Dear friends,

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the measures wolrdwide are getting tightened again and Bulgaria is included.

This is why the Sava Dimitrov International Clarinet Competition 2020 will be held online!


We would like to thank all our partners for the trust they show towards us and for remaining together with us when hosting the competition online.



We are pleased to announce that despite the challenges that this unusual year put us through, the “Sava Dimitrov” International Clarinet Competition will be held in Sofia from 21st-27th November 2020.

Admitted participants do not need to verify their participation but in case they would not be able to attend the competition they can inform the organizing committee directly or through email:

We are thrilled to inform you that every member of the jury has confirmed their participation in the competition.

The prize fund remains unchanged.

Please bear in mind the fact that the event will be held under special measures against COVID-19 and in compliance with all requirements on a national level. The program is structured in a special way, so that it  meets the current requirements to limit the concentration of people at a certain place.


For this purpose, a sufficient number of halls in the National Academy of Music “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov ” will be used with careful planning of the activities and movement of the musicians. The organizers will take the necessary actions to desinfect the premises, measure the temperature on the entrance of the academy, as well as observe the distance between people and whether they all wear protective masks. If the requirements change on a national level, this will be reflected in the organization of the event in a timely manner.

We would like to inform you that the competition will be streamed online for the audience in and outside of Bulgaria.













Important Announcement!


The preliminary round for categories D and E has finished.

After the Jury’s careful consideration, we’re delighted to announce that the candidates in category D are 22, and the ones in category E are 55.

All candidates who have passed through have received an official email with this information.

We're yet to announce the number of candidates who have passed in categories A, B and C. They'll receive personal emails as well.


Thank you for your patience. We’ll keep you posted regularly on the news














Important Announcement!


Dear candidates, the registration for category D and category E closed on 01.03.

At the moment all submissions are being processed and the results will be announced shortly. Please check your email regularly (including the Spam folder). You’ll receive a notice whether or not you passed the preliminary round, as well as additional important information concerning the Competition.


Masterclasses at the ‘Sava Dimitrov’ International Clarinet Competition!


We’re very proud to announce that renowned artists Veljko Klenkovski and Nikola Srdić will be giving exclusive masterclasses for the participants during the Competition week. Attendace will be free for anyone who would like to observe the masters at work with the young artists.


Veljko Klenkovski studied at the Georges Bizet Conservatoire in Paris. He graduated with the highest honours at the CNR in Paris. Since 2015, he has a PhD degree from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, where he also received the Bruno Brun Award as the student with the best GPA at the doctoral level of studies.

Until 2002, Veljko Klenkovski was principal clarinet of the Philharmonie der Nationen, Germany, as well as the Madlenianum Chamber Opera and the RTS Symphony Orchestra in Belgrade. Over the years, he has cooperated with many eminent musicians, including Zubin Mehta, Christian Mandeal, Barry Douglas, Muhai Tang, Leopold Hager, Paul Angerer and others. Veljko Klenkovski has also been active as a professor. He has held master classes in France, Serbia, China, Slovenia, Macedonia and, every year since 2009, he holds summer master classes in Tivat, Montenegro. He is a jury member of international competitions in Macedonia, Serbia, China and Montenegro.






Nikola Srdić graduated from the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade (1975) in the studio of Professor Bruno Brun. Two years later he earned his Master’s degree at the same institution. As a French government scholarship holder, he continued his studies in Paris under the tutelage of the eminent professor Ulysse Dellecluse.

As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed in all major musical venues across the former Yugoslavia, as well as in France, Belgium, Great Britain, the Netherlands and others. He is a professor at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and the Academy of Arts in Banja Luka.

Vandoren premieres in Sofia with prizes at the ‘Sava Dimitrov’ International Clarinet Competition


The French manufacturer of reeds, mouthpieces and clarinet accessories will showcase two new models in Sofia for the first time.

Laureates of the ‘Sava Dimitrov’ International Clarinet Competition will receive special prizes from Vandoren’s representatives, who will follow the Competition closely.


All attendees will have the opportunity to see the showcase premieres of models BD4 and BD7, which will be included in the prizes, along with the Black Diamond BD5.


