About Ivanka Ivanova
Artistic Name - Ivanka Ivanova
18.01.1954 born in Pazardzhik in the West-Thracian plain, Bulgaria
Multiple performances at school as a soloist and in the school choir.
1971-1975 soloist of an ensemble for folklore music in the town of Pazardzhik.
1975-1979 Student at the Medical Institute Dr. Varban Genchev – major as medical tech in Veliko Tarnovo. Awarded praise in 1979 in Vratsa and in Varna in 1980.
Since 1979 has collected over 1000 authentic folklore songs from the old women in the region.
From among that authentic collection, she has prepared her repertoire for radio recordings and wants to publish books with that collection.
Since 1980 she has over 300 recordings in different radio stations, CD, and others:
44 Radio Sofia, Plovdiv 17 radio, 24 Radio HR Frankfurt, WDR Cologne 20, 16 Radio Pazardzhik, 27 Radio Veselina, Plovidiv, and many more songs on CDs
Participation in five TV broadcasts in the Bulgarian TV air, in Sofia and Plovdiv.
In August 1981 she was awarded the silver medal at the Koprivshtitsa Festival.
16 of April, 1984, she was awarded first category as a folklore singer at the acceptance examinations at the State Committee in Haskovo.
1984 she was a soloist at the Concert Direction in Sofia, in the group of Ivan Shibiliev
In November, 1984, she married the German citizen Siegfried Pietrek and since March of 1985, Ivanka Ivanova Pietrek has lived at first in Kerpen-Horrem (near Cologne).
In October, 1985, their son Jean Pietrek was born.
In June of 1988, she was widowed, and has been caring for her son on her own since then.
In March of 1990, she sings at Stuttgart Variety Theater with the German orchestra of Jurgen Treitz.
In May of 1990, the editor of Radio Free Berlin orders from the Editing Room for International Exchange of Radio Sofia recordings of Ivanka Ivanova, who has by that point 44 folklore songs there already.
15 of her recordings for Radio Sofia have been sent to radio stations in Germany – Free Berlin, Westdeutsche Rundfunk Köln, Radio Bremen, Studio Bern, Switzerland, Stuttgart Radio.
08.10.1990 – Presentation of WDR in Cologne – the broadcast From Bosporus to Gibraltar – editor Ian Raishov, with presenter Wolf Oschlies, included the recordings of Ivanka Ivanova from Radio Sofia
10, 11 in January, 1991, recordings at Hesische Rundfunk, Frankfurt, of 24 songs with orchestra Stara Zagora – editor Cornelia Rost
03.04.1991 Presentation and Interview on the broadcast “Maritse sestritse” of “Musica Mundi” of Hesische Rundfunk Frankfurt, with presenter Mrs. Cornelia Rost
04.08.1991 recordings in Basel – Switzerland for the film “I was on Mars” with musical producer Nichlaus Raiser. Later, a new compact disc was issued with the original soundtrack of the Dani Levy.
22.01.1992 Presentation with portrait of the singer in the broadcast “Folklore music without boundaries” of DRS Studio Bern in Switzerland, with presenter the editor Doris Spörri.
Since 1991 has been working with the Stara Zagora Orchestra
17, 18 August, 1992 recordings in the church in the town of Honrat for Westdeutsche Rundfunk (WDR) with the Stara Zagora Orcestra – editor Mr. Ian Raishov
September, 1991, the famous Australian film director Christina Andreef and the film producer Helen Bowden from Sidney used songs of the singer for the synchronization of the short movie “Excursion to the Bridge of Friendship”. The film was completed on 23rd of January, 1993, and in May, it was already awarded many prizes from film festivals around the world: Boston, Sidney, Melbourne, Jerusalem, New York, Chicago, and others
09.09, 1993 Concert in Frankfurt at the culture home “Bread Factory”
11.09, 1993 Concert at Sowieso Café at Weiden near Koblenz.
