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Vanguel Tangarov - Principal Clarinet

Vanguel Tangarov, a native of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, performs as Principal Clarinet for the Austin Lyric Opera and Mid-Texas Symphony. In addition, Mr. Tangarov teaches clarinet at Baylor University, and Texas State University. He is an active teacher and clinician in the Leander and Round Rock Independent School Districts.

Vanguel Tangarov previously served as Principal Clarinet at Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Bulgaria; Academia Chigiana Symphony Orchestra, Siena, Italy; Jeunesses Musicales World Symphony Orchestra, Berlin, Germany; and Monterrey Symphony Orchestra in Mexico. He has appeared as a soloist with the Plovdiv Philharmonic, Rousse Philharmonic, Varna Philharmonic, and Sofia Philharmonic orchestras in Bulgaria and the Monterrey Symphony (OS UANL) and Monterrey Chamber Orchestra in Mexico performing concertos by Mozart, Weber, Copland, Jean Francaix, Cimarosa, Giampieri, and Pipkov.

In 2010, Tangarov recently performed at the International Clarinet Fest in Austin, Texas, premiering music by Bulgarian and Romanian composers. He can be heard as principal clarinetist on a recent Naxos recording titled “Circus Maximus” by John Corigliano with the University of Texas at Austin Wind Ensemble and as a clarinetist on more than ten other recordings.

Mr. Tangarov has been awarded numerous prizes in both national and international clarinet competitions including: Prague Spring International Competition 1996, 6th place overall; United Nations International Clarinet Competition, Lisbon, Portugal 1994, 4th place overall; First International Clarinet Competition, Constanza, Rumania 1993, 2nd Prize; “The Music and the Earth” International Chamber Music Competition, Sofia, Bulgaria 1993, 3rd Prize; Bulgarian National Clarinet Competition for French Music, Plovdiv, Bulgaria 1997, 1st Prize; Brahms Academy Competition for Chamber Music, Sofia, Bulgaria 1993, 2nd Prize; Bulgarian National Radio-Mozart Chamber Music Competition 1991, Clarinet Quintet 1st Prize, and Bulgarian National Clarinet Competition, Provadia, Bulgaria 1990, 1st Prize. Vanguel Tangarov holds a Master’s Degree from the State Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria where he studied with Professor Petko Radev, former Principal Clarinet of Teatro Alla Scala di Milan, Italy and a DMA at the University of Texas at Austin.