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Ludmil Krumov

"Ludmil was one of my best students, and I have to say that I learned as much from him as he did form me! Brilliant, creative, soulful, intellectually probing – Ludmil has it all. The work he’s doing with integrating Bulgarian rhythmic and melodic concepts into today’s jazz, as well as the way that he’s conceptualized Bulgarian music to make it understandable to the jazz player, makes him an important figure in today’s jazz scene. I highly recommend Ludmil in any musical capacity. He’s also a great guy!”

— Brian Lynch, Grammy Award Winning Trumpeter, Professor Of Studio Music and Jazz at Frost School Of Music, University of Miami, Owner Hollistic Music Works (New York/Miami, USA


Regarded as one of the most talented Bulgarian guitarists of his generation, Ludmil Krumov performed with international jazz artists such as: Branford Marsalis, Ralph Peterson Jr., David Berkman, Reggie Washington, Ryan Hanseler, Owen hart Jr., Yaniv Nachum, Michael Varekamp, Hans Mantel, Lucas Van Merwijk, Joris Teepe, Christiaan van Hemert, Zonzo Basily, Teodosii Spasov, Peyo Peev, Antoni Donchev, Dimitar Bodurov, Vladimir Karparov, Borislav Petrov, Dimitar Liolev, to name a few.

As an active participant in the international jazz and world music scene Ludmil toured and performed in clubs and festivals around Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, USA, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey.

In may 2022 Ludmil released his first album as a leader – “Cultural Collision”. Each of the eleven compositions in the album is written in a specific traditional Bulgarian folk dance groove and mode, spiced up with a pinch of Bartok and Stravinsky, interpreted in a more contemporary improvisational jazz manner by a team of excellent jazz and folk musicians including Ludmil Krumov (guitar), Peyo Peev (gadulka), Zhivko Vasilev (kaval), Teodor Petkov (piano), Vasil Hajigrudev (double bass) and Borislav Petrov (drums). 
Supported by the “Bulgarian Education And Culture Society – PCHELA Los Angeles” the album was recorded in February 2022 at Doli Media Studio (Sofia/Bulgaria) by Ilian Apostolov, mixed by two-time Grammy-winning audio engineer, multi-platinum and gold record award recipient, and GMA and Junos award recipient Mike Marciano at Systems Two Recording Studio Long Island, New York, and mastered by multiple Grammy-winning audio engineer Dave Darlington at Bass Hit Recording Studio New York.

In 2021 Ludmil released an arrangement of the traditional Bulgarian folk dance tune Krivo Sadovsko Horo (a crooked dance from Sadovo) recorded and made popular in the early 70s by the great Bulgarian clarinetist Petko Radev. 
The arrangement of “Krivo Sadovsko in Svishtov” is an attempt to blend together Western European Classical, Jazz and Bulgarian traditional music. The choice of instrumentation which includes jazz big band, rhythm section, traditional Bulgarian folk instruments and chamber orchestra, represents parts of the artistic paths of Petko Radev and Ludmil Krumov. The tune was recorded as an online collaboration by multiple outstanding musicians including Moni Simeonov (USA/BG), Alex Simu (NL/RO), Irma Cort (NL), Yussif Barakat (EC), George Dumitrio (RO/NL), Pavel Scherbakov (RU/NL), Konstantin Iliev (NL/BG), Irina Chirkova (USA/BG), Raya Hadzhieva (BG/NL), Krasimir Kostadinov (BG), Peyo Peev (BG), Zhivko Vasilev (BG), Borislav Petrov (BG), Galin Nenov (BG).

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"One of Bulgaria’s most talented jazz guitarists..." Albena Besovska, Bulgarian National Radio

Primary Instrument



The Hague

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Clinic/Workshop Information

Ludmil Krumov who holds Master of Music degree from CODARTS University of the Arts Rotterdam in Jazz Guitar Performance and Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from Prins Claus Conservatorium Groningen has been teaching guitar technique, general and jazz theory actively since 2000. His teaching credits include private lessons, conservatory classes and clinics at Texas State University (San Marcos, USA), Orange County School of Arts (Orange County, Los Angeles, USA), Los Angeles City College (Los Angeles, USA), CODARTS (Rotterdam, NL), Prins Claus Conservatorium (Groningen, NL), Delft University (Delft, NL), Academy of Music Dance and Fine Arts (Plovdiv, Bulgaria)

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Krivo Sadovsko in...

Ludmil Krumov


Buchimish Blues

From: Cultural Collision - From...
By Ludmil Krumov

Squeak Squeak

From: Cultural Collision - From...
By Ludmil Krumov


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