Dr. Vanguel Tangarov performs as Principal Clarinet for the Austin Lyric Opera, Mid-Texas Symphony, and Victoria Symphony orchestras. Dr. Tangarov teaches as an Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Texas State University and he is an active teacher and clinician in Leander and Round Rock Independent School Districts. He is also Artistic Director of the Musicartissimo International Master Class Series USA. Vanguel Tangarov previously served as Principal Clarinet at Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Bulgaria; Academia Chigiana Symphony Orchestra, Siena, Italy; Jeunesses Musicales World Symphony Orchestra, Berlin, Germany; and Monterrey Symphony Orchestra in Mexico. He has appeared as a soloist with the Mid-Texas Symphony in USA; Plovdiv Philharmonic, Rousse Philharmonic, Varna Philharmonic, and Sofia Philharmonic orchestras in Bulgaria, Constanta Philharmonic in Rumania and Monterrey Symphony (OS UANL) and Monterrey Chamber Orchestra in Mexico performing music by Mozart, Weber, Copland, Jean Francaix, Cimarosa, Giampieri, Bernstein and Pipkov.Dr. Tangarov has performed in more than 20 countries on 3 continents, which won him positive critical acclaim. Equally popular as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician he has performed in important venues worldwide such as Berliner Filharmoniker Hall (Berlin), Gewandhaus (Leipzig), Schauspielhaus (Berlin), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Oslo Konserthaus (Norway), Cadogan Hall (London), Symphony Hall Birmingham (UK), Bulgaria Hall (Sofia), Zaragoza Hall (Spain) to name a few. Dr. Tangarov began to study clarinet with Dimitar Boyanov at the “Dobrin Petkov” Music High School for gifted students in his native Bulgaria. He continued his education at the National Academy of Music “Pancho Vladiguerov” in Sofia, Bulgaria where he received the Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music under the direction