Stefan Valdobrev

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Stefan Valdobrev
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Born (1970-05-20) 20 May 1970 (age 47)
Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
Occupation Actor, composer, musician, filmmaker
Years active 1991–present

Stefan Valdobrev (Bulgarian: Стефан Вълдобрев) (born 20 May 1970) is a Bulgarian actor, film/theatre composer, singer-songwriter and filmmaker. He received classical training at the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia.

Valdobrev rose to prominence in the early 1990s, mainly with his hit songs, which made him extremely popular and gained him idol status on the Bulgarian music scene,[1][2] twice being awarded as best male artist at the National Music Television ceremonies. Despite that he never quit his acting career and took part in numerous performances which have spanned a wide variety of genres from classical to contemporary drama, and from popular comedies to alternative, non-commercial projects, all staged by the most prominent Bulgarian directors on the most significant theatre stages. At that time Valdobrev gradually entered the world of film and theatre music and since 1992 has gone on to enjoy composing the original scores for more than 70 stage performances and 20 feature and documentary movies, winning many plaudits and awards for his work.[3] In 2000 he received the Golden Rose film award for debut for the Dog's Home original movie soundtrack featuring Arabel Karajan. In 2008 he composed the music for Stefan Komandarev's highly acclaimed film The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner, a Bulgarian-German co-production with Miki Manojlovic in the lead role, which won a considerable number of international awards and reached the Short List of The Academy Awards 2010 for Foreign Language film.

Although Valdobrev continued performing in theatre (Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, Muller's Hamletmachine, Anouilh's Eurydice), he gradually moved away from this area, and also from the music stage, to become more established as a film actor. In 2004 he got his break in Burning out, for which he received the Golden Rose for Best Male performance at the National Film Awards.

In 2006-2007 Valdobrev completed a film directing specialization at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). After graduating from there he directed a few short films, TV programs and music videos. He made his director's film debut in 2010 with the documentary comedy drama My Mate Manchester United. Provided with the cameo appearance of the Bulgarian football superstar Dimitar Berbatov, the film won two international awards and was presented in the competition of the official selection of 21 major world film festivals: IDFA Amsterdam, HotDocs Toronto, ZagrebDox, Sarajevo and Warsaw among them.[4]

After being away from the rock stage for almost a decade in 2012 Stefan Valdobrev decided to rejoin his old band "The Usual Suspects" and to start recording songs and performing live in concerts again.[5]

Early life[edit]

Stefan Valdobrev was born in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, the son of Maria Valdobreva (née Atanassova) and Kostadin Valdobrev, both civil engineers. His mother was descended from Macedonian refugees who settled in the Rhodope Mountains, and his paternal ancestors come from midst of the country, where the Thracian valley meets with the Central Balkan region. Valdobrev has a sister, Iva (born 1965).[6]

Not that he was a bad student, but he found early on that he would rather immerse himself in arts or football than attend to his studies. According to his own account: "The good old socialist block of flats I lived in was in the middle of a magical Bermuda triangle in which I got lost – the stadium, the cinema and the circus. I spent all my time there – playing with a ball, wandering with my friends, sneaking into the ballerinas' trailers, acting scenes from films I'd just watched, so I often forgot to go home until late at night. The school was something in between, but never became a part of this triangle".[7]

He played the piano for quite a long time, but then decided to quit and take up the guitar. He started to take an interest in the theatre and joined a local amateur company at the town's chitalishte – a common Bulgarian Art House, where a variety of different arts could be trained and practiced. Very soon it became like a home to him: rehearsing plays on the stage, studying the guitar in the basement, reading and writing poetry in the attic, writing music for his own lyrics. It was not long before he made his acting debut as the King in Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost.[6] At the age of 18 he established himself as a songwriter, performing his first solo concert. Additionally he formed a rock band called "Alleya Alya" which made several studio recording sessions, all of them now missing.[8]

Meanwhile Valdobrev attended the High School for Foreign Languages in Stara Zagora. For a Communist country behind the Iron Curtain which Bulgaria was at that time, this school was like a breath of fresh air – with a discipline not so strict and teachers being lenient and having a personal approach to each of the students. They soon noticed Valdobrev's wandering mind and lack of concentration in class and created a system which tried to help him study the English language better. They gave him constant tasks to listen to and write down lyrics of new songs, perform them with his guitar in the lessons and translate the words for his classmates. These everyday concerts were the real productive education for him and later, when he was traveling over the Black Sea resorts and Germany as a street musician, he already had a set-list of 300 prepared and well-rehearsed world hit songs of any genre.[9]

