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Hasan and Ibrahim Ignatov
Hassan and Ibrahim - photo session.JPG
Background information
Birth nameHasan Ignatov
Ibrahim Ignatov
Born (2003-12-15) 15 December 2003 (age 15)
Shumen, Bulgaria
Associated actsKrisia Todorova

Hasan and Ibrahim Ignatov (Bulgarian: Хасан Игнатов и Ибрахим Игнатов, born 15 December 2003 in Shumen, Bulgaria) are twin pianists of Bulgarian and Turkish descent. Along with Krisia Todorova, they represented Bulgaria in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Malta with the song "Planet of the Children".[1][2] Like Todorova, Hasan and Ibrahim also gained popularity throughout Bulgaria through their participation in Slavi's Show on bTV. They released their first collection of own compositions at the age of 11.[3]

Early life[edit]

The twin brothers Hasan and Ibrahim Ignatov were born on 15 December 2003 in Shumen, Bulgaria, to a family of musicians. Their father is Denis Ignatov of Bulgarian descent and their mother is Sebile Kyazimova of Turkish descent. They have two older twin sisters, Merlin and Nermin Ignatova (born 1997).[4] At the age of five they both received their first musical guidance from their father and began studying piano professionally[clarification needed] in September 2011 with music teacher Marinela Marinova. Now they continue their studying with piano pedagogue Maria Gineva from the Varna Music School.[citation needed]

Hasan and Ibrahim are interested in classical music and the works of famous European and international composers. They want to become world-renowned pianists and conductors, as well as bring their home town to the attention of Bulgarian and international music lovers.[5][dubious ]


Young pianists Hasan and Ibrahim Ignatovi have received over 70 awards from different competitions for pianists from several domestic and overseas competitions - Bulgaria, Turkey, Macedonia, Austria and Russia. For the short period of two years and seven months musical career, the piano virtuosos Ignatov Brothers have won many prestigious national and international competitions, not just as a duo, but individually as well. Some of those competitions include: the 9th International Competition "Franz Schubert";[6] 7th International piano Competition "Liszt-Bartok-Ligetti";[7][8]" 4th National Competition "Dimitar Nenov";[9] International Competition for German and Austrian music;[10] National Competition "Pancho Vladigerov";[11][12] 10th International Competition "Young Virtuosos";[13][14] International Piano Competition "VIVAPIANO" [15][16] 2014; 2nd International Competition for Young Pianists" Andrei Stoyanov"; 24th National Competition for Singers and Instrumentalists" Svetoslav Obretenov";[17][18][19] International Competition Young Musicians "Ohrid Pearls" (Ohrid, Macedonia);[20][21] 12th International Rotary Music Competition (Moscow, Russia) [22] and many others. At the age of eight they are among the most successful children of foundation "Dimitar Berbatov". At the age of nine they participate in the International Music Festival "Varna Summer" 2013.[23] At the age of 10 they participate in The Award Ceremony of "Successful Children of Bulgaria" of Foundation "Dimitar Berbatov" in the TV show "Slavi's Show" where they are noticed and selected to participate in "Junior Eurovision 2014" to represent Bulgaria along with Krisia Todorova. In the summer Hasan and Ibrahim took master class of prof. Maria Prinz(Austria),[24] later in September they performed their first concert with Shumen Symphony Orchestra.[25]

Junior Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

On 25 July 2014 Slavi Trifonov announced on his show, that Bulgarian National Television had selected Krisia along with Hasan and Ibrahim Ignatovi to represent Bulgaria in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014. They had to perform song with Krisia in Bulgarian language, which the team of the Slavi's Show successfully composed two months later.[26] The song is called "Planet of the Children". The music was recorded by Pleven Philharmony Orchestra [27] and Evgeni Dimitrov, the text was written by Krisia and Ivaylo Valchev.[28][29]

On 9 November 2014 a team of 10 people - father of the twins, mother, vocal pedagogue Svilena Decheva, reporters from two television stations and later Evgeni Dimitrov, went to Valletta.[30] Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim presented themselves number 2 and took 2nd place in the contest with 147 points.[31]

After Eurovision[edit]

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After their second-place finish in Junior Eurovision 2014, Krisia Todorova and Hasan and Ibrahim were invited by President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev to participate in the "Bulgarian Christmas" concert,[32] which is traditionally performed in the National Theatre at Christmas time.[33]

They visited the National Assembly, where deputies in the hall gave them a standing ovation and Parliament Speaker Tsetska Tsacheva congratulated them for their huge "Eurovision" success.[34] They were also welcomed as heroes in their hometown of Shumen by the mayor[who?] and secondary school[which?].[35]

