GEORGE MITTEV - flute, saxophone, keyboard & vocal
KRASSIMIRA MARINOVA - piano, keyboard &vocal
Born September, 23-rd 1953,Varna,Bulgaria.
Started studying music in 1959, joining the piano-class of the Children` s Music School. From 1967 till 1972 George completed the full flute course in the Secondary Music School in Varna. Right afterwards George did his military service being a flute- player in the Navy's Brass Band in Varna. From 1974 George was a student in the Instrumentalists' Department of Classical Music at the National Academy of Music in Sofia, and graduated from it in 1978. Because of his impressive musical abilities and excellent performances, George was selected to specialize in the Masters' Class of Chamber Music.
Born May, 25-th 1957, Haskovo, Bulgaria.
Began studying the piano since five years of age. In 1969 Krassimira was awarded the second prize at the First National Competition for Young Musicians in Provadia, Bulgaria. From 1971 till 1976 Krassimira completed the full course of studies in the English Language School in Plovdiv simultaneously with her music studies as a private student in the Secondary Music School /Plovdiv/.
In 1981 she graduated from Sofia University. From 1998 till 2001 she completed the courses of jazz and pop piano and singing at New Bulgarian University, Sofia.
In 1996 we - George and Krassie started playing as a duo - formation. Since then we have taken the joint road of CHARM DUO.
Our universal abilities and similar taste for music contributed to achieving a very successful ensemble. We created an extensive repertoire of classical and chamber music using flute and piano, performing the masterpieces of all periods at lobby-bars, cocktail-, coffee- and tea-parties, Vienna-type cafes, etc.
Since jazz is one of our favorite styles, we have prepared most of the jazz standards in our unique way using all the possibilities of the saxophone, flute and keyboard for improvisation as well as the potentialities of our voices to make a universal presentation of this great music.
It turned out that George`s voice blend was quite suitable for singing rock and roll music, while Krassie did a very good job at the new disco hits.
Nearly half of our repertoire consists of ever-green and dance music covering all periods since swing till now so that it could satisfy the tastes and preferences of any part of our audience, regardless of age. We have performed these styles in different places of entertainment - mainly restaurants, dance halls , night-clubs, etc.
We could say that a third of our repertoire is instrumental music and we perform it even in an acoustic way using the natural sounds of our instruments so our performance is completely live because we are not fond of play-backs, sind-backs, etc.
Our repertoire includes: American, English, Italian, French, Latin-American, German, Greek, Russian, Bulgarian and Oriental music in the original languages at that.
We have played in all types of places of entertainment and have a lot of experience even in combining acoustic piano and flute chamber music with contemporary repertoire - instrumental and vocal in the same place when it is required. That` s why we are regarded as a unique formation and it greatly impresses our audience.
We have entered into contracts for performing in Germany, Norway, Austria, Turkey, Greece.
Everywhere we have worked our impresarios and employers have been impressed by our professionalism, discipline and kind and intelligent cooperation and we have naturally received their admiration, respectively recontracts at quite good remuneration.
The periods we spend in Sofia (where we live) we perform at the best international hotels and most luxurious places of entertainmen