In 1989 Valdobrev was accepted in Sofia University to study English philology,[10] but soon quit and attended the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts to become part of what was later called: "the most successful acting class of the two highly praised Bulgarian professors – Krikor Azaryan and Todor Kolev".[11] Together with his fellow actors and directors Galin Stoev, Marius Kurkinski, Kamen Donev, Stefka Yanorova, Koyna Ruseva, Kasiel Noah Asher, Lilia Maraviglia they formed the core of a New Wave in Bulgarian theatre.[1]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

Theatre[edit]

Stefan Valdobrev portraying Sart in People from Oz, 2013

Even before their graduation, Valdobrev and his friends were very active in acting or staging in professional theatres like the Academy Drama Theatre or the Youth Theatre. Such kick-start performances as Sam Shepard's Angel City, Georg Buchner's Leonce and Lena, William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Aeschylus' Agamemnon, Goran Stefanovski's Black Hole, Chekhov Revue and others appeared between 1991 and 1993. In June, 1993 Valdobrev became a member of the troupe of the National Theatre, but some time later he had to start serving his 12 months' mandatory military service, so eventually moved to the Bulgarian Army Theatre (actually, a civil repertory theatre sponsored by the Ministry of Defense, with a leading status in the cultural life). He spent there 10 years, taking part in many significant performances like Georg Buchner's Woyzeck, Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Eric Bogosian's Suburbia and Jean Anouilh's Eurydice. In 1997 the independent theatre company La Strada, formed by the popular director Tedi Moskov produced three major hit performances in collaboration with the Bulgarian Army Theatre: The Master and Margarita (presented at the official selection of the Avignon Theatre Festival), Commedia del Servitore (a co-production with the Avignon Theatre Festival) and Fantasmagorii. As one of the cast Valdobrev spent the next five years touring and presenting the plays at the most prestigious European theatre festivals.[12]

2007 marked a significant turning point in his career. After an absence from the theatre stage for a few years, Valdobrev returned as a freelance actor for a beneficial collaboration with the Paris-based Comedie-Francaise Bulgarian director Galin Stoev, who started occasionally to return home only to stage the texts of the prominent contemporary young dramatist Yana Borisova. Small Play for a Children’s Room (2008), Pleasantlyscary (2010) and People from Oz (2013) became remarkable events in the theatre life and were many times awarded for best performance, best play, or best director.[13]

Film[edit]

Valdobrev on the set of the film Burning Out, 2003

In the early 1990s Valdobrev made quite a few appearances on Bulgarian National Television, mainly as a participant in a students' show with a cult status named "Coo-Coo". Despite this success he subsequently decided to turn to film for more challenging roles. While struggling to establish himself in cinema, he took small parts in international co-production B movies. His onscreen career began in 2000 with the supporting role of the tricky Communist activist Popadamchev in the Bulgarian-Macedonian production Warming Up Yesterday's Lunch. The TV comedy Encounter (2003) gave him his first leading role as a clumsy journalist who falls in love with his cousin's girlfriend. 2004 was the year of his big movie break when he took on the lead in Burning Out, a love drama by director Stanimir Trifonov, set in the immediate post World War II period. Valdobrev’s performance of the romantic Italian doctor Enrico Corsa, separated from his Bulgarian wife and sent to a Communist prison camp, from which he finally escapes, has been described as fine, deep and centered ,[14] and brought him the Best Actor award at the Golden Rose National film ceremony. Valdobrev was cast as Mitko, an expert of campaigns in the team of his American colleague Tim Knight (Ross McCall) in the 2007 United States-Bulgarian political thriller Trade Routes. Taking the chance to play opposite the Italian prominent actor Sergio Castellitto, Valdobrev decided to make a cameo appearance in the 2007 TV war drama L'Aviatore, performing an Italian Jew, rescued by the Genoese skilled-pilot Massimo Teglio (Castellitto).