They have performed concerts in Moscow, New York, Vienna, Sofia,[36] Dobrich,[37][38] Dimitrovgrad.,[39] Pleven,[40] Varna,[41] Plovdiv,[42] Sliven,[43] Pazardzhik, Razgrad. Krisia, Hassan and Ibrahim were set to "Event of 2014." BNT.[44]

They won first place and "Grand Prix" for piano duo at the 11th National Children's and Youth Competition for musical art "Orpheus gift." After receiving recordings of Ibrahim and Hassan's performances, the International contest "American Protègè" distinguished two first prizes as solo artists and a second prize for piano duo among 640 participants from around the world.[45] Later the twins participated in the opening ceremony of International children and youth choir festivals "Dobri Voynikov".[46] They won first prize at the 4th International Piano Competition "VIVAPIANO 2015." They received the award for "Dignified Bulgarian" from 24 Chasa;[47] Honorary Diploma for Talented Creative Development from the Ministry of Culture on 24 May 24, the Day of Bulgarian Education and Culture and Slavonic Literature;[48] In the U.S.A., Hassan and Ibrahim performed in Bulgarian schools in New York and the Consulate General of Bulgaria in New York[49][50] At a special ceremony in the resort "Golden Sands" they received honorary dilpom of NASO (National Alliance for Social Responsibility) for outstanding achievements in the arts and culture and contribution to social and European Development of Bulgaria.

On 25 September 2015 Hassan and Ibrahim participated in Slavi Trifonov and the Ku-Ku Band at Vasil Levski in Sofia,[51] along with Todorova.[52]

In JESC 2015 Hassan and Ibrahim, together with Krisia participated in Opening ceremony as winners of the last edition of the contest and on the final night they performed “ Planet Of The Children” in new version. Successes of Hassan and Ibrahim continue in 2016 as Hassan is second prize winner in the 24th edition of the prestigious "International Piano Competition for Children and Youth " Frederic Chopin "in Poland, where competitors are from around the world - the US, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Spain, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Moldova, Germany, Belarus and others. Because of their longtime collaboration twins like to say that their successes are common, so and Ibrahim is proud to be second in the world.

The talent of the young virtuosos of the piano does not go unnoticed after their performance in Carnegie Hall, USA, and they are invited by the artistic and executive director of the World Piano Festival for Young Musicians in the American city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The festival is held annually, selectively invited young talent worldwide with proven qualities. At the end of 2016 the new song Slavi Trifonov presented together with Krisia, Hassan and Ibrahim. In 2017, they won the Special Prize for Composition from the International Competition Music and Earth 2017, Hassan won First, and Ibrahim - Second prize in the second age group of the First International Competition for Pianists and Violinists Pancho Vladigerov and the Special Prize for Best Performance of the Work by Pancho Vladigerov.

Their special participation in the concert "Ima takav narod" by Slavi Trifonov and Ku-Ku Band is not also late. In the summer of the same year they are invited to participate in the Varna Summer Music Festival in 2017. In the autumn they become laureates and winners of the International competition "Hopes, Talents, Masters" - 2017 and 9th International Piano Contest "Liszt- Bartok - Kodally" in Sofia. The young virtuosos of the piano continue their concerts actively until the end of the year, as also participate in the jubilee concert of the pianist Academician Nikolay Stoykov.

In the beginning of the new year 2018 they are special guests in the promotion of the Faculty of Pharmacy at the Medical University-Varna. At the top level of their preparation, the virtuosos Hassan and Ibrahim Ignatovi, started the competition season with first prize places and Grand Prix in the competitions: Musical Pearls - Varna, International Competition "Music and Earth" - Sofia , XIII International Competition for Young Performers of Classical Musical Instruments - Pernik, Fifth International Competition "Zvukat na vremeto" - Veliko Tarnovo, First International Youth Festival "Slavyanski Zvan" - Varna. In the summer of 2018 the young pianists were invited once again by the showman Slavi Trifonov to participate in the concert-spectacle in Europe's largest hall in London The O2.


