Biography

Lives and works in Paris (FR)

Viktor Benev, born in 1990 in Sofia, is a bulgarian percussion player and composer. Born right after the fall of the Berlin wall and the major political changes in Bulgaria he became part of a generation of musicians exposed to a great variety of musical genres from an early age which gave him the desire to break the boundaries of music genre. Having a classical and further on, a jazz music education made composed music material and improvisation coexist in his compositions in a natural manner. Viktor works in the domain of the electro-acoustic music mixing electronics and acoustic instruments, often using audio tapes. He released his first album Crystal sound in march 2018 with the eponym project, which he develops with the artist Bilyana Furnadzhieva.

Education

2017

2013
2010-13
2010-11
2009


Masters degree in Jazz and Improvised Music in the National Conservatory of Music and Dance
in Paris (FR)
Erasmus exchange program with percussion at the Conservatory of Strasbourg (FR)
Studies percussion and composition at the National Academy of Music in Sofia (BG)
Studies percussion at the Conservatory of Strasbourg (FR)
Professional degree in percussion from the National School of Music in Sofia (BG)

Prizes and scholarships

2017
2016
2015
2014
2010
2007

2002
2001
1998




Scholarship for recording an album of the Nguyen Thien Dao Foundation
Scholarship of the Meyer Foundation and the L’Or du Rhin Foundation
Scholarship of the Legs Jabès
Scholarship of the Fonds Tarrazi and the Legs Saint-Paul
Master class of Milcho Leviev The concept of improvisation - prize best participant
International competition for percussion Pendim – 1st prize, special prize for a vivid stage presence, special prize of Tatiana Koleva and Pustjens Percussion Products
Competition for percussion Young musical talents - 2nd prize
International competition for percussion Pendim - 1st prize
International competition Music and Earth - special prize with percussion ensemble Snejinka

Discography

2018



Crystal sound project - Crystal sound