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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born in 1982 in Burgas (Bulgaria), he is the winner of several awards and acclaims including 1st place in Berlinale 7th BTC Score Competition and a scholarship from the Berklee College of Music. He recieved his classical music education at P.S.M I and II level in Lublin and at the Katowice Music Academy with the specialization in jazz (piano, vibraphone, marimba and percussion instruments). He produced electronic music. For the French outfit Mad’House he recorded several singles and published numerous other artists’ remixes (including “Like a prayer” by Madonna and “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees). Atanas took part in several collaborations, including live PA’s with Bambim Mukendi (Mad’House) and spent the better part of the decade touring and playing concerts at festivals and clubs in France, Belgium and Poland. His work was also remixed by drum and bass legend Ray Keith. He also played live with many icons of the polish pop and electronic music scene: Novika, Beats Friendly and Reni Jusis. The collaboration with Reni Jusis on the “Magnes” album was awarded a Fryderyk Prize - the Polish Phonographic Industry Award. His musical inspirations root from Balkan and Gypsy music, but are enriched by Slavic melodies and jazz influences. Atanas composes and produces film scores. In 2009 he travelled to Los Angeles on the invitation of Dolby Labs and was treated to a VIP tour of the main scoring stages and music studios in Hollywood. This inside look into the newest trends and technologies used in film music production today makes this artist an expert of his craft. He is inspired by the art of improvisation and this is best exemplified by “Improssessions” ” his own live PA project or Transoriental Duo together with Persian artist Jahiar- Azim Irani. Apart from these artistic initiatives, Atanas produces commercial materials for TV and radio ad campaigns, e.g. scoring the entire wp.tv channel, writing the score for the VW Scirocco ” “Hard to Resist” ad which was performed by the world famous Babelsberg Orchestra. Atanas Valkov’s music represents a melting pot of Balkan folklore, Polish classical traditions with the novelty of contemporary and electronic music. He expresses his artistic uniqueness, by combining his own style with a mixture of contemporary orchestral arrangements and the expert level of knowledge in music production he has acquired....
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”...Last night's closing ceremony gave a fond farewell to all the extraordinary Talents, experts and organizers that fueled the 7th BTC during 54th International Berlinale Film Festival. The biggest moment of the evening was awarding the VW Score Competition to Atanas Valkov, from Poland, for his outstanding scoring of a film excerpts from La Sangre Brota, by Pablo Fendrik. Competition mentor Max Richter (Waltz with Bashir) and jury members Klaus-Peter Beyer, Martin Steyer and Martin Todsharow stated that they were “very impressed by the standard of work shown by all the candidates however Atanas Valkov’s score demonstrates a highly individual voice and approach to the project...”

Berlinale Press February 12, 2009

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