07.09, 1993 interview at the south-western radio Meinz (Sued West Funk Meinz) with the singer, with interviewer Mr. Tom Schroeder because of the concert of the group on 09.09, 1993.
Between 29.01, 1993 and 27.02, 1993, the group is on a performance tour in Germany
On 30.01, 1883 at Oberoterbach, “Music Schadel,” part of the concert was recorded for SWF Sud West Funk Meinz, at the request of Tom Schroeder.
31.01, 1993, at Taunus Club at Taunusstein – the concert was recorded specifically for Hesische Rundfunk Frankfurt/HR Frankfurt/ at the request of the editor Cornelia Rost. The singer also gave an interview.
02.06, 1993 Ivanka Ivanova leads seminars on singing of Bulgarian Folklore songs in Munich, organized by Margaret Mahkorn - Mugil. After the seminars, she had a meeting with the editor of the Bavarian Radio – Mrs. Zoeler-Hikkey for the purposes of the forthcoming broadcast about the singer at their radio on 27.02, 1993, where she gave an interview.
25.02, 1993 Concert at the City Garden at Cologne/Stadt Garten Koeln/
27.02, 1993 Concert of Ivanka Ivanova and the Stara Zagora Orchestra at WDR Cologne (Westdeutsche Rundfunk) at the great hall of the WDR at WDR Nachtmusik (Westdeutche Rundfunk’s broadcast “Night Music”) at 10 p.m., organized by the director Ian Raishov
07.02, 1993 she was in concert of the band in Atendorn Rivius Gimnasium.
27.02, 1993 – “Morgender” – presentation of Ivanka Ivanova at the Bavarian Radio
Meanwhile and between concerts – recordings of new songs and music in the studio of Michael Zap “Samt Rekords” at Cologne for a new compact disc for Accoustic Music Records Osnabrück – Producer Peter Finger – for the compact disc Kalina Malina
13.03, 1993 Ivanka Ivanova leads seminars on singing Bulgarian Folklore songs at the town of Ahlen for the Dortmund Cultural Home “Shoe Fabric”.
23 .12, 1993 Christmas Concert – Ivanka Ivanova is a guest of the Ensemble for Folklore Songs in the town of Pazardzhik.
02.08, 1994 – Ivanka Ivanova guests at the concert of the Macedonian Folklore Group in Pazardzhik on the occasion of the Ilinden resurrection at the cinema “Young Guard”
Summer of 1994 – Ivanka Ivanova is in the TV show “Folk Chance” of the Sofia TV in the town of Sliven.
22. 11, 1994 publishing of the compact disc Kalina Malina by the Acoustic Music Records Ostenbrueck – Germany with producer Peter Finger, order number: 319.1045.242. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.acoustic-musik.de
January, 1995 – Five songs from the new tape of the company Bofirov from Plovdiv are recorded by her.
Summer of 1995 – recorded 30 songs with the Great Orchestra in Plovdiv of DAT in the studio of Radio Veselina - Plovdiv.
May, 1995 – recording for new compact disc for Acoustic Music Records – Osnabrueck – Producer Peter Finger with Ivanka Ivanova (songs from Pazardzhik, Maria Radeva (Rhodopes songs) and Radoslava Mihaylova (Graov songs)
October of 1995, Ivanka Ivanova recorded eight songs for Hyper Music, Switzerland, www.hypermusic.ch at the request of Mr. Peter Wassermann
February of 1996, the German Orchestra Schäl Sick Brass Band from Cologne included as a band piece in its CD Majounn, Ivanka Ivanova’s song “Ovchar sviri na gerena” (Shepherd Plays at the Well), which is a song from the compact disc Kalina Malina of Acoustic Music Records Ostenbrueck, published on 22.11, 1994
03.09, 1996 there was an interview of Ivanka Ivanova at the Cologne Radio Deutsche Welle, where she was invited by the music editor Ralph Peters.
