Road to Grammy Awards for Bulgaria's Professor Konstantinov

Society » CULTURE | February 12, 2015, Thursday // 14:32
Bulgaria: Road to Grammy Awards for Bulgaria's Professor Konstantinov Photo: bTV

This is the incredible story of a Bulgarian, who fled prosecution, then emigrated to the US, became Vice President of Sony International and eventually ended up winning a Grammy award.

The American Dream did not come easy though, bTV reported. As Kristiyan Konstantinov, who had education in sound production, was initially looking for a job across the ocean, he ended up at an interview in a recording studio where world-known musician Vladimir Horowitz was playing. The Bulgarian briefly mentioned that there was a redundant tact in the melody and was then asked to remove it by the producer Tom Frost.

Since then, Konstantinov has gone on working at the CBS sound studios, to later join the team of Sony BMG.

One of his first steps as a Vice President of the company involved building a studio in one of the upper floors of the Sony office buildings, overlooking Central Park. That was unheard of before, as all studios were formerly located underground with regards to sound-proofing concerns.

Konstantinov had been largely criticized for his revolutionary approach, until Paul MacCartney and Bon Jovi came and recorded at the new studio. They said that this was the best facility they had used in their careers, according to Konstantinov.

His big break through led him to meeting celebrities of the likes of Madonna, Mariah Carey and many more.

He, however, considers his biggest accomplishment the Grammy award he secured after nine nominations. The win came for the recording of classical musicians Daniel Barenboim and Itzkah Pellman.

Konstantinov left Sony in 2001 and came back to Bulgaria several years ago in order to share his experience with young Bulgarian talents.

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