In 2008 he collaborated with director and friend Stefan Komandarev in his highly acclaimed film The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner, performing the supporting character of the Bulgarian emigrant Stoyan. The film enjoyed a rich festival career, won many nominations and awards, was released theatrically in 72 countries worldwide and reached the Short List of The Academy Awards 2010 for a Foreign Language film. That same year he starred opposite the Bulgarian born French actress Natalia Dontcheva in The Glass River, a mystery film by Stanimir Trifonov in which Valdobrev portrayed the obstinate priest Peter, a hermit who is experiencing a crisis of faith and trying to discover the secret of the Cathar-Bogomils, whilst crossing paths with an unknown visitor to his village, the French symbologist Ellen Tibaud. In 2012 Valdobrev played the lead role in the road comedy drama Migration of the Belted Bonito - a film by the Bulgarian independent and critically acclaimed film-maker Lyudmil Todorov. Valdobrev portrayed the poor and dreamy painter of Orthodox icons Simo, who, together with his close friend and neighbour, finds the most unorthodox way to make ends meet, with them both setting out on a comical journey from their modest village to the Black Sea shore. Critics praised the film as being "one of the finest comedies of the newest Bulgarian cinema".[15]

Music[edit]

Film and Theatre[edit]

When he was still in the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts Stefan Valdobrev was assigned to compose the music for almost every one of the performances he played in.[10] This is how he gained skills directly in practice. By the end of his acting education he had already written the scores for 10 stage performances. His work garnered attention, providing him a long list of commissions to the professional scene.[3] He then enjoyed a long period of productive years, composing the music for more than 70 theatre plays and 20 feature and documentary films, receiving many plaudits, awards and nominations.

In 1999, Valdobrev was approached by director Stefan Komandarev to compose the music for his feature directorial debut, Dog's Home. Valdobrev composed both the film score and the words and music for six songs, performed by some of the most prominent contemporary alternative rock bands. The released Original Soundtrack was actually the first ever released Bulgarian movie soundtrack. It turned out to be a great success.[16] The pilot single Is it me, or is it not? performed by Stefan Valdobrev and featuring his friend and colleague Arabel Karajan became one of the film songs classics.[17] The film’s score earned Valdobrev the Golden Rose for a film debut at the 2000 National Film Awards ceremony. Two years later Komandarev and Valdobrev teamed up again in Komandarev’s second documentary film Alphabet of Hope. Their collaboration resumed with the director’s 2009 hit The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner, based on the best-selling novel by the German author Ilija Trojanow and featuring Miki Manojlovic in the lead role. Both the film and the soundtrack were very successful.[12] The film received numerous international awards and nominations, reaching the Oscars' Foreign Language Films' Shortlist. During the same period Valdobrev started to span his work on mainly European projects.[18] Since 2008 he has provided the music for fiction and documentaries like the Czech films Kulicky (2008), Killing the Czech Way (2010) and Love in the Grave (2012), the Norwegian Can You Talk? (2011) and the Slovenian State of Shock (2011). In 2013 he started to create the score for the Bulgarian National Television series The Ungiven, a somber drama that tells the story of the saving of 48,000 Bulgarian Jews in the years of the Second World War.

His musical style is difficult to catalogue. It varies greatly with the passage of time, play after play and film after film. Working in a wide field of genres, due to the requirements of the dramaturgy or the script, Valdobrev successfully switches from melancholy, delicate and deeply emotional compositions to Balkan gypsy and folk brass music, from classic orchestra scores to ethno-ambient tunes.[19] He sometimes uses a light jazz idiom with a slight hint of the absurd and another time would use examples of circus-like dodecaphonic themes in a gently ironic way. Artistic movements like New Romanticism, Postminimalism and World music are also influential on his work. What may be regarded as a mark of his output is the very occasional use of a memorable leitmotif in each of his compositions.[20]

Based mostly on his twelve years of classical piano and acoustic guitar lessons at school, Valdobrev followed the way to a collaboration and friendship with the most outstanding Bulgarian musicians, jazz and ethno bands, symphony orchestras and conductors. He has often stated that the lack of musical Academy training was of course a disadvantage, but this was compensated by the advantage of being an actor who composes for fellow-actors and senses their need on the stage or on the screen: "After all, if you had the right professors and they were good in a certain art (which was my case) they could teach you the rules of arts in a way to use them in another field of your muses. Because the rules of art are universal. For me there’s no difference if I play a character, compose music or write poetry for my songs, it’s all about telling stories, communication, sharing thoughts and emotions, about the ability to stretch and push the boundaries with visions of your own world".[18]

Popular music[edit]

Valdobrev with his band The Usual Suspects, 2012

He began creating songs when he was 17. In the beginning it was more like putting music to his poetry and performing it with a guitar. At the age of 19 he made his first solo concert, which included 22 author songs.[21]

Parallel to this in 1988 he formed a band, named Alleya Alya – a blend of new wave, psychedelic art rock with a hint of ethno-elements. They made some gigs and some recording sessions, unfortunately all the tapes are missing. The group disbanded two years later when Valdobrev was accepted to study acting at the Theatre and Film Academy in Sofia.[21]

Despite his heavy studies there, he never quit his tend for singing and was eager to join the burgeoning Sofia music scene.