04.09, 1996 Ivanka Ivanova guest sings for Schäl Sick Brass Band at the City Garden of Cologne (Koelner Stads Garden)
15.09, 1996 Concert of Ivanka Ivanova Trio with accordion player and composer Michail Zapp, contrabass Martin Ingehuet, and Ivanka Ivanova for the chamber of manual labour Kobelnz.
For a while, Ivanka Ivanova works at the local radio Almatea in her birth town of Pazardzhik in Bulgaria and leads the folklore programme “Folklore Knitted Work”.
November of 1996 – published compact disc Dance Discovery 1 of Hyper Music – Switzerland, with a techno remix of the Ivanka Ivanova song “Ne boy se” (Don’t be afraid) by the producer Peter Wassermann – HD 96010-2, e-mail email@example.com
November of 1996, two songs for the new compact disc of Sonton Records Munich “Authentic Bulgaria”, requested by Mr. Gerhard Narholz were recorded
17.05, 1997, the compact disc Ivanka Ivanova and Friends was published by Acoustic Music Records – Osnabrueck, Germany, with producer Peter Finger – Order number -319.1096.242. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.acoustic-musik.de
July of 1997, the new CD Authentic Bulgaria was published - SAS 064, Sonoton, Munich. Mr. Gerhard Narholz. E-mail: email@example.com
Between 1998 and, Ivanka Ivanova works for the first time as guest singer of the band Schäl Sick Brass Band, and from the beginning of 1999 as main soloist of the band, until mid-2006.
June, July, 1998, recorded two songs of the singer with Schäl Sick Brass Band for their new compact disc”Tschopun” – “Malka Moma” (Young Maid) and “Neda”. She was a guest singer for the compact disc. The lead singer was Merriam Akondi, recorded 6 of her songs
1999 the compact disc: “Tschopun” of Schäl Sick Brass Band, Act Music, 9264 2, received the big award of the German Musical Critics for two songs of Ivanka Ivanova – “Malka Moma” and Neda” and one of the songs of Merriam Akondi, “Holle Pamcha”, which received the most points at the voting
1999 TV shoots for ORF 1 (Österreichische Radio und Fernsehen) the Austrian Television of the song Balkan Yodlrein – Text Ivanka Ivanova.
This song wasn’t Ivanka Ivanova’s singing style. This was a new thing.
2000 compact disc – Maza Meze – Maza Meze ACT 9277-2 - LC 07644 – five (5) songs of Ivanka Ivanova with Schäl Sick Brass Band – the song Maza Meze – the first Balkan Rap in Germany, and one Romani song “Mo poshtari”, which were also songs not in Ivanka Ivanova’s style, but already new, different styles for the singer
2002 – Published Schäl Sick Brass Band compact disc Kesh Mesh – five of the songs were Ivanka Ivanova’s. The song Ruska Vodka, Bud I Koelsch (Russian Vodka, Bud, and Koelsch) is with Bulgarian lyrics by Ivanka Ivanova and it turned into one of the band’s hits.
In June of 2002, three Bulgarian guest singers were at Cologne and sang with Ivanka Ivanova as a quartet with Schäl Sick Brass Band. Ivanova founded the quartet “Kalina Malina together with the soloists Tatyana Toncheva, Radoslava Mihaylova, and Dilyana Kordeva. The quartet Kalina Malina, together with the band, were in many concerts and made records for the band’s new compact disc Kesh Mesh. The song Zalyubih (I fell in Love) was performed by them for the CD.
The Kalina Malina quartet had their solo concert at the church of Wupatar, invited by the manager Kordula.
The American guest singer Victoria Riccio also sings with Schäl Sick Brass Band. In her song Das Don’t Impress Me, Ivanka Ivanova sings the part of the synthesizer as a vocal – again, something new for the singer.
April of 2003 – Ivanka Ivanova and Schäl Sick Brass Band concert in Istanbul, in the world music club Babylon
May of 2003 - Schäl Sick Brass Band and Ivanka Ivanova tour in Algiers
March of 2004 – Interview of Ivanka Ivanova at Westdeutsche Rundfunk (WDR) Cologne, taken by the WDR correspondent – the Bulgarian Matilda Duda.
