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Biography

Dimitar Pentchev (aka Sound Convincer) is a Canadian based composer, pianist, improvisor and producer. He started composing professionally by accident after a career as a concert pianist when he was asked to write a score for a theatre play in his native Bulgaria. The play went on to bring him a nomination for the most prestigious theatre award – ASKEER. Since then Dimitar has written scores for more than 20 plays, film scores, solo and chamber music, a full-scale musical, songs and transcriptions of piano works.

He was a winner of the ASKEER award for "Best Original Score for a Play" in 1999, winner of the Forte Radio award for "Best original Music" and a First Prize Winner at the Russell Horn Young Composers Competition in Dallas, TX, for his "Conversations for Violin and Piano".

His works have been recorded for Bulgarian National Radio and Bulgarian National TV, he has received commissions from Bulgarian and international performers and ensembles. Dimitar Pentchev is also very active as a performer himself – his piano collaborations, chamber music appearances and solo piano improvisations have received warm approval both from audiences and critics alike.

In 2011 he wrote, produced and recorded “States of Transmigration” – a full album of piano improvisations and electronics.

His current projects include the 60-minute piece “Gleams”, which fuses live piano, soundtrack, poetry, theater, dance and video performance; a new chamber multimedia opera project called “Marianne”, Requiem for solo cello, soundtrack and video.

 

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