In the early 1990s Bulgaria was powered with the spirit of freedom, revolution and exaltation – the perfect background for creating rock music. A lot of new names and bands sprang up, bringing fresh air and sweeping away the old music controlled and censored by the Communist authorities.[3]

His first record was a song called May, a new wave-like, alternative middle tempo record that was premiered and aired on National Radio.[22]

In the next year, while being a member of the student's TV Show Coo-Coo, he garnered attention for a song called Cinema, which had later been added in the company's debut album, and turned out to be Valdobrev’s first released song ever.[3]

In 1993 he started to work on his first solo album. Regarding his ambition in films and theatre he knew he couldn't afford himself to keep a regular band, so he decided to invite highly skilled and established rock and jazz musicians. A large number of performers took part in the album, but there were three of them that formed the core of the future long term partnership in touring and recording studio albums: Ivan Lechev – the guitar player of the Grammy Awarded band FSB, Stoyan Yankoulov – a jazz, rock and ethno drum player, and Vesselin Vesselinov (Eko) – bass-guitar and double-bass. (Later on, in 1999 Miroslav Ivanov - a young and talented guitarist joined the band to stay till the present.)[23]

The music style of the first records was a mixture between alternative rock, new wave and ethno jazz music. But there was an unexpected 'factor' that finally took the lead and cast its mighty shadow over the other songs: a musical joke which Valdobrev created together with friend and colleague Kamen Donev on their way back from a theatre tour in Vienna. Tired of the long and boring trip they took a bunch of keys for percussion and started rapping over a three chord country-like gypsy tune I love you, my dear. Back in Sofia they recorded the song in less than an hour, adding the characteristic voice of their colleague, the young actress Maya Bejanska.[8] Although this ditty was totally different from anything in the album, it was so catchy that the producers decided to release it as a single. In no time it became vastly popular and later gave its name to the album that sold over 130,000 copies.[10] This success almost obliged Stefan, Kamen and Maya to repeat this direction. And in 1996 they joined for a single project – an album called Revolution. It was based on folklore and gypsy songs and used many ethno instruments and elements in a rock context.[24] Meanwhile, in 1995 Valdobrev released a collection of his scores for theatre performances called A Night at the Theatre.

1998 was a turning point for him. When his solo album titled: ...to was released in October that same year, it topped the charts in the country, becoming a big critical and commercial success.[25] The album spawned five number one hits: ...to, Heaven, One, Wolf and Yes and brought Valdobrev the annual music awards for Best Male Artist and Best Album. ...to represented a significant change in musical and thematic direction for Stefan and the band. Sonically the record incorporated influences from the Britpop and alternative rock of the time. And even if there were some songs with an impact from Bulgarian ethno music, the elements were very subtly dispersed into the prevailing guitar sound textures.[26] A good example was the song One, featuring the Goran Bregovic Orchestra's folk singer Snejka Borisova.[25] Until today, Valdobrev’s album ...to' is considered by many to be among the most influential and famous pop albums in the contemporary music scene in Bulgaria.[21]

In the next several years Stefan Valdobrev's career reached its zenith. He has toured extensively for each of his albums and has released a total of 12 number one BG Charts singles. He further incorporated diverse styles into his music. Together with Arabel Karajan he performed the trip hop ballad Is it me, or is it not? for the 1999 film Dog's Home. The song became a major hit and that same year Valdobrev repeated his Best Male artist annual music award. Later he became the first artist to sign a contract with Universal Music Bulgaria.