May of 2004 – TV broadcast of Cosmo TV WDR – Cologne with Ivanka Ivanova and Schäl Sick Brass Band.
11.01, 2005 Concert with Orhan Osman’s Band (Buzuki Orhan) in Istanbul
04.05, 2005 Concert with Orhan Osman’s Band (Buzuki Orhan) in Instanbul and interview at Achik radio – Istnbul, with presenter the famous accordion player Muamer Ketenoglu.
26.06, 2005 Edelweisspiraten festival in the Freedom Park – Ivanka Ivanova, the Master of Bulgarian shaking – sings together with the band Zugvogel
27 July, 2005 – Ivanka Ivanova sings for the Pope Benedict XVI at the Cologne Stadium
2005 Ivanka Ivanova, along with Schäl Sick Brass Band, sings at the shooting of the short film Amor Faty by Dennis Todorovich. The main song here was Ruska Vodka, Butt und Koelsch, the Bulgarian lyrics for which are by Ivanka Ivanova. The film received in 2006 the grand award at the 18th festival for short films in Dresden.
Summer of 2005, Ivanka Ivanova plays the part of singing lady at the hotel of the town if Meinz, invited by Mr. Tidi von Tiedemann from the Institute for Media Formation and Contrast Film - www.halbvier.de,firstname.lastname@example.org
During the time period between 1998 and mid-2006, Ivanka Ivanova, together with Schäl Sick Brass Band, was in numerous concerts and festivals in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Greece, France, Austria, Luxembourg, Czech, Slovakia, Algiers, Hungary, Turkey, and others.
August of 2007 – the Australian girl Madeleine Frances stayed with Ivanka in Pazardzhik to study Bulgarian folklore singing, after which she went to the seminar in Shiroka Laka.
15.02, 2008, Ivanka Ivanova sang at the opening of the art exhibition of the famous artist Georgi Hamalski at the hall of the Gallery Georgi Mashev in Pazardzhik.
April of 2008, Ivanka Ivanova sings for the parents of the first-grade pupils of the school Vasil Levski at the home of the National Army in Pazardzhik.
Ivanka Ivanova is a guest of honor at every celebration of the Vasil Levski school, since she is a graduate of the school.
September of 2008, Ivanka Ivanova sang at the opening of the art exhibition of the famous artist Konstantin Anastasov “Koko” at the hall of the gallery Georgi Mashev in Pazardzhik
March of 2009, three compact discs of the singer were published by the US company ACM Records – New Jersey
June of 2009, folklore festival at Rozhen – Ivanka Ivanova was distinguished with a platinum record.
June of 2009, Ivanka Ivanova recorded three songs in studio Nemesis in the town of Kavala, Greece, with the Hard Rock Metal band Spectral Realms. Bulgarian folklore vocal in hard rock metal music is something entirely different. The songs were Knife, Last Day, Gold Times of Jaron. www.myspace.com/spektralrealmsband
22.12, 2009, Ivanka Ivanova recorded a new video clip “Sedi moma” (A Maiden is Sitting) at the local TV station in the town of Pazardzhik TV 9 at the mehana (basement restaurant) Sharena Cherga in Pazardzhik.
Ivanka Ivanova helps young German musicians to play Bulgarian folklore. She connects with the Bulgarian folklore accordion player Paula Sell from Berlin and Uwe Kappel from Berlin, who lives in Yena.
Of 30.07.2010 works voluntarily as a program director at the Fondacion “center closed for rehabilitation and social integration of people from disadvantaged social-Hefest, Pazardjik, Bulgaria
06.08, 2010, Ivanka Ivanova sings at the folklore festival in Koprivshtitsa and is awarded the festival award.
16.08, 2010 – Charity concert for Ian Arnaudski at the Youth Home – Pazardzhik. The song Pohvali se Kalina Malina was performed
01.10, 2010 Ivanka Ivanova sings for disadvantaged people concert by the foundation Hephaestus in Pazardzhik in the Home of the Retired.