The two new models are coming after BD5’s great success. It’s sound is rich and warm, perfectly balanced in all registers. The mouthpiece is crafted from ebonite and the interest for it has been growing rapidly among both beginners and professionals alike.

















Dear candidates,


Due to the great interest and numerous inquiries regarding the registration deadline for the 1st ‘Sava Dimitrov’ International Clarinet Competition 2020, we inform you that the deadline for registration in "Category D" and "Category E" has been extended to 01.03.2020.

The names of the participants who have passed the preliminary round will be published on the Competition website by 15.03.2020.


Good luck to all candidates!



Jury of the competition

Two Buffet Crampon Awards

Amazing prizes will be awarded to two of the best participants in the competition. These are two of Buffet Crampon's signature models.


The first prize winner in category E will receive the LEGENDE clarinet BC1156L-2-0.


The winner in category D will be awarded the TRADITION clarinet BC1116LN-2-0P.


Thank You Buffet Crampon!



Julian Bliss chose the clarinet by himself.


‘The only reason why I started playing was because this is something I really love doing.’ says the superstar of the clarinet Julian Bliss today, as he looks back in time.

Music enchants him when he is only 4 years old, even though his parents are not related to art in any form- his father is a shop owner of a store for motorcycles in  Harpenden and his mother takes care of the three children in the family.

Young Julian back then is so insistent in his love with music that even the boy games with his fellow peers can’t get the idea out of his head. This is when he receives the first musical instrument in his life- block flute. Only a few weeks later it turns out that he wants something else and his parents take him to a music shop. There, Julian tries out a few instruments but the moment he touches the clarinet he finds out it will be it forever.


At the age of 10 he practices for 3 hours a day


Now the talented musician is 30 years old and admits that the reason for falling in love with the clarinet is in the sound coming from this instrument. ‘I think that's exactly what I felt in that first moment in the store.’says Julian.

However, nothing happens without work and effort,  and following his heart, the convinced little boy makes the steps in his musical journey. At the age of 10, he practices for three hours a day, and when he is 12 years old has already won a prestigious award from Indiana University in the US. This is the beginning of hundreds of tours and concerts that add up skills and charisma to his musical personality.


From the Buckingham Palace to a custom designed instrument


When  he was 6 years old Julian has an experience that leaves a solid mark in his development- he plays in the Buckingham Palace on the birthday of Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II.

‘Which British child wouldn’t desire to sneak in the palace and wander around?’, the musician jokes around today and remembers that he meet a bunch of popular people from the art sphere back then. Six years later, Bliss is on the stage in Buckingham again- this time for the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II.

He loves saying that playing the clarinet has never taken his childhood away and he owes this mainly to his mother, who has always managed to lead her son between the games and the work, as well as travelled around the globe with him. Otherwise, the recognition of his capabilities is materialized through the partnership with a popular brand for clarinets and the creation of an instrument by his own idea. Bliss himself says that the design of this instrument is „wicked”.


Wayne Rooney and the audience


They call Julian ‘Wayne Rooney of the clarinet’ The reason is not that both of them are British.

Many people believe that not only is the physical resemblance between the two of them big, but also is their talent. But there is something else to that- Rooney is very memorable on the field mainly for his emotions and Bliss is easily remembered on stage not only for his genius qualities in performing music. The young man stands out because he simply loves to interact with the audience.

He talks with people before he starts performing and by doing this he opens a door to the spanless world of art.

He believes that this changes the perception, especially if the event in connected to classical music. He never prepares his speech beforehand because he loves to improvise and tries to make everything happen naturally.

This is what the way he performs is all about!


More information about the British musician


*The German clarinetist Sabine Meyer is among the professionals who influenced the career of Julian Bliss the most.

*He listens music in different genres: from Mahler to Taylor Swift

*He  often listens to music in his car or on the plane.

 * Benny Goodman is among the people who inspired him, especially about jazz.

*If he could turn back time, he would talk about music with Rahmaninov, Brams, Antonin Dvorak or Ella Fitzgerald.

* If he has 6 free months to himself, he would play jazz piano and would learn how to sing.

* If he is in a karaoke bar he would like to sing something by Frank Sinatra.


* In the process of preparation of the text are researched interviews and materials about Julian Bliss from British and other media.





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