In 2000 he made a dramatic shift and gradually ventured into more unconventional and more radio-unfriendly works. He focused on experimentation, guitar effects, tape looping, rhythm sequencing and sampling while developing his sixth studio album Propaganda, Chromosomes, Silicon.[24] He sought a harder-hitting sound and headed a direction which was more into industrial music and alternative rock. Thematically it was a more personal and introspective record. Valdobrev’s lyrics have incorporated a variety of social, philosophical and political influences and appealed mainly to a vanishing counterculture in burgeoning hyper-consumerism.[27] This album was unexpectedly darker and yielded decent reviews, but no major hits.[28]

In 2001 Stefan Valdobrev decided to concentrate mainly on his acting career and took a long break from the music scene. For almost a decade he very sporadically released a few singles that became instant hits[21] but it was, as he stated, "just to keep me in form".[23] In 2006 he recorded the blue romantic song Fireworks, in 2009 the reggae-swing chart-topper The Riverbank Most Green, introducing the young future soul star Ruth Koleva.

During that period Valdobrev briefly resumed touring for a series of sold-out concerts, presenting mainly his theatre and film music and working with an orchestra of fifteen jazz, ethno and classical musicians. In 2007 he received a nomination for Best Male Artist of the decade by the National Music Television MM. After being away from the rock stage for nearly ten years, in 2012 Stefan Valdobrev decided to rejoin his old band "The Usual Suspects". They recorded two brand new songs: Helicopter and Snow on the Sahara and started a series of 25 club gigs and theatre hall shows.[5]

Directing[edit]

Filming My Mate Manchester United, 2008

In 2006-2007 Valdobrev spent two productive years specializing in film directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). There he made a few short films, attended a Miloš Forman workshop and visited the lectures of Otakar Vavra and Jaromir Sofr. His graduate short film Hide in 2007, marked the beginning of a professional collaboration and friendship with the acclaimed Mexican director of photography Antonio Riestra.[8]

Back in Sofia he started working on a documentary film project named My Mate Manchester United - the story of a 48-year-old football fan who changed his name to Manchester United. Valdobrev, together with the director of photography Krum Rodriguez decided to "follow the quest of this man's awkward dream to be named after his favorite football club and by getting close to the life of a Bulgarian builder and his memorable mates to create a moving social portrait of contemporary Bulgaria with its bewildered and confused people, so disappointed by the life in the country that they migrate to their own substitute reality. The journey started in Svishtov, a small town on the bank of the Danube river, told the story of the protagonist’s struggle with the authorities, lead all the way to Old Trafford Stadium, where he met his idol, the Manchester United top-striker Dimitar Berbatov, and ended up back home, raising questions about identity, about who we are and who we want to be".[29]

Initially launched by Stanimir Trifonov and Vreme Film Studio, the project went through some difficulties, before being successfully finalized by producer Dragomir Keranov with the support of Desislav Dionisiev and Alexander Vrabevski.[30]

The film was premiered on 10 March 2011 at the Sofia International Film Festival and has since then enjoyed a rich festival career, winning two international awards and being presented in the competition or the official selection of 21 major world film festivals: IDFA Amsterdam, HotDocs Toronto, ZagrebDox, Sarajevo and Warsaw among them.[4]

Recently Valdobrev has been developing some feature film projects. [23]

Personal life[edit]

In 1996 Valdobrev married his high school love Jana. "We have many shared memories as childhood sweethearts in Stara Zagora. We were 10 when we first met. Our parents were coming back from an excursion, we got off the bus at the same station and headed in different directions. After a few meters I stopped and turned to look back. She had stopped too and was looking at me. We stood like that for a few moments, staring at each other, our parents holding our hands. Growing up with someone's memories and making that journey through adulthood together is probably what makes a relationship strong. No one knows me better than Jana."[31] In 1998 Jana gave birth to their daughter Maria. Three weeks after that Valdobrev had a terrible car accident that almost cost him his life and kept him immovable and out of action for a year. For that reason he couldn’t join Regis Wargnier’s Oscar-nominated film production East/West, for which he'd been cast to play opposite Catherine Deneuve and Sandrine Bonnaire.[32]

Social life[edit]

The year of 1989, when Valdobrev attended the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts, was crucial for the whole of Eastern Europe. The fall of the Communist regime in Bulgaria wasn't enough for the people and they demanded additional democratic reforms. Valdobrev became part of the strong student movement raised to power in the next few years of mass demonstrations, street riots, barricade protests and sieges of parliament.[3] In 1990 the students caused a National strike by occupying all the Universities for more than a month. As a result the recently elected Communist President Petar Mladenov resigned. On the next year a new two-month-long occupation strike inflamed by the Art Academy students led to the resignation of the Communist Prime minister Andrey Lukanov. On 31 December 2006 Valdobrev hosted Bulgaria’s celebration concert for joining the EU. The event was held in Battenberg square in Sofia, and was attended by 80,000 people.

