todor yankov

Todor Yankov (accordion) was born in 1962 in Plovdiv, but he grew up in the village of Dobralak in the Rhodopi Mountains in a large family. His father, Vasil Yankov, was a well-known gaida player in the area. Todor began to play gaida, like his father, and then when he was 10 year old, he took up kaval. Soon after that he became an orphan and had no one to send him to study at Shiroka Lûka Music High School, which had been his dream. When he was 16, he discovered the accordion and began to teach himself to play.He is also a wonderful singer. For many years he played with the Hisar folk orchestra at different holiday celebrations. He has been the accordionist for the following folk dance ensembles: Rûchenitsa, Hebar, Pûldin and now-Ensemble Voivodintsi. In 1980 he graduated from the Construction Trades High School in Plovdiv, where he studied electrical installation. He currently works as a machine operator in the Plastics division of Liebher Corporation.

Iliana and Todor have met each other in 1984 in Ensemble Ruchenitsa.Soon after that their roads of life went in different directions. In 2004,Todor invited Iliana to be his colleague and work as a Choreographer in the village of Voivodinovo. Both of them have founded Ensemble Voivodintsi with 30 dancers and singers.Now the members are 150. The villagers are proud of their Ensemble!

Since 2007 Iliana and Todor are traveling and teaching together around the World. They are leading tours in Bulgaria for their friends-folk dancers and musicians.

News 2017

April 7
Iliana Bozhanova with Ensemble “Voivodintsi” will present the collection of authentic folk costumes of Vanya Velkova in the History Museum in Plovdiv

April 8
Saint Lazar’s day in Voivodinovo with Ensemble “Voivodintsi”

April 23
Film recordings in Folklore TV programme with Todor Yankov and Ensemble “Voivodintsi”

April 29, 30
Participation in Folk Festival “Zlatna gega” in the National Music High School in Kotel with the recreational groups “Voivodintsi”

May 2 – 10
Dance Seminar and tour in Bulgaria with “Hora Travel” from Holland and Todor Yankov

May 11 – 29
Teaching tour with Todor Yankov in Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong

June 3, 4
Iliana and Todor with Ensemble “Voivodintsi” are participating the Folk Festival “Oro se vie, tsarvuli se kinat” in Parvomai village, Petrich region – Pirin folk area

June 7 to 11
Iliana and Todor with Ensemble “Voivodintsi” are participating the International Folk Festival “Atlimanska ogarlitsa” in Kiten town – on the Black Sea coast

June 24, 25
Partisipation in the Folk Festival “Rahovche” in Gorna Oryahovitsa town with Ensemble “Voivodintsi”

July 1,2
Participation in the Festival of old city songs in Chepelare town – Rhodopi mnts. with the singers from Ensemble “Voivodintsi”

July 23 – 29
Iliana is the Dance coordinator of the “Folk Seminar Plovdiv” at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv

August 30 – September 13
Tour in Bulgaria with Todor Yankov and the group of Alexa Candrian

September 15 – 25
Teaching tour with Todor Yankov in United Kingdom

November 17 to 19
Dance weekend with Todor Yankov in Munich, Germany

December 14 to 18
Dance week in Switzerland with Todor Yankov

December 28 – January 1, 2018
Teaching with Todor Yankov at “Silvester Folk Seminar” of Petra Bergmann in Reimlingen, Germany

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