Bulgarian Rock 2020  for 4 guitars  published by Doberman-Yppan (march 2020) :



New Videos - Trio with Petar Ralchev   (february 2019) :


Folkloresque  for guitar orchestra published by Doberman-Yppan (february 2020) :



 Balkan puzzle  for guitar published by Doberman-Yppan (january 2020) :



 Chant retrouvé  for guitar published by Doberman-Yppan (december 2019) :



New CD "Cycling Modes"   

Kostas Tosidis - guitar (december 2019)

Works by  Ourkouzounov / 5 Guitar Sonatas

 Naxos 8.574117  :

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Kopanitsa II  for guitar published by Doberman-Yppan (september 2019) :



New Video - "Balkan Songs"  for 3 voices and 2 guitars  (september 2019) :


New Video - "KORENI"  for guitar solo  (august 2019) :


Kopanitsa  for flute and guitar published by Doberman-Yppan (august 2019) :



New Video - Gabriel Bianco performs " Trakiiska Elegia "  (july 2019) :


New Video -  Râga "Ibriama"  for flute & guitar (july 2019) :


- Balkan  Songs  for 3 voices and 2 guitars published by Doberman-Yppan (june 2019) :



- Koreni  for guitar solo published by Doberman-Yppan (april 2019) :



New Video - Jérémy Jouve performs " 3 Figures fractales"  (april 2019) :


CD Review "BUL-BOP" from "Guitart" (Italy) , (january 2019):

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Atanas Ourkouzounov est un des guitaristes plus intéressants dans le panorama international actuel. Dans ce Cd nous trouvons des compositions pour flûte et guitares, des pages qui enrichissent le répertoire pour cette formation.

Le language de Ourkouzounov est reconnaissable dès le premier morceau, Sonatine: trois mouvements intenses dans lesquels l'élément ethnique se marie aux sonorités fluctuantes de la flûte et la rythmique de la guitare, avec accords plaqués, arpèges, percussions. 

Remarquable aussi Légendes de 2006, quatre morceaux toujours à haute tension. En particulier il nous a séduit Makedonska Pesen, une émouvante réminiscence macédonienne. 

En suite Babini Deventini, ces 5 morceaux magnifiquement structurés nous conduisent à la clôture du CD avec Labyrinthes, trois pièces qui résument un peu l'essence d'un CD incontournable : lyrisme, poignantes harmonies et rythmes inépuisables. 


- Orthodox  Chant  for voice , flute , guitar and contrabass published by Doberman-Yppan (january 2019) :



- Codex Bulgaricus  for 6 guitars , published by Doberman-Yppan (november 2018) :



- Bulgaroscope  for  guitar , published by Doberman-Yppan (october 2018) :



Interview  for the classical guitar magazine "Fall / 2018" (september 2018) :

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- Sonata N°5  for  guitar , published by Doberman-Yppan (august 2018) :



 New Video - Chaconne d'après une improvisation de Petar Ralchev  (august 2018) :


-3 Minimalesques  for  guitar , published by Doberman-Yppan (may 2018) :



CD Review "Autoprtrait II" from "Guitaren" (Journal of The Danish Guitar Society) , (may 2018):

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This CD, which contains some of Atanas Ourkouzounov’s latest compositions for guitar, is a successful and challenging recording.

Atanas is without a doubt one of the greatest living composers for the guitar, and at the same time he belongs to the elite of performing guitarists - a fact testified by this CD as well as his many performances in Denmark with Mie Ogura.

The first track of the CD is “3 figures fractales” (2016-2017). The three pieces resemble evocative, inquiring, abstract paintings.

Maybe these pieces don’t catch the attention a lot upon a first listening, but they do improve on acquaintance. Afterwards follow “3 Balkanesques” (2015) - played out in a more genuinely folkloristic tonal language.

Arriving at “Eastern songs” (2016), we are back in the modern tonal language, but this time round added a more folkloristic tone.

Atanas possesses a magic ability to wrap beautiful melodies in modern harmony and seemingly restless music. It is demanding for the listener, but the reward is sizable!

“Postlude in Green” from 2014 is a melancholic and beautiful timbre painting. One also finds the same melancholy in “Cinq Impasses” from 2017, but this time round, the melancholy is broken by virtuosic, rhythmical sections.

The great virtuoso display of fireworks “Toccatchenitsa” - also from 2017 - concludes the album.

This new disc is a powerful, uncompromising release from one of the very greatest on the international guitar scene.

Claus Rosenquist

(Translation: Peter Strömgren). 

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World premiere of "Chaconne" d'aprés une improvisation de P.Ralchev for guitar solo (april 2018) :


Chaconne  for  guitar , published by Doberman-Yppan (april  2018) :



Nonsense movements  for  guitar , published by Doberman-Yppan (march  2018) :



- Raga "Ibriama"  for flute & guitar , published by Doberman-Yppan (february 2018) :



CD Review "Autoprtrait II" from Guitart Magazine , (february 2018):

Atanas Ourkouzounov is a guitarist-composer among the most inspired and original ones of the last decade. 

