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by Biser Kirov
Biser Kirov (1942 to 2016) was a Bulgarian musician, composer and TV producer. Biser Hristov Kirov was born on September 4th 1942 in Silistra, Bulgaria. The son of 7th Day Adventist pastor Hristo Kirov Ankole and painter Ventsinosa Apostolov Kirov, he first learned to play the violin and viola, later mastering the guitar. He often sang 'rock' duets with Georgi Minchev as a youngster, and this continued during their joint military service and then as older students together. Kirov graduated with honours from his high school in Sofia, and finished third at the First International Festival of Youth Song in Sochi in 1967, which truly marked the start of his musical career. In the late 1960s, he also formed 'Reflex', one of the first ever Bulgarian 'rock' bands. As part of this band, and later as a solo artist, he gave about 2000 concerts in all. However, after a return to adult education study, he graduated from the Moscow Institute of Fine Chemical Technology in 1973, with awards in Chemistry and also Semiconductor Material Technology. By this time, Kirov was performing part-time as a solo singer, and worked often in television, singing on entertainment programmes in both Bulgaria and the former Soviet Union centre of Russia, going on to direct and produce for various TV companies. Having also enrolled in the Bulgarian stage arts academy, he graduated from there in 1989. As well as his vast body of work for the Bulgarian TV stations 'BNT' and 'NPC', he was extremely popular in the former East Germany, though he had often been quoted as saying that Russia was his "creative homeland". He hosted (among many others) the Russian production "Zolotoy Klyuchik" on 'RTR', as well as childrens' shows on the Soviet 'Kul'tura' channel, and in 2012 also appeared on the show "Sobstvennost' Respubliki", during the edition which celebrated the 45th birthday of Russian music artist Philipp Kirkorov. In all, he wrote the music for more than 300 compositions, with the lyrics being mostly based on existing poems. In 1985, he was awarded the title of Honored Artist of Bulgaria, and accepted the same title from the Russian Federation in 2009. Biser Kirov died in Berlin, Germany, from a stroke on November 7th 2016, following a battle against cancer. He was 74, and leaves his wife Mitka Tsvetanova Kirova, an engineer, chemist and ecologist.
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Posted: 25th November 2016
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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