The beginning of the ‘Music’ Department goes back to 1948 with the founding of the academic music research institute with a museum. The first members were Petko Stainov and Andrei Stoyanov. The first director was Acad. Petko Stainov; the first regular staff member: Ivan Kachulev (since 1950). Initially the institute has two departments: one of folk music and another for academic research and publications. During the years some very famous Bulgarian scientists work at the Music Institute: Raina Katzarova, Elena Stoin, Nikolai Kaufman, Andrei Andreev, Venelin Krastev, Stoyan Stoyanov, Todor Dzhidzhev, Todor Todorov, Agapia Balareva, Gencho Gaitandzhiev, Elena Kuteva, Bozhidar Spasov, Mikhail Bukureshliev, Vergilii Atanasov, Lilyana Vitanova-Staleva, Anna Ilieva, Violeta Konsulova, Ilia Manolov, Leon Moskona, Dimitrina Kaufman. Until 1988 the Music Institute was part of the Academic Society for Art Studies which included three additional institutes: The Institute of Art Studies, Folklore Institute, Institute for Theory and History of Urban Planning and Architecture. During that same year with a decree of the Council of Ministers the Music Institute and the Institute of Art Studies merge: the Institute on Problems of Art Studies is created which later is renamed to Institute of Art Studies.
The ‘Music’ Department at the Institute of Art Studies has 6 research groups that combine the efforts of scientists working in different spheres of theory and history of music.
Head of the ‘Music’ Department is Prof. Kristina Yapova. DSc.

Research groups


Musical performing arts

Music Culture and Information

Music Modernity