He was born in Sofia and after the beginning with Dimitar Doitchinov, he moved to Paris in 1992 and studied with Arnaud Dumond, Alexandre Lagoya and Olivier Chassain. His studied not only the guitar but also chamber music, analysis, ethnomusicology and improvisation. 

Nowadays he is one of the most played guitarist-composers and many famous guitarists have programmed his music. Among them: Zoran Dukic, Denis Azbagic, Scott Tennant, Shin-Ichi Fukuda, Eduardo Isaac, Pablo Márquez. 

Autoportrait II contains self played compositions revealing the core of his language, with a deep lyrical side, but also extreme contrasts which won’t leave the listener indifferent. 

The Cd opens with the tryptic Figures Fractales, a charming piece which features in its three movements sonorities and harmonic solutions, typical of his style. 

Another three-parts piece, Balkanesque, sometimes reminds the great Bogdanovic. But even here Ourkouzounov keeps his particularities. Without quotations, he offers original musical solutions and ideas, as a great composer. 

Further pieces are the Eastern Songs, five hommages to Bulgaria (his native land), to Japan, to Serbia, but also Postlude in green, dedicated to Takemitsu. This last topic was already treated by other talented composer like Brouwer. Even in this piece the signature is clear, recognizable like his other pieces, but of course it is not possible not to think to the world of the famous Japanese composer. Some of the timbre nuances are the echo of this fascinating and far world. 

And then we have the Cinq impasses, short compositions, result of the same creative gesture, a sort of impromptus.

Toccatchenistsa, voluptuous and intense piece, closes the CD. An excellent playing by Atanas as performer. 

These are authentic and inspired compositions. They are increasing the current guitar repertoire and they deserve to be discovered. A Cd that shouldn’t definitely be missed. 



CD Review "Autoprtrait II" from Soundboard Magazine , (january 2018):

From the opening moment of this CD, Paris-based Bulgarian composer Atanas Ourkouzounov displays his uncanny ability to present a sense of controlled chaos with elegance and power. This is a self-portrait, an intimate and intense look into the recent compositions of one of today’s great guitar composers. As the cover art suggests, an image of the artist emerges as the notes spin round and round, constantly revealing his musical genius. His love of Bulgarian music is matched by his fascination with the endless possibilities of texture and sonority on the guitar.

This is not « difficult » new music, it is too organic, too heartfelt, too natural. But you will not be comforted by common chord progressions, impressive arpeggios, fast scales, familiar Latin rhythms, or new age grooves. This is music deeply concerned with tone and texture though melody is never far away, often woven into a contrapuntal fabric. Inventive harmonies emerge out of a Bach-like flow of single line melody. Frequent use of laissez vibrer and campanellas are highly refined by an ear that molds every lingering pitch. Irregular meters are a fact of life in the Balkans, and so the constant shifting of accent is delivered naturally, his driving sense of rhythm so firm that the music captivates.

A confident, accurate technique renders the complexities of Atanas’ compositions with warm tone even through harsh dissonance. His strong slur technique with its melodic grace is essential to the flow of long single line sections. His use of both percussive elements and harmonics are organic, not token isolated sections. Harmonics are not ornamental but are a natural extension of the range of the guitar. Percussive effects likewise seem to emerge from necessity, not an effort to amuse or divert – a tambourine in the singer’s hand. A brilliant performer, Atanas hears every detail, controls the duration and timbre of every note, and finely balances the structure of dissonant sonorities.

My understanding of Bulgarian/Balkan music is superficial, but I would recommend that anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of Atanas Ourkouzounov seek out recordings/videos of Balkan vocal ensembles. The folk traditions are full of the rhythms and dissonant seconds and sevenths that Atanas uses so fluently. Highly recommended as essential listening.

Frank Wallace

Soundboard Volume 43 N°4 (december 2017)


World premiere of "Broken Concerto" - for flute , guitar & ensemble      (january 2018) :


"Variations folkloriques"  for guitar , published by Doberman-Yppan (december 2017) :



Interview  for the swedish guitar magazine "Gitarr ach Luta 4 / 2017" (december 2017) :

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"Broken Concerto"  for flute , guitar and ensemble  published by Doberman-Yppan (november 2017) :



20/october 19h - Tokyo - Opera City Hall , world premiere of "Broken Concerto" (2017) for flute , guitar and ensemble "Nomad " (Japan)

Concert Nomad


"Modal Waves"  for clarinet , cello , marimba- vibraphone &  4 guitars or guitar ensemble  published by Doberman-Yppan (october 2017) :

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Video from New CD "Autopotrait II" - "Toccathcenitsa"  (august 2017) :


