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Bassoonist, producer and multidisciplinary collaborator, Alexandar Hadjiev was born in 1987 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He began his musical studies at the National School of Music L. Pipkov, Sofia under the direction of Peter Kocev and later continued at the Folkwang University Essen (Germany) where he studied with Malte Refardt. Alexandar attended the 2011/2012 International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt (Germany) where he worked closely with members of the Ensemble Modern and performed throughout Germany, France and Hong Kong. A recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, Alexander has worked closely with renowned composers such as Helmut Lacherman, Thomas Ades, Heiner Goebels, Jörg Widmann, Beat Furrer, Hanspeter Kyburz, Arnulf Hermann, Heinz Holliger, Thomas Ades, Mathias Pintscher, Johannes Kalitzke and Luca Francesconi.

Alexander is a member of ensemble MAM.manufkatur für aktuelle musik and regularly appears in the projects of Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Garage, Le Concert Impromptu Paris, altstadtherbst Orchestra, the festival ensemble of Heidelberger Frühling with Matthias Pintscher, Westfälische Kammerphilharmonie Gütersloh, Folkwang Kammerorchester and the Sinfonietta Köln. He has produced recordings for WDR3, HR, SWR, ZDF, ClassicFM, RBB, MR2, the Bulgarian National Radio and the Bulgarian National Television and participated in numerous festivals around the world.

Since 2014 Alexandar is a teacher at the International Ensemble Modern Academy for the “KulturJahrTag” Projects – creative education projects organised by the Altana Stiftung (in cooperation with Ensemble Modern, Schauspielhaus Frankfurt, Forsythe Company and Frankfurt Lab). He is the artistic director and co-creator of the festival “180° laboratory for innovative art Sofia”. In 2015 Alexandar became one of the “40 till 40” of “Darik radio” for helping the further development of the culture in Bulgaria. Beginning of 2016 he was artist in residence at the “Bauhaus Stiftung Dessau”(in cooperation with KurtWeilFest and Ensemble Modern), where he created his piece "move(ME-N)t”. He will perform his work live around Europe till the end of 2016 and an excerpt of it will be exposed as an installation in the house of Walter Gropius in Dessau till 2020.