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Anton Apostolov
Artist
Canada
Influences: Balkan , Mediterranean , North American
Genres: global balkan jazz
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ABOUT
Born in 1968, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, Anton Apostolov was exposed to music at a very early age. His father was a carpenter and a guitar crafter, as well as an amateur guitar player. At six Anton began playing musical instruments - mandolin, tambura (Bulgarian traditional string instrument) and guitar - all made by his father. He was self- taught from the beginning and learned by ear Bulgarian folk music, and, at the same time, learned the music of The Beatles.

At the age of twelve Anton studied classical guitar at the Varosha Art Center in Blagoevgrad. He was accepted to study guitar with the most prestigious orchestra in town, the Guitar-Mandolin Orchestra, Pirinski Zvutzi where he became a soloist. He participated in numerous projects and collaborations, performances, and six recordings of music - all that mixed traditional Bulgarian folk genres with modern and classical music styles. In 1994, Anton attended South-West University, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria where he took master classical guitar classes from maestro Dimitur Doichinov.

In 1995, Anton settled in Atlantic City, New Jersey where he taught guitar, performed regularly as a solo guitarist, and became a member of the American Federation of Musicians.

A Toronto resident since 1998, Anton composes, performs and teaches guitar in the Greater Toronto Area. His students have won top prizes at the Kiwanis Music Festival in Toronto.

Anton Apostolov had collaborated with such notable international artist musicians as Valeri Dimchev, Theodosii Spassov, Stoyan Yankulov, Dennis De Souza, Karsh Kale, Erdal Akaya. Anton was recently awarded two Canada Council grants for both writing and recording original compositions that drew from his Bulgarian roots and other forms of world music.