Summer Music Academy at NBU

The chances to hear and see Milcho Leviev in Bulgaria are just a few and one of them is druring the Summer Music Academy organized within the Master Class programs of New Bulgarian University (NBU).

From 2009 on, NBU Summer Music Academy gathers young talents from around the world for classes in jazz, pop and classical music with a focus on improvisation, interpretation and performing art.Summer Music Academy 2010 - Brass under control

The classes are held by the great jazz pianist and composer Milcho Leviev (official website ) and the renowned jazz singer Viki Almazidu (official website ). Throughout the years the summer music academy of NBU features different jazz master classes with eminent musicians. Together with V. Almazidu and M. Leviev both foreign and Bulgarian jazz artists teach talented young people, showing them the art and spirit of jazz music.

Among the names who have contributed to the Summer Music Academy and were part of the faculty are:
•    Aaron Goldberg (piano), official website
•    Stoyan Yankoulov – Stundji (drums), more info
•    Chico Freeman (saxophone) official website
•    Glen Ferris (trombone), official website
•    Peter Slavov (bass), official website

“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing”

Well, they got it all. Milcho Leviev and Vicky Almazidu are the people who, for a 4th year in a row, continue to discover and inspire music talents within the Academy. With the active support of NBU, the “Milcho Leviev & Vicky Almazidu” Fund  paves the way of one unique concept where improvisation and individuality of participants stand first.

Gala concert Summer Music Academy 2010

Photo by: Atanas Kanchev, Image courtesy of: Summer Music Academy at NBU

The Academy involves musicians from all over the world, thought by some the most prominent figures in the world of jazz. Every year the participants in the Summer Music Academy get the chance to absorb from the creative genius of the festival director Milcho Levivev and other jazz pedagogues, at the same time enriching and developing their own talent

Summer Music Academy is a world class music experience and yet is so close to all those who have the artistry to grasp the essence of jazz.

Summer Academy at NBU always closes with a magnificent Gala concert of the most talented participants. Tickets cost 15 lv. and the venue is usually Sofia Live Club. This is a concert were every jazz lover would be more than happy to hear inspiring live interpretations and improvisations. Full lenght videos from the concerts in 20009, 2010 and 2011 are available  here

Pictures from the Gala concert evenings (Special thanks to Pavlina Velichkova and Summer Music Academy)


Useful information:

The academy welcomes instrumentalists, jazz and classical, without age limits. Participants should present a required material at the Audition,. The price of the audition is 20 euro. Active participants in the SUmemr Academy at NBU pay 125 euro, Non EU citizens – 250 euro. If you only want to attend the courses, without participating, the fee is 75 euros and 150 euros (for Non EUcitizens).

Official site of NBU Summer music Academy
More about participation fees and requirements here