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Compagnons Secrets Schwartz TV film
1999 Bloodsport 4: The Dark Kumite Gills Fiction film
2002 Warming Up Yesterday's Lunch Popadamchev Fiction film
2003 Encounter The Journalist TV film
2003 Pas de Trois The Lover Short film
2004 Burning Out Enriko Corsa Fiction film
Golden Rose Film Festival Award for Best Actor
2007 Trade Routes Mitko Fiction film
Nominated - Method Fest Independent Film Festival, Los Angeles for Best Ensemble Cast
2008 Escape To Freedom – L'aviatore Fugitive TV film
2008 The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner Stoyan Fiction film
Academy Awards shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film
2010 Kill Me Again The Husband Short film
2010 The Glass River Father Peter Fiction film
2012 Migration of the Belted Bonito Simo Fiction film
Nominated – Bulgarian Film Academy Award for Best Film
2013 The Ungiven Buko Levy TV series
2014 Parking The Driver Short film
2014 Sinking of Sozopol Doc Fiction film
Prague Independent Film Festival Grand Prix – Golden Sphinx, Best Director and Best Cinematography
Milano Film Festival Best Cast Award
New York International Film Festival award for Best Foreign Film
Nominated – Bulgarian Film Academy Award for Best Film
2014 She Is Waving from the Train Village Man Short film

Composer[edit]

Year Title Notes
1994 Izmislici-Premislici TV series
1996 Sindbad Fiction film
1996 The Green Hedgehog TV film
1997 The Nest TV film
1997 Good Life Fiction film
2000 Dog's Home Fiction film
Golden Rose Film Festival Award for Debut
2001 The Straw Orphan TV film
2003 Alphabet of Hope Documentary
2003 Camera, Curtain TV series
2003 Short Stories Documentary
2004 The House TV film
2008 Kulicky Fiction film
2008 Ogan I Voda TV film
2008 The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner Fiction film
2010 I Dream of Mummers Documentary
2010 Killing In the Czech Way Documentary
2011 My Mate Manchester United Documentary
2011 Can You Talk? Short film
2011 State of Shock Fiction film
2012 Love in the Grave Documentary
2013 Otazky pana Lasky Documentary
2013 The Ungiven TV series
2014 The Judgement Fiction film

Director[edit]

Year Title Notes
2002 Chromosomes Music video
2006 Hana Short film
2007 Hide Short film
2009 100 years of Todor Kolev TV film
2011 My Mate Manchester United Documentary
Almaty International Film Festival Special Award
Minsk Listapad Film Festival Best Film-Portrait Award
Nominated - ZagrebDox for Best Regional Documentary
Nominated - Warsaw International Film Festival for Best Documentary
2012 Helicopter Music video

Theatre[edit]

Actor[edit]

Year Title Theatre Notes
1992 Angel City NATFIZ
1993 Twelfth Night Youth Theatre Sofia
1993 Black Hole NATFIZ A'Askeer Award for Ensemble Cast Debut
1994 Agamemnon National Palace of Culture
1994 Woyzeck Bulgarian Army Theatre
1995 Learning To Fly Bulgarian Army Theatre
1997 Much Ado About Nothing Bulgarian Army Theatre
1997 The Master and Margarita Bulgarian Army Theatre
1998 Juan in Love Satirical Theatre Sofia
1999 And Give Us the Shadows Bulgarian Army Theatre
2000 Suburbia Bulgarian Army Theatre
2001 La Ronde Bulgarian Army Theatre
2001 Commedia del Servitore Bulgarian Army Theatre
2002 Eurydice Bulgarian Army Theatre
2002 Finale Grande Bulgarian Army Theatre
2003 Meteor Bulgarian Army Theatre
2004 Fantasmagorii Bulgarian Army Theatre
2005 The Brothers Karamazov Dramatic Theatre Plovdiv
2007 Small Play for a Children's Room Theatre 199
2008 Hamletmachine Bulgarian Army Theatre
Theater Rampe Stuttgart
Theatre National du Luxembourg
2009 Pleasantlyscary Theatre 199 A'Askeer Award for Best Performance
2011 Blue/Orange Theatre 199
2013 People from Oz Theatre 199

