Albena Petrovic-Vratchanska

(resident in Luxembourg) composer of Bulgarian origin. She has written more than 600 works in various music genres. Some of her works are published by Schott Music international, Noise Watchers edition and, her pedagogical work is published by her own edition. In 2001, she composed the music for the book Wann de Piano rose gëtt, published by CID Femmes and edition PHI. In 2007, her composition Gladius for electric guitar and instrumental ensemble was commissioned for the Cultural Year in Luxembourg and the Greater Region. At the same time, she was granted the Cultural Award and the Certificate of Merit for services to the culture from the municipality of Hesperange.  That same year, she was also a jury member of the International Composition Competition "Valentino Bucchi" in Rome, Italy. In 2008 and 2009, two works for brass ensembles, My name is Taurus and El Bosque Encantado, were written and performed. The premiere of her instrumental theatre piece Le Retour des Papillons("The Return of Butterflies"), a multidisciplinary project with original music, pantomime, light effects and video elements, took place in 2010 in the Luxembourg Philharmonic. The year 2011 was dedicated to a complex pedagogical project; the musical theatre for children The Bunny in Love and the illustrated musical book with a CD.  In 2011, she also composed To meet a Bird for violin and Magnifico, concert piece for solo trombone and ensemble. She is currently working on a new instrumental opera The Dark. She is President/Founder of the International Composition Competition “Artistes en Herbe” ("Budding Artists") under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of Luxembourg. The first and the second edition of the competition took place in 2010 and in 2013 and was a resounding success. The follow-up event to the competition is the International Forum on Musical Pedagogy "Artistes en Herbe" 2013–2014, held in Luxembourg with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Fonds Culturel National and SACEM Luxembourg.
Award: Knight of The Order of Merit of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (l’Ordre de Mérite du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg).