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Emile Naoumoff

  • Composer
  • Pianist


Emile Naoumoff press reviews

The opera, "The Miracle and the Child," is composed by a child thirteen or fourteen years of age, who is himself a miracle and a child. My wish for him is that he will live up to all of his own, as well our, expectations, because at this age his future is entirely before him. Hopefully, he will be, like Verdi, still composing operas at the age of eighty-eight.

(During the premiere in Paris of Emile Naoumoff's comic opera The Miracle and the Child.)

Igor Markevitch, June 4, 1976


"Emile Naoumoff shows extraordinary gifts and exceptional maturity."

Leonard Bernstein, 1977


"Naoumoff has the poetry of Rubinstein and the fire of Horowitz. In fact, critics have called him "the new Horowitz." But there already has been a Horowitz and there was only one. Now there is a Naoumoff. And there is only one. At twenty-seven, this brilliant young artist, health and fate permitting, has at least a half-century of music-making before him and that makes the future seem a little less uncertain."

Charles Staff, Indianapolis News
February 2, 1990



The high point of the evening was Naoumoff's elegant and poignant performance of four Nocturnes by Chopin, readings combining heroism, poetry, spontaneity and eloquently sculptured soundscapes. Such perfectly proportioned readings are rare in any generation; in Naoumoff's, they seem miraculous.

Daniel Cariaga, April 1, 1987
Los Angeles Times


"Remember this name: Emile Naoumoff. He is a pianist, he is Bulgarian, and he is a composer. In my forty years as reviewer for Le Figaro, I have rarely seen such a phenomenon. By giving a polyphonic individuality to each finger and each timbre, he makes us think of Richter. His voice, as a composer, astounds his listeners with the power of truth. Sharp or silky, his harmonies barely brush atonality, but they never jar the ear; they always seduce and surprise. Ah! If "modern" music could always be of this nature-lively, unexpected and charming, and having such a striking personality!"

Bernard Gavoty, Le Figaro, Feb. 11, 1980
From "A Star is Born"


I place Emile Naoumoff-composer, pianist, and conductor, among the true musicians of the twentieth century. He dares to rise above the artificiality of experimentation for its own sake. Furthermore, he refuses to succumb to the facile use of spectacular effects which have no lasting significance. His music is timeless.

J.L. Legaza, Diario Ya, April 3, 1983
"Emile Naoumoff, Sincerety and Authentic Voice"