"Toccathcenitsa"  for  guitar solo  published by Doberman-Yppan 

(july 2017) :



"Cinq Impasses"  for  guitar solo  published by Doberman-Yppan 

(june 2017) :

cinq impasses


"Trakiiska Elegia"  for  guitar solo  published by Doberman-Yppan 

(april 2017) :



"Micro infinity III"  for  cello solo  published by Doberman-Yppan 

(march 2017) :



"Waves & Sands"  for  guitar solo  published by Doberman-Yppan 

(february 2017) :



"3 figures fractales"  for  guitar solo  published by Doberman-Yppan 

(january 2017) :



World premiere of "Trois Balkanesques" - for guitar solo      (november 2016) :


"Scherzo pour quatre"  for  flute , violin and two guitars  published by Doberman-Yppan 

(november 2016) :



New CD "Exils"   

Rémi Jousselme - guitare (october 2016)

Works by  Takemitsu & Ourkouzounov.

 Contrastes Records 2016 :



"Broken Grooves"  for  two guitars  published by Doberman-Yppan 

(october 2016) :

Broken grooves


"Formes aléatoires"  for  flute & guitar  published by Doberman-Yppan 

(september 2016) :



World premiere of "Motus Bulgaricus" - performed by Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (august 2016) :


New CD "Miscelanea Guitar Quartet in Swirling modes"   Miscelanea Guitar Quartet (august 2016)

Works by Ourkouzounov.

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"Cinq nuances modales"  for  guitar solo  published by Doberman-Yppan 

(july 2016) :

5 nuances


"Sonate N°4"  for  guitar solo  published by Doberman-Yppan 

(june 2016) :

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World premiere of "Micro Infiny II" - for flute solo , performed by Mie Ogura (may 2016) :


World premiere of "Concerto Infini" - for guitar & orchestra , performed by Zoran Dukic (april 2016) :




"Micro infinity II"  for  flute solo  published by Doberman-Yppan (march 2016) :



"Eastern Songs"  for  guitar solo  published by Doberman-Yppan 

(february 2016) :



"Micro infinity I"  for  violin solo  published by Doberman-Yppan (november 2015) :



"Concerto infini"  for  guitar and orchestra  published by Doberman-Yppan (november 2015) :



 My piece "Trois dimensions modales" ( will be the set piece for the next International Guitar Competition in Antony (France) , april 2016 :

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"Trois balkanesques"  for  guitar solo published by Doberman-Yppan (july 2015) :



CD Review from the French Guitar Magazine , (june 2015):

Guitare Classique 2015


Antwerpen Gitaar Festival , 2015 GUITAR COMPETITION (28-29 november) - 

These are the titles of the imposed pieces of this year's guitar competition in November  focussing on contemporary Bulgarian composer Atanas Ourkouzounov. One or more movements from the following pieces may be chosen, to be played in both rounds of the competition: "Sept Brèves Énigmes" (Category B from 10 to 15 years of age) and "Greek Miniatures" / "Fairy Tale" / "Kaleidoscore" (Category A from 15 to 20 years of age).


for more information:


"Trois dimensions modales"  for  guitar solo published by Doberman-Yppan (may 2015) :



"Motus bulgaricus "  for  4 guitars published by Doberman-Yppan (april 2015) :



"Figures de style"  for  2 guitars published by Doberman-Yppan (march 2015) :



World premiere of "Postlude in Green" - hommage à Takemitsu  for guitar solo (february 2015) :


"Revolving lantern"  for  4 guitars published by Doberman-Yppan (january 2015) :

Revolving lantern


"Tanzologia"  for  violin and guitar published by Doberman-Yppan (december 2014) :



CD Review from the Danish Guitar Magazine , (november 2014):

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"I have previously praised this duo highly, and I am happy to do so again. They possess an outstanding musical and technical level. Just the mere fact that they deliver one flawless CD after the other withoout losing musicality and joy of performing is very unusual.
This CD is a mixture of previous recordings – live and from studio.
All of the music is composed by Atanas Ourkouzounov and published on Dobberman-Yppan (Canada).
The first piece ”Sonatina” (1999) has 3 movements: A rythmically swinging Bulgarian dance followed by a slow movement ”Comme un chant”. The guitar and the flute are perfectly balanced: Thin, airy tones from the flute blended with crystal clear harmonics from the guitar. To finish, we get a joyful and charming little Serbian rondo. Great!

