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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”.

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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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Album Eastern Shadows by Dimitar Liolev

Eastern Shadows

Slam Productions
2017

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Album Rhodopology by Dimitar Liolev

Rhodopology

Self Produced
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Jazz Me

Jazz Me

Dimitar Liolev
Eastern Shadows

Groove for us

Groove for us

Dimitar Liolev
Rhodopology

Bp Jazz

Bp Jazz

Dimitar Liolev
Rhodopology

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