|Children's music school|
"If you think for one year ahead, sow rice, if you think 10 years ahead, plant a tree, and if you think 100 years ahead, educate people."
Children's music school at the Chitalishte /House of Culture/ "N.Vaptsarov" Blagoevgrad was founded in 1953 and today implements successfully its mission to introduce wonderful world of music to children and students. Some of the students of the School continue their musical education in professional music schools and universities.
The Children's Musical School offers piano, violin, accordion, mandolin, organ, folk and choral singing classes.
Lecturers at the School completed their education at the National Music Academy "Pancho Vladiguerov", Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts - Plovdiv and Southwestern University "N. Rilski" in Blagoevgrad.
The team aims to enhance the musical culture of the younger generation through the various forms of teaching.
Students of the School have the opportunity to show what they have learned and receive a certificate for successfully completion of the academic year at concerts, which are held annualy.
In 1992 piano instructors Pavlina Chochova, Simona Genkova and Nikolina Kroteva organized the first edition of the competition for young pianists "Our children play Bach." It is unique for both Bulgaria and Europe as participants are main participants are children aged from 6 to 18 years, who are not students at secondary or higher specialized musical schools.
The level of competition is very high and there are several pieces of evidence for this. One of the most important is the high level of difficulty of the works of the regulation and the degree of virtuosity required for the works to be carried out. Jury in each edition is made up of world-renowned names in the field of music.
During its seven editions members of the jury include: Maestro Jacques Lucien - France, Prof. Vassil Kazandjiev, Prof. Victor Chuchkov Professor Lily Atanasova, Prof. Jordan Goshev, Prof. Ivan Drenikov, Milcho Leviev and others.
The forthcoming eighth edition of "Our children play Bach" is being currently organized.
Lily Mihailova, Iliana Georgieva, Ivanka Kolyasheva - piano
Vladimir Tsvetkov – violin
Michael Zlatanov - guitar
Dimitrina Kitanova - mandolin
Vanya Ivanova - organ and piano
Dr. Christo Krotev - solfeggio