Ilia Karadjov was born in Germany to a Bulgarian family. He is the nephew of the reknowned Bulgarian violinist Vasco Abadjiev, deceased in 1978. He studied Music and Musicology. The Flute and Saxophone were his principle subjects at the University of Arts and Music in his home city Berlin.
He participated in numerous flute master classes with experts such as Karl-Heinz Zöller (Hamburg), Eckart Haupt (Dresden), Dr. Richard Müller-Dombois (Detmold), Trevor Wye (England) which furthered his proficiency.
In addition, Ilia Karadjov attended a saxophone master class at the University of Arts and Music in Berlin with Jean-Marie Londeix (France).
The artist plays on a wide range of flutes, including piccolo, flute, alto flute, bass flute and the baroque transverse flute.
From 1990 until 2000 he served as full-time flautist of the Opera Orchestra “Nordharzer Städtebundtheater” in the German towns Halberstadt and Quedlinburg, where he also played alto, tenor and baritone saxophone.
In 2000 he began freelancing as a Flautist and Saxophonist in various orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout Germany.
Ilia Karadjov has appeared as solo flautist and chamber musician with great success in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, playing comprehensive repertoire from the Baroque and Classical period, Romantic movement, 20th century up to Contemporary and Jazz Music. His programs are always very interesting.
He celebrated his international success on stage as a flutist between 2008 and 2016 in Palestine (Westbank) and Jerusalem at various International Music Festivals where he held master classes as well.
Another international performance followed in June 2011 in Sofia (Bulgaria) within the framework of the International Festival “Sofia Music Weeks” with the program “Mozart in another way”, which consisted of famous arias from Mozart operas for two flutes. In 2013 and 2016 he played other concerts in Sofia accompanied by the Bulgarian pianist Vida Kalojanova.
In 2011 he performed several flute concerts in China and celebrated a great success with the highly acclaimed concert program “Jazz is everywhere” (with music composed by Claude Bolling, Daniel Schnyder, Nicolai Kapustin, Michel Blavet), accompanied by the pianist Simon Schmid.
In the following years, they continued to perform “Jazz is everywhere” throughout Germany. They also played it in France in 2012 and 2013 and last, but not least, in Venice in 2015.
Ilia Karadjov was and still is a teacher of several instruments (Flute, Recorder, Saxophone and Clarinet) at several music schools throughout Germany.
From the beginning of 2007, Ilia Karadjov has got a post as a Music Pedagogue at the music school in the town of Norden (Province Lower Saxony) for Flute and Saxophone, for chamber music and music theory.
In 2008 he took part in a competition by the Barenboim-Said Foundation and was asked to teach different instruments to children and perform concerts in Palestine (West Bank) until 2010. At the same time, he served as a flute teacher in the «Al Kamandjati Music Centre». The aim of this musical education project was to foster peace and reconciliation in the Middle East by means of music.
You can find a publication of his performances on the following Youtube and Soundcloud accounts:
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