Atanasov, Nikola, Bulgarian conductor, teacher, and composer; b. Kyustendil, Oct. 25, 1886; d. Sofia, Sept. 30, 1969. He studied with F. Dugan at the Croatian Cons, in Zagreb; after teaching music in Stara-Zagora (1913–22), he was active in Sofia as a conductor (1923–48), and also as a prof. (from 1929) and director (1934–37) of the Cons. In 1912 he wrote the first Bulgarian sym.; composed two more syms. (1922, 1950), as well as 2 overtures, Christo Botev (1928) and Forest Murmurs (1931); also chamber music; piano pieces; songs.
P. Londev, N. A. (Sofia, 1963).
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