Composer[edit]

Year Title Theatre Notes
1992 Angel City NATFIZ
1992 Chekhov - review Youth Theatre Sofia
1993 Twelfth Night Youth Theatre Sofia Nominated - A'Askeer Award for Best Original Music
1993 Black Hole NATFIZ
1994 The Fall of Ikarus SFUMATO
1994 Persifedron Bulgarian Army Theatre
1995 Lorenzaccio National Theatre Bitola
1996 Long Play Satirical Theatre Sofia
1997 Much Ado About Nothing Bulgarian Army Theatre
1998 Juan in Love Satirical Theatre Sofia
1998 Henry IV Bulgarian Army Theatre
1999 An Give Us the Shadows Bulgarian Army Theatre
1999 The Powder Keg Bulgarian Army Theatre
2000 Troilus and Cressida Bulgarian Army Theatre
2000 The Mediterraneans Satirical Theatre Sofia
2000 The Heroins Dramatic Theatre Varna
2002 Finale Grande Bulgarian Army Theatre
2003 The Powder Keg Moscow Dramatic Theatre
2003 The Phoney Civilization Dramatic-puppet Theatre Shumen
2003 Meteor Bulgarian Army Theatre
2003 Night before the Forest Sofia Theatre
2003 The Fourth Sister Bulgarian Army Theatre
2005 Day-off Ivan Vazov National Theatre
2005 Figures in a Love Flight SFUMATO Ikarus Theatre Award for Best Original Music
2005 Out of Control Bulgarian Army Theatre
2005 January Youth Theatre Sofia
2006 A Streetcar Named Desire Bulgarian Army Theatre
2006 Zmei Dramatic-puppet Theatre Shumen
2006 The Comedy of Errors Bulgarian Army Theatre
2006 The Cabinet Minister's Wife Divadlo Disk
2007 The Imaginary Invalid Klicperovo divadlo
2008 The Cabinet Minister's Wife Mestske divadlo Most
2008 Much Ado About Nothing National Theatre Bitola
2011 Working Hours Ivan Vazov National Theatre

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Notes
1994 I love you, my dear
1995 A Night at the Theatre
1996 Revolution
1998 …to MM Music Award for Best Album
MM Music Award for Best Male Performer 1998
MM Music Award for Best Male Performer 1999
2000 Dog's Home Soundtrack
2001 Propaganda, Chromosomes, Silicon Nominated - BG Radio Music Awards for Best Male Performer
Nominated - MM Music Awards for Best Rock/Alternative Album
2003 Opus Theatrale
2006 Opus Theatrale 2
2008 The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner Soundtrack
2013 Stefan Valdobrev and The Usual Suspects: LIVE Live album
2016 10½ Nominated - BG Radio Music Awards for Best Album

Singles[edit]

Year Title Notes
1997 One & Heaven
2006 Fireworks
2010 The Riverbank Most Green feat. Ruth Koleva
2012 Helicopter
2014 Snow on the Sahara
2015 Hollywood
2016 The World is Beroe feat. the Usual Suspects, Poli Genova, Stanimir Gamov, Vanja Džaferović and fans
A song commemorating the centenary of PFC Beroe Stara Zagora
2016 Take It Easy

Tours[edit]

Year Title Notes
1996 Revolution Tour
1999 …to Tour
2000 Mason's Tour
2001 Propaganda Tour
2012 Stefan Valdobrev and The Usual Suspects
2017 The Bar by the Sea and the Sea by the Bar - Summer tour 2017

Music Videos and Films[edit]

Year Title Notes
1994 I Love you, My Dear
1994 Alisa Reggae
1995 Job
1996 Ivana
1997 Heaven
1998 One
1998 …to
1999 Wolf
1999 Yes
1999 Tummy of a Penguin music film
2000 Is it me, or is it not? (feat. Arabel Karajan)
2001 Propaganda
2001 Silicon
2002 Exploadiram
2002 Chromosomes
2006 Fireworks
2009 Backgammon Dice
2012 Helicopter
2014 Snow on the Sahara
2015 Hollywood
2016 The World is Beroe
2016 Take It Easy
2017 This Song is not about Love
2017 Samonedeymenervirataka (Picnic)

References[edit]

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