challenge Records



Acoustic Records




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