The mandolin quartet SEASONS was founded in 1996 by Assen
Dimitrov (1913 - 2000), who was also the founder of the first
mandolin orchestra in Bulgaria. In their performances the
members of the quartet present the combined Bulgarian mandolin
and guitar traditions acquired from maestro Assen Dimitrov and
prof. Dimitar Doychinov and the latest European mandolin
concepts acquired in the master classes of the well-known German
professors Caterina Lichtenberg, Dieter Kreidler etc.
years the quartet has performed works from known composers of
various style periods. The new creative direction seen in their
second CD is to enrich the repertoire with new music, composed
especially for SEASONS.
The quartet has participated in many
national and international festivals of classical and contemporary
music: the 35th, the 38th and the 40th
International Festival of plectrum music in Logrono, Spain (2001;
2004; 2006); the 10th and 11th
International Festival of Mandolin Music in Imotski, Croatia (2005;
2006); the 19th
National Festival of Art "Apolonia" 2003, Bulgaria; "Sofia Summer
Festival", Bulgaria (2001); the "Balkan Festival of Guitar Music",
Bulgaria (2003; 2004; 2005; 2009) etc.
The quartet SEASONS won the First
Prize and Grand Prix in the 10th and 11th
International Festival of Mandolin Music in Imotski, Croatia and the
Third Prize of the 5th
Contest for New Compositions, Logrono, Spain (2006).
The quartet SEASONS has performed in
Bulgaria, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Japan, Croatia,
USA and other countries.
Bulgarian National TV created and broadcast two films of the quartet
in 1999 and in 2007.
SEASONS quartet released its first CD, reviewed in the Journal of
the Classical Mandolin Society of America.
In 2009 the quartet released its second CD "A
Story for the Balkan Mountains". The title work was composed by the
Bulgarian composer Slavcho Nikolov (guitarist of the quartet) for
duo mandolins. The latest CD was also reviewed in the Journal of the
Classical Mandolin Society of America.