Yuli Damyanov was born in Pernik, Bulgaria, on 26 July 1959. He graduated in orchestral conducting from the National Academy of Music in Sofia, where he studied with Prof. Konstantin Iliev. He has worked for 24 years as conductor and principal conductor at the National Music Theatre in Sofia, conducting dozens of productions of operas (Lortzing’s Zar und Zimmermann, Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors), operettas (Stolz’s Zwei Herzen im Dreivierteltakt, Lehár’s Das Land des Lächelns, Offenbach’s La belle Hélène, Johan Strauss Jr’s Wiener Blut, Kálmán’s Die Herzogin von Chicago and Die Csárdásfürstin, Abraham’s Viktoria und ihr Husar), musicals (Cabaret, La Cage aux Folles, Sugar, and others), numerous Bulgarian musicals for children and adults, and a series of concerts, many of which were also performed abroad. He has been guest conductor of all major orchestras and music theaters (opera houses) in Bulgaria, and has toured Europe, Russia and Japan. His repertoire includes also Der Zigeunerbaron, Die Fledermaus, Gräfin Mariza, Die lustige Witwe, Rita, La scala di seta, La cambiale di matrimonio and My Fair Lady, among many others.
Yuli Damyanov is also a composer. His works include Missa Catholica Bulgarica, a musical based on Carlo Goldoni’s Le baruffe chiozzotte/The Chioggia Scuffles, a children’s opera-fairytale, and many symphonic and vocal works. He has won prizes at the 7/8 and Boris Christoff competitions, and is twice winner of the Crystal Lyre.
Yuli Damyanov has been teaching for years at the National Academy of Music in Sofia. He is also director of the Ivan Topalov Choir – Pernik, which has won a number of prizes at international choral Olympiads, competitions and festivals.