The title piece ”Bul-Bop”, composed in 2009, is in a slighty more modern style. We har dynamic rythms - and the flute really sings. After this follows a cute little suite ”Three East Tales”, composed 2009-2010. It is delightfully melodious - containing sounds and rythms from Eastern Europe.
”4 Legendes” (a 4 movement piece) also has folcloristic roots and posseses a touch of humor.
”Babini Devinti” from 2012 is a suite in 5 movements written in a modern tonal language. Lively, rythmically dynamic movements interchange with slow, dreamy movements characterized by tonal density and variety.
We get plenty of airy sounds from the flute and many timbral effects on the guitar: Harmonics, pizzicato, playing with the left hand alone, etc.
”Labyrinthes” in 3 movements starts off with a cadenza for guitar, followed by an interlude for the flute, in which we hear both singing and blowing from the flute. To finish, the two soloists join each other in a virtuoso bursting toccata.
This CD presents world class conermporary chamber music. Atanas's music bursts joyfully and has a nice timbre, but the magic decreases upon hearing the entire CD.
So the advice is: Enjoy it bit by bit – or even better: See the duo live!
The CD can be obtained from Dobberman-Yppan."


"4 Figures Acoustiques"  for  4 guitars published by Doberman-Yppan (october 2014) :



CD Review from Classical Guitar Magazine , (september 2014):

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"Postlude in Green" (hommage à Takemitsu) for  guitar solo published by Doberman-Yppan (july 2014) :



"Flowing modes" for violin &  guitar published by Doberman-Yppan (june 2014) :



World premiere of "Flowing modes" performed by Eiichi Chijiiwa & Atanas Ourkouzounov (may 2014) :


- Sonate N°3 "Cycling modes" for solo guitar published by Doberman-Yppan (may 2014) :



New CD "Bul-Bop" - flute & guitar  with  Mie Ogura (february 2014)

Works by Ourkouzounov.

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CD Review from the Danish Guitar Magazine , (january 2014):

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"This is the second live CD from this fantastic duo that it is my pleasure to review. I may repeat myself in this review since certainly the same kind of superlatives come to the mind.

It is world class duo playing! As I see it, Atanas is one of the finest guitarists on today's international guitar scene. His superb technique is totally in the favour of the music, and he is one of the most technically impeccable guitarists I have ever heard. However, at no point do we feel that the perfectionism comes in the way of the artistry. This is seldomly seen in the world of guitarists.

I am not qualified to judge Mie Ogura's qualities as a flutist, but what I can undoubtedly confirm is that she plays handsomely, sensitively, dramatically – and certainly always ”to the limit”.... Together they form a perfect unit. The recording was made by Leif Hesselberg – the result is a very handsome and natural sound.

The first tracks on the CD are 3 evergreens by George Gershwin: ”I Love You Porgy”, ”The Man I Love” and ”I Got Rythm”. They all produce an immense joy for the ear – and the swung feeling towards the end of the latter piece is a true delight.

Then follow Atanas's own composition ”Babini devetini” - a modern piece in 5 short movements - using – at first - a tonal language very much based on the different options of tone production of the instrument – followed by enticing rythmic sections using special effects on the flute as well as on the guitar.

Then follow 2 pieces by Claude Debussy: The evocative flute solo ”Syrinx” after which the guitar rejoins the flute in ”La plus que lente”. To follow, we are invited on a trip to Spain through Chick Corea's ”Crystal Silence”.

Mie Ogura's composition ”Agadez” is also rhythmically virtuosic, presenting considerable challenges for the flutist as well as for the guitarist – we are dealing with a tonal universe clearly inspired by the South American music. Atanas Ourkouzounov's work ”Extension” is another piece in which the rendition of brilliant and advanced rhytms hits the ear, but this time round the listener's mind travels to Eastern Europe – given the melodic and harmonic language.

The following piece, Bela Bartok's beautiful-sounding miniature ”Sonatine” is a delightful, humoristic item and to close the party, we get ”African Rondo” - composed by the duo members in conjunction. As the title suggests, the source of inspiration is African music.

Overall a marvellous journey throughout the world in the company of a duo mastering just about all styles: jazz, classical, contemporary and folklore. "


-"Perspectives Impaires" (2012) for guitar solo - world premiere ,

(january 2014):


"Concerto da camera" for guitar and string quartet performed in Sion (december 2013):


"Six Earth Figures" for piano solo  published by Doberman-Yppan (november 2013):



New CD "Something else" - flute & guitar with Mie Ogura  

live recording (september 2013)

Works by Gershwin, Bartok, Debussy, Ourkouzounov, Ogura.

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"Perspectives impaires" for solo guitar published by Doberman-Yppan (september 2013):



CD Review from Classical Guitar Magazine , (september 2013):



"Swirling modes" for 4 guitars published by Doberman-Yppan (july 2013):


"Divertissement à trois" for violin , cello & guitar  published by Doberman-Yppan (june 2013):


World premiere of "Swirling modes" performed by Miscelanea 

Guitar Quartet (may 2013):


World premiere of  "Divertissement à trois" performed by Trio

 Brantelid, Härenstam ,Sparf (march 2013):


CD Review from  Guitare Classique , (march-may 2013):

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