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Dimitar Liolev

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.

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When it comes to jazz it is difficult to avoid foreign words especially if you have to search for synonyms of jazzman, sideman, and bandleader. Saxophonist Dimitar Lyolev is all of that. Soloist, composer, arranger and stage partner in various projects, he always manages to achieve musical expression the “Bulgarian way” with strong Rhodope influence. His favorite mountain is also found in the title of his album “Rhodopolodgy.” He presents it together with Antoni Donchev - piano, Boris Taslev - bass and Borislav Petrov - drums.

Dimitar Lyolev was born in Plovdiv and is a graduate of the School of Music and the Music Academy in the city

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