She studied at the “Philip Koutev” school of music
in Kotel, specializing in authentic folklore
singing; and the “Dobri Hristov” school of
music in Varna, specializing in percussions.
She then graduated from the “P. Vladigerov”
State Academy of music in Sofia, majoring in
percussions. She attracts both,
the audiences ‘and the critics’ attention by her
specific voice - strong, deep-toned, clear and hardy,
the tone-quality being one of beautiful and
Todorova worked as a soloist at the State Dance
and Music Ensemble in Varna and the The Mystery
of the Bulgarian voices” Cosmic Voices of
Bulgaria” Choir where she performed authentic Bulgarian
folk songs, and compositions in Yiddish and Sanskrit.
In 2003 Elitsa Todorova began working with Bulgaria’s
most popular and renowned drummer and percussionist Stoyan
Yankoulov. The unique Elitsa Todorova-Stoyan Yankoulov Duo
turned into a phenomenon in no time. Their high
professionalism and perfectionism underlies all their
Elitsa Todorova develops a percussions-playing style
of her own, combining quick ostinate rhythms on the
tarambuka with synhronized tarambuka with synchronized
playing and singing. The result is a mosaic of unique
vocal movements and impeccable musical improvisations.
She plays traditional percussion instruments in a most
non-traditional way. The singer easily mixes traditional
folklore with jazz, drum and base, ethno-motifs, classics
and spontaneous improvisation.
The result is fascinating. A magnetic voice and percussion
tell us their folklore-jazz story. In her repertoire Elitsa
Todorova plays instruments like the tarambuka, drums, maracas,
clavess, old silver coins, shepperd’schimes, horses’ bells,
a magical thunder-wand, guirro, chimes, but of all musical
instruments the best, in her opinion, is human voice. Through
combining authentic Bulgarian folk songs with the energy of
percussions Elitsa Todorova presents in a most touchng way
the core, the potency and the emotional power
of Bulgarian culture.
She has been working with: “The Cosmic Voices of Bulgaria”
Choir, “Varna Ensemble”, “The Mystery of the Bulgarian voices”
and the musicians: Stoyan Yankoulov, Theodosii Spassov, Ivo
Pappazov, Antonii Donchev, Jivko Petrov, Vesselin Vesselinov,
Rossen Zahariev, Michail Yossifov, Vasko Vassilev, Arabel Fon
Karajan, Anatoly Vapirov, Roushi Vidinliev, Rui Junior,
Pamela Nicolson, Okhai Temiz, Yamar Tiyam, Nikos Тouliatos,
William Pluma, Habib Shamandy, Ivan Shopov DJ Cooh,
Hristo Yotzov the Bulgarian National Radio orchestra,
Classic FM Radio orchestra and many others.
She has taken part in concerts in Japan, Canada, Finland,
France, Portugal, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Luxembourg,
Greece, Poland, Turkey, Hungary, Switzerland, Croatia,
Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Ukraine, Belarus,
Italy and in Africa.
Elitsa Todorova has presented Bulgarian cultural heritage
before the presidents of Bulgaria, Greece, Armenia, Hungary;
before H.M. Prince Albert, Koidjiro Matsura of UNESCO, PACE
ministers. She took part in 2005 most significant cultural
event-the launching of cultural corridors for South-East Europe.
Elitsa Todorova has been given the following awards:
The Golden Phenomenon statuette for 2005, for her phenomenal
achievements in the field of the singing and performing arts
and for promoting Bulgarian culture around the world;
A Honorary Diploma from the Republic of Austria’s Embassy
for her great contribution to popularizing Bulgarian Jazz music
to Austria within the Step across the border 2005 European
“A mysterious, exotic and hot-blooded singer” 2005
Elitsa Todorova has been awarded
with the following awards:
2008 April: BG Radio Music Awards:
Special award, golden statuette: BG
Ambassador of the Bulgarian culture
across the world
Golden statuette for Bulgarian song
for 2007 - “Water”
Golden statuette for Bulgarian duet
2007 December: GRAZIA magazine’s award
“Woman of the year in category Music”
2007 October : Crystal Lyre Award in
category Pop and Rock Music
2007 June: Statuette for the best
video of the song “Water” - MAD TV
Greece in Athens
2007 June: Statuette “Orpheus”–Smolian city
2007 May: An award of honour from the
Bulgarian Parliament and from the
Ministry of Environment and Water
2005: Statuette “Golden Phenomenon”-
for phenomenal achievements in the area
of singing and instrumental arts and for
the presentation of the Bulgarian culture
across the world.
2005: Crystal Lyre Award in category Jazz
2005: Award from the Republic of Austria
for the big contribution to the popularization
of the Bulgarian jazz music in Austria,
in accordance with the European program
“Step across the border”
Since February 2008, Elitsa Todorova has
become an official representative of the
Eco-campaign „Let’s plant a tree”!
Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankoulov were the participates
in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest! Their amazing song
“Voda”(“Water”) brought to the country fifth place, a
Bulgaria had never reached before. After the Semi-Final
where Elitsa and Stoyan gave a flawless and overwhelming
performance, the Bulgarian percussion duet went out on stage
in Hartwall Arena charged with positive energy and determined
to present the Bulgarian grooves and rhythms in the best
possible manner. Everyone could see the emotion in every
stroke of the duet and the large hall erupted in applause
enjoying the three minutes of the Bulgarian percussion show.
Elitsa and Stoyan gave their best performance ever. Elitsa
rocked the hall with her amazingly strong voice for her
delicate body. What is more, she did it, unlike all the
rest of the entrants, without the support of backing vocals.
Elitsa and Stoyan looked comfortable and happy on stage,
which quite naturally brought them the well-deserved position
in the final ranking. Still a toddler in Eurovision, only in
its third year in the Contest, Bulgaria managed to bring to
the fore a song that wins, if not contests, at least the
hearts of millions of lovers of excellent music. They came
to you with rhythm and love!
Edited by Raikis on 25 Jun 2008, 11:35
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