20.11, 2010 Ivanka Ivanova sings at the village of Malo Konare at the celebration of 100 years since the birth of the famous clarinet player Georgi Koev.
07.12, 2010 Ivanka Ivanova sings at a charity concert of NGOs in Pazardzhik.
June of 2011, the Hanoi MV Corporation JSC from Vietnam signed a contract with Ivanka Ivanova for 60 of her songs, which should be made into ringtones to be sold to members of the Corporation in Vietnam – Viettel, Vinaphone, and Mobifone, and those from Cambodia – CellCard and Metphone email@example.com
15.04.2011 Interview by Ivanka Ivanova when Folk Radio “Rosa” in your home town of Pazardjik
24.10, 2011 New video made by TV Tyankov for the song Razbolyala se Milkana (Milkana Fell Ill)
26.10, 2011 Guest of TV Eurocom – Sofia, for the broadcast Chanove i zvantsi of the presenter presenter Rosi Pandova
On 12.06.2012 online is your first e-book “Folklore dedication” to only in Bulgarian language. On 22 August is already the bay online in German, and already on 12.10.2012 the book online in four languages - Bulgarian, German, Russian and English at the www.epubli.de
and the advertising video
E book “Folklore dedication reklama”
On 06 Feb., 2013, her e-book “Ivanka Ivanova’s Songs” Part one was published in Bulgarian .
On 10 Feb., 2013, the book “Ivanka Ivanova’s Songs” Part one was published in English
On March 01. 2013 , in the exposition hall of the Georgi Mashev Gallery in Pazardzhik, an art exhibition opened featuring a new painting - a portrait of the folklore singer Ivanka Ivanova - Pietrek, made by the famous Bulgarian artist from Pazardzhik, Atanas Shikerov.
On 19th March 2013 the singer Ivanka Ivanova was a guest at the Bulgarian national Radio Sofia transmission "Night Horizont", Moderated by Niki Atanasov.
On 22.03.2013, her e-book “Ivanka Ivanova’s Songs – Part Two” was published in Bulgarian.
On 27.03.2013, her e-book “Ivanka Ivanova’s Songs – Part Thee” was published in Bulgarian
On 27.03.2013, her e-book “Ivanka Ivanova’s Songs – Part Four” was published in Bulgarian
On 26.04. 2013, the book “Ivanka Ivanova’s Songs” Part one was published in German
On 10.04.2014 , the book “Pearls of Bulgarian Folklore”“New Songs from the Pazardzhik Region”
Part twoo was published in Bulgarian”
On 15.04.2014 , the book “Pearls of Bulgarian Folklore”“New Songs from the Pazardzhik Region”
Part three was published in Bulgarian”
On 15.05.2014 , the book “Pearls of Bulgarian Folklore”“New Songs from the Pazardzhik Region”
Part four was published in Bulgarian”
On15.05.2014 , the book “Pearls of Bulgarian Folklore”“New Songs from the Pazardzhik Region”
Part one was published in English”
On 02.06.2014 , the book “Pearls of Bulgarian Folklore”“New Songs from the Pazardzhik Region”
Part one was published in German”
On 17.06.2014 , the book “Pearls of Bulgarian Folklore”“New Songs from the Pazardzhik Region”
Part three was published in German”
On 19.06.2014 , the book “Pearls of Bulgarian Folklore”“New Songs from the Pazardzhik Region”
Part thwoo was published in German”
On 19.06.014 , the book “Pearls of Bulgarian Folklore”“New Songs from the Pazardzhik Region”
Part four was published in German”
On 19.06.2014 , the book “Pearls of Bulgarian Folklore”“New Songs from the Pazardzhik Region”
Part five was published in Bulgarian”
On 01.07.2014 the book “Pearls of Bulgarian Folklore”“New Songs from the Pazardzhik Region”
Part three was published in English