HORO included in Concordia Festival


Peter Kerkelov's "Horo" for amplified ensembles is included in "Concordia Festival", which will take place in Sofia between 13th and... Read more

DONEMUS to publish works by P. Kerkelov


The renowned Dutch contemporary music publishing house DONEMUS has signed an general agreement with Peter Kerkelov to publish his works... Read more

Commission by Ensemble CRUSH


As of 18.04.2014 the German ensemble CRUSH commissioned Peter Kerkelov to write a composition that is going to be premiered... Read more

Performances in Brussels and Birmingham


UK ensemble Thallein chose to include “Attempt at Screaming” in the program of the up coming season. Read more

The beauty is in the process, not in the outer image…


In a very personal interview (in Bulgarian) with Bulgarian musicologist and journalist Mania Popova Peter Kerkelov shares his thoughts on... Read more

Appointment as a polyphony teacher


Peter Kerkelov was invited as a teacher in the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Art in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He... Read more

“Time Etudes” success at the 63rd International Rost…


“Time Etudes” for orchestra, two female choirs and voice solo received “recommended work” at the 63rd International Rostrum of Composer... Read more

Commission for “Time Etudes” by Bulgarian National R…


Bulgarian National Radio commissioned Peter Kerkelov to write a new piece for the 63rd International Rostrum of Composers in Wroclaw. Read more

Performances in Konzerthaus Wien


"Horo" has been chosen by Ensemble PHACE for two performances in the prestigious Konzerthaus Wien Read more

Pursuing PhD in Ethnomusicology


Peter Kerkelov is accepted in PhD program in the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. In the Institute of Art Studies, he... Read more

“Attempt at screaming” wins Composers Rostrum


"Attempt at Screaming" for chamber ensemble wins the 59th International Composers Rostrum in "under 30" category Read more


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            Peter Kerkelov (b. 1984) is a Bulgarian composer. A musician possessing ascetic sincerity and profound straightforwardness, his works very often cross over the limits of mere sonic games and aim to the fields of philosophy, to those other art forms – elements of which he integrates in his conceptions. 

            His composition “Attempt at screaming” is the winner of 59th International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) organized by the International Music Council (IMC) in Stockholm, 2012 in the “under 30” category in performance by ensemble “Musica Nova” (Sofia) under Dragomir Yossifov. His "Time Etudes" for orchestra was among the top 10 "recommended works" at the 63rd IRC in Wroclaw, 2016. Other awards include a scholarship from the British Music Society; a scholarship from the Wagner Society and he is two-time scholarship winner for classical music from the Raina Kabaivanska Foundation.

            Kerkelov’s music has sounded in Bulgaria, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria and the USA on distinguished venues such as Konzerthaus Wien, Gaudeamus Music Week (The Netherlands) and the annual New Bulgarian Music Preview (Bulgaria) in performances by Asko/Schoenberg Ensemble (The Netherlands), "Bang on a Can All-Stars" (USA), Ensemble PHACE (Austria), Ensemble "Musica Nova" (Bulgaria), Ruysdael Kwartet (The Netherlands) among others.

            He has been selected for masterclasses with Louis Andriessen, David Lang and Kaija Saariaho.

            Current projects include accordion solo composition for Krassimir Sterev (Klangforum Wien); musical theater piece in collaboration with the Russian/Israeli director Masha Nemirovsky for the 2019 European capital of culture Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Previously Peter Kerkelov has been commissioned by The Bulgarian National Radio for "Time Etudes" for orchestra, two female choirs and voice solo; The Royal Conservatoire (The Hague) on the occasion of opening year 2011/2012; Duo Cajon and Ruysdael Kwartet on the occasion of Dutch Chamber Music Society's 100th anniversary.

            His scores have been published and recorded by Union of Bulgarian Composers, Bulgarian National Radio, “BalkaNota” and AMDFA. The publishing of his first author’s CD is expected in the beginning of 2014 by the independent Ukrainian label da_sein_rec.

            P. Kerkelov is currently pursuing PhD in Ethnomusicology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He holds as well Master’s degree in composition from The Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, The Netherlands, where he studied under Martijn Padding and Guus Janssen; Master's degree in composition under prof. Dimitar Tapkov and Bachelor degree in classical guitar under Milena and Valentin Valchevi from Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts (AMDFA) in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Kerkelov has specialized composition with prof. Dan Dediu at the National Music University in Bucharest, Romania, 2006/2007, graduating with distinction.



Time Etudes

Instrumentation: orchestra, two female choirs and voice solo
Year: 2013-2015 

Two Symphonies and Postumus

Instrumentation: String quartet
Year: 2011-2012

Attempt at Screaming

Instrumentation: chamber ensemble
Year: 2011

Five Songs on Bulgarian Folk Lyrics

Instrumentation: voice/ cymbal and guitar
Year: 2010



Instrumentation: amplified chamber ensemble
Year: 2010

Coordinates of a Temple

Instrumentation: chamber ensemble 
Year: 2017


  1. 2017
  2. 2016
  3. 2015
  4. 2014
  5. 2013
  6. 2012
  7. 2011
  8. 2010
  • Attempt at Screaming

    venue: BOZAR, Brussels, BL

    Sunday, 19 November 2017
  • Attempt at Screaming

    venue: Teatro Massimo, Palermo, IT
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    Wednesday, 25 October 2017
  • Coordinates of a Temple

    venue: Bulgarian National Radio, Sofia, BG
    (during Agitato Sofia Chamber Festival)

    Wednesday, 25 October 2017
  • HORO

    venue: Sofia Live Club, National Palace of Culture, Sofia, BG
    (during Concordia Festival)

    Sunday, 15 October 2017
  • Windows and Oranges

    venue: Amphitheater Apollonia, Sozopol, BG
    (during Apollonia Festival of Arts)

    Wednesday, 30 August 2017
  • Attempt at Screaming

    venue: Scarlatti Hall, V. Bellini Conservatory, Palermo, IT

    Friday, 19 May 2017
  • Attempt at Screaming

    venue: Recital Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham, UK

    Friday, 31 March 2017
  • Horo - performance

    venue: Belarus National Philharmony Chamber hall "Gr. Shirma" Minsk, Belarus

    Tuesday, 27 May 2014


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