Professor Krotev with the award "Honorary Citizen of Blagoevgrad"

Professor Hristo Krotev on AUBG, Choir Music and Becoming an Honorary Citizen of Blagoevgrad

On the eve of his 60th birthday anniversary, AUBG professor in music Hristo Krotev was awarded the title “Honorary citizen of Blagoevgrad” for his prolific 30-year-long career and his significant contribution to the city’s cultural life. A renowned conductor, Professor Krotev is the person behind the many successes of the AUBG Choir on both the national and international scene. Professor Krotev has been with AUBG since the very first day of the university. In fact, he and his choir “Orpheus” were invited to perform at the historical day of AUBG’s establishment in 1991 and since then, the AUBG Choir has represented our university and won awards in festivals in Spain, Germany, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Greece, Russia, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Turkey.

Together with his wife Nikolina Kroteva, Professor Krotev established the International Festival „Meeting of Student Choirs” that gathers student choirs at AUBG and in Sofia. The music professor has been a jury member in a number of international choir festivals and competitions in Europe and has led master classes in Norway, Russia, Slovakia and Bulgaria. He has composed vocal and piano music and has recorded on the Bulgarian National Television and the Bulgarian National Radio, as well as on international media channels.

Read our interview with Professor Krotev to learn more about his impressive education and music career, his experience with AUBG and what it meant to him to become an Honorary Citizen of Blagoevgrad.