Dr. Vanguel Tangarov is an Associate Professor of Clarinet at Texas State University and a founder and Artistic Director of the annual international event Texas State Clarinet Fiesta in the United States. He performs as Principal Clarinetist for the Austin Opera, Mid-Texas Symphony, and Victoria Symphony orchestras of Texas.
Tangarov has previously served as Principal Clarinetist of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria, 1993-1998), the Accademia Chigiana Symphony Orchestra of Siena (Italy, 1994- 1998), the Jeunesses Musicales World Symphony Orchestra in Berlin (1993-1994), and the Monterrey Symphony Orchestra (OSUANL, Mexico, 1998-2005). He has appeared as a soloist with the Györ Symphony (Hungary), the Mid-Texas Symphony (USA), the Plovdiv, Rousse, Varna and Sofia philharmonics of Bulgaria, the Constanța Philharmonic of Romania, and the Monterrey Symphony (OSUANL) and Monterrey Chamber Orchestra of Mexico, presenting music by Mozart, Weber, Copland, Jean Françaix, Cimarosa, Giampieri, Bernstein and Pipkov.
Vanguel Tangarov has performed in more than twenty countries on four continents, receiving enthusiastic critical acclaim. Popular as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, he has appeared at important music venues worldwide, including the Berliner Filharmoniker Hall, the Gewandhaus (Leipzig), the Schauspielhaus (Berlin), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Oslo Konserthaus (Norway), Cadogan Hall (London), Symphony Hall Birmingham (UK), the Boston Symphony Hall (USA), the Bulgaria Hall (Sofia), and the Zaragoza Hall (Zaragoza, Spain), among others.
Born in Plovdiv, Tangarov studied clarinet with Dimitar Boyanov at the Dobrin Petkov National Music School for gifted students in his native city. He continued his education at the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music in Sofia, where he received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in clarinet performance under the direction of the renowned pedagogue and concert artist Petko Radev, former Principal Clarinetist of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
Tangarov received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin under the direction of Richard MacDowell. He has also received instruction from musicians such as Aurelian Octav Popa of Romania and Gerald Pahinger, Principal Clarinetist of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
Vanguel Tangarov is a Buffet Crampon & Vandoren Performing Artist and performs exclusively with Buffet Crampon clarinets and Vandoren products.