Filip Kutev (Bulgarian: Филип Кутев), often anglicized Philip Koutev (13 June 1903 – 27 November 1982), was a Bulgarian composer, arranger and founder, with his wife Maria Kuteva, in 1951, of Bulgaria's first professional, state supported ensemble, the State Ensemble for Folk Song and Dance, also known as the Filip Kutev Ensemble.[1] With his ensemble he pioneered a style of arranging folk songs by fusing folk elements with western classical forms and harmonies, and established a new Bulgarian choral tradition.[2]

His choir was one of four who appeared on the album Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, Volume Two, which won a Grammy Award in 1989.[3][4]

He was born in Aytos, Burgas Province.


Kutev Peak in Antarctica is named after Filip Kutev.


  1. ^ "Filip Koutev, composer, conductor, public figure". Union of Bulgarian Composers. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  2. ^ Kirilov, Kalin S. (6 February 2010). "Revival of Bulgarian Folk Music During Socialism and the Post-Socialist Transition: Music and Cultural Identity". MUSICultures. 37: 112, 123. ISSN 1920-4221. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  3. ^ Buchanan, Donna A. (2006). Performing democracy : Bulgarian music and musicians in transition. Chicago, Ill. [u.a.]: Univ. of Chicago Press. p. 489. ISBN 9780226078267.
  4. ^ "Past Winners". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 28 July 2014.

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