Dimitar Liolev (7/01/1973) is a second generation professional musician. He is the son of Kostadin Liolev - an accordeonist, classical clarinetist, composer and arranger of Bulgarian folk music. Dimitar began studying music at age of five, and saxophone – at age sixteen. He is a graduate of both the Secondary Music School and the Academy of Music in Plovdiv, with piano and fagotto as his majors. His first professional experience followed over a ten year period of working as a musician in pubs, restaurants and wedding celebretaions, performing Bulgarian, Serbian, Turkish and Greek folk music, together with popular music and jazz.
2000: Dimitar became a member of the young folk-fusion band “Brainstorm”. The band performed at numerous jazz clubs, festivals, TV and radio shows across Bulgaria.
2002: accepted at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen, the Netherlands. There he graduated from the “New York Comes To Groningen” program, under the expertise of such American and Dutch jazz educators, as: Ralph Peterson, Don Braden, David Berkman, Conrad Herwig, Brian Lynch, Dena DeRose, Joris Teepe, Miguel Martinez, Yuri Honing.
2004:reached the finals of the concours “Dutch Jazz Competition”, where he presented his first group “Rakia” on the stage of the prestigeous North Sea Jazz Festival.
2005: won second prize at the “Leidse jazz award” and was nominated for the 'outstanding young performer award': “Harten Aas jazz award”.