  1. ^ "Preparations for the Bulgarian song at JESC underway". BNT. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Bulgaria: Return To Junior Eurovision". Eurovoix. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  3. ^ Hassan and Ibrahim with first collection of own compositions
  4. ^ Hassan and Ibrahim with their twin sisters Nermin and Merlin
  5. ^ Twins Ibrahim and Hasan Ignatovi (BULGARIA -9 years old)
  6. ^ brahim and Hasan Ignatovi (BULGARIA)-9th International Competition "Franz Shubert 2014"
  7. ^ Ibrahim Ignatov - 7th International piano Competition "Liszt-Bartok-Ligetti
  8. ^ Hasan Ignatov - 7th International piano Competition "Liszt-Bartok-Ligetti
  9. ^ Hasan and Ibrahim Ignatovi - 4th National Competition "Dimitar Nenov"
  10. ^ Hasan Ignatov - International Competition for German and Austrian music
  11. ^ Hasan Ignatov - National Competition "Pancho Vladigerov"
  12. ^ Ibrahim Ignatov - National Competition "Pancho Vladigerov"
  13. ^ Ibrahim Ignatov - 10th International Competition "Young Virtuosos"
  14. ^ Hasan Ignatov - 10th International Competition "Young Virtuosos"
  15. ^ Ibrahim Ignatov - International Piano Competition "VIVAPIANO" 2014
  16. ^ Hasan Ignatov - International Piano Competition "VIVAPIANO" 2014
  17. ^ Ibrahim Ignatov - 24th National Competition for Singers and Instrumentalists" Svetoslav Obretenov"
  18. ^ Hasan Ignatov - 24th National Competition for Singers and Instrumentalists" Svetoslav Obretenov"
  19. ^ Hasan and Ibrahim - 9th International Piano Competition "Pera Piyano" 2014 (Istanbul, Turkey)
  20. ^ Hasan Ignatov - International Competition Young Musicians "Ohrid Pearls"
  21. ^ Ibrahim Ignatov -International Competition Young Musicians "Ohrid Pearls"
  22. ^ Hasan Ignatov - 12th International Rotary Music Competition (Moscow, Russia)
  23. ^ Hasan and Ibrahim Ignatovi - International Music Festival "Varna Summer" 2013
  24. ^ - Мария Принц: Чух таланти, които се раждат на 100 години
  25. ^ Хасан и Ибрахим - Концерт с Държавен симфоничен оркестър - Шумен
  26. ^ Slavi sends twins to "Eurovision"
  27. ^ Pleven Philharmony Orchestra recorded the song that present Bulgaria in Junior Eurovision
  29. ^ October 9, 2014, Krisia and Hasan and Ibrahim Ignatovi
  30. ^ Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim went to Junior Eurovision
  31. ^ Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim brought Bulgaria second place in Junior Eurovision
  32. ^ Krisia, Ignatov Brothers - "Bulgarian Christmas" 2014
  33. ^ Крисия и братя Игнатови получиха почетния знак на президента
  34. ^ Аплодираха на крака Крисия, Хасан и Ибрахим в парламента
  35. ^ Triumphal meeting of Hassan and Ibrahim in Shumen
  36. ^ Charity concert of Fibank and "Dimitar Berbatov" foundation featuring piano virtuosos Hassan and Ibrahim
  37. ^ Photos - Hassan and Ibrahim - Christmas concert with the Bulgarian Chamber Orchestra - Dobrich
  38. ^ Video - Hassan and Ibrahim - Christmas concert with the Bulgarian Chamber Orchestra - Dobrich
  39. ^ Hassan and Ibrahim Ignatovi - Christmas Concert with Fun-brass Orchestra - Dimitrovgrad
  40. ^ Do not miss the concert of Hassan and Ibrahim Pleven at scene!
  41. ^ Hassan and Ibrahim - a concert with the State Symphony Orchestra at the Opera Varna
  42. ^ The virtuosos Hassan and Ibrahim - a concert in Plovdiv on Children's Day
  43. ^ HASSAN AND IBRAHIM IBRAHIM conquered Sliven
  44. ^ Chris, Hassan and Ibrahim - The event of the 2014th
  45. ^ Shumen piano virtuosos Hassan and Ibrahim will play in Carnegie Hall
  46. ^ [1]
  47. ^ Unique performance of Vardar Rhapsody by Pancho Vladigerov offered small pianists Hassan and Ibrahim Ignatovi to awarded people in the ceremony of the century. "24 hours"
  48. ^ Krisia, Hassan and Ibrahim citations for talented creative development
  49. ^ Hassan and Ibrahim wept New York
  50. ^ Hassan and Ibrahim take master classes in New York and then play in the "Carnegie Hall"
  51. ^ Krisia, Hassan and Ibrahim captured 70,000 hearts with the song "Planet of the Children" - Concert of Slavi Trifonov, 09/25/2015
  52. ^


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ivan Ivanov
with Supergeroy
Bulgaria in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
(with Krisia Todorova)
Succeeded by