Jazz drummer and composer/arranger, Professor of percussion instruments
Hristo Yotsov was born in 1960 in Sofia in the family of
pro musicians. He finished his studies at the National Music School
and later at the State Academy of Music in Sofia in the class
of percussion instruments of Prof. Dr. Dobri Paliev.
His jazz career starts in 1982 with Simeon Shterev’s “Jazz Focus Quartet”. In 1984 with Anthony Dontchev he formed the “Acoustic Version” group, which won the two most prestigious european competitions for jazz - Hoeilaart-Belgium 1985 and Leverkusen-Germany 1986 with the title “European jazz artists of the year”.
Hristo has been playing with different jazz formations in Bulgaria, Europe, India, Canada and Japan with fine artists as Andy Scofield, Tommy Smith, Reggie Workman, Theodossii Spassov, Milcho Leviev, Yildiz Ibrahimova, Alexia, Sergey Manukyan, Reiner Wintershlagen, Adam Pieronchik, Gunter Baby Sommer, Erick Prost, Tim Garland, Steve Hamilton, Roberto Magris, Anke Helfrich, Reggie Workman, Bennie Maupen, Steve Slegle and many others.
During the period 1982-1989 he was drummer and arranger of the Big Band of the Bulgarian National Radio.
From 1989 he is a head of the class of drums Professor at the jazz department of the National Academy of Music.
1999 awarded as a “Jazz musician of the Year” at the National
2004 -1st price at the competition for a new bulgarian composition with the Concerto for Marimba and Symphony Orchestra in Plovdiv.
Hristo Yotsov composed music for different jazz projects, films, theatres as well as classical pieces:
“The beginning” for clarinet, drums and chamber orchestra /1999/, Concerto for clarinet/2002,”Eufonia”Italy/,
Concerto for oboe/2004,”Gerard Billaudot, Paris/,
Concerto for marimba /2004/.,
Piano Concerto “The Spirit of Jazz” 2012,
”Musical moments” for two pianos and two percussion and others.
Over than 30 CD albums.
Hristo Yotsov’s tracks