The nocturne genre of the 19th-20th century is deeply connected to the feelings and images of Romanticism. As such, it reflects one of its most quintessential images, defined as "infinite longing for an ideal state of being".
There is a span of more than 120 years between the earliest and the latest piece recorded on this CD, and each composer comes from a different ethnic origin - Irish, Polish, Hungarian, French, Russian, French Canadian, English Canadian and Bulgarian. Yet, unity is created by their common romantic spirit; a spirit which unfolds like unbroken thread from the charming simplicity of Field through the melodic genius of Chopin to the lush harmonies of Pepin, Morley and Vladigerov.
Dimiter Terziev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and graduated from the State Academy of Music majoring in Piano Performance. Among his teachers were the distinguished Bulgarian pianists Antoaneta Arsova, Milena Mollova and Nikolay Evrov.
In 1995, after three years of full-time teaching, Mr. Terziev moved to Canada, and earned a Diploma of Advanced Music Performance Studies from Concordia University in Montreal as a student of Anna Szpilberg. In 2000 he completed a Master's degree in Piano Performance at the University of Alberta in Edmonton under the supervision of Dr. Stephane Lemelin. He and his wife Ilka are currently living in Kamloops BC. Dimiter teaches piano at the United Conservatory of Music in Kamloops, Fountainview Academy in Lillooet, and a private studio in Ashcroft.
Dimiter Terziev has given numerous piano and chamber recitals in Canada, USA Bulgaria, Germany and The Netherlands. He has performed with several Bulgarian orchestras, as well as the Kamloops Symphony. He was awarded third prize at the Chopin National Competition in Bulgaria in 1989, and has made several recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio and the Bulgarian National Television. Terziev's debut CD "Colours of Bulgaria" was sponsored by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and
was awarded Four Stars both by the CBC's "Sound Advice" and
"La scena musicale" magazine. He has recently recorded his second disc "Nocturnal World".
"Master of stirring mystery of sound ... His playing constantly moved between poetry and passion."
(Badische Zeitung, Germany)
"He is a musician of deeply reasoned convictions, who already has a well-defined understanding of his own artistic voice. He is a musician who thinks at the piano and who has the gift of communicating his artistic vision in an engaging manner."
(Dr. Stephane Lemelin, Canada)