Vicky Almazidu

img10Vicky Almazidu was born on April the 4th, 1956 in Bulgaria.

Graduated at the Bulgarian State Academy
“Pancho Vladigerov”, at the Pop – Jazz Faculty.

Graduated from the Veliko Turnovo Univercity “St. Cyrill and St.Methodius”
in Bulgaria at the Music Teacher Faculty.

Graduated from  the Plovdiv’s Academy of Music and Dance Arts in Bulgaria

with a Master Degree –Jazz Music Performing.

30 years teaching experience at the “SYNCHRONO ODEIO THESSOLONIKY
in Greece,  on Jazz and Pop Singing.  From 2006 until now Vicky Almazidu has
conducted  yearly Master Classes on Jazz and Pop Singing at the
New Bulgarian University.
Since 2002 she has been collaborating with Milcho Leviev, the two of them appearing in numerous concerts in Bulgaria and abroad. Their performances at the Dimitria Art Fest in Thessaloniki and their concert at “Bulgaria” Hall during Sofia Music Jam received considerable acclaim.

During the same year, Vicky Almazidu’s album “Dream” came out. The CD represents a unique compilation of the singer’s own arrangements of authentic Bulgarian and Greek folk melodies developed into modern jazz pieces and songs. Critics highlighted the album as one of the 2002 top music events.

In 2003, at the “Dimitria” Festival in Thessaloniki, Vicky Almazidu had a concert together with the greatest jazz drummer Billy Cobham, Milcho Leviev and Yiottis Kiourtsoglou.

Vicky Almazidu has four sessions recorded for the Jazz Time programme of the Bulgarian National Television together with Milcho Leviev, Georgios Kontrafouris, Angel Zaberski Jr., and Vesko Koichev. At the end of the same year BNT shot and broadcasted several times a film about her, called “Made to Dream”.

In 2004, as a result of her two-year collaboration with Milcho Leviev, the joint album “Quiet Love” came out. The CD features 11 songs and compositions by Milcho Leviev.
Vicky Almazidu has 4 released Albums. She has performed and recorded with  Milcho Leviev, Billy Cobham, Peter Erskine, Airto Moreira, Glenn Ferris, Chico Freemen, Craig Baily,

David Muray, Fransisco Mella,Anthony Donchev, Thedossii Spasov, G. Kontrafuris, Gregory Simadopulos,  A. Donchev, P.Salchev, Valery Kostov, M.Stefanidis, L.Tzimkas and many others.

Albums:

“Sun”- Verginia Records

“Quiet love”- Ethnic Art

“Song of the Clown”- New Bulgarien University

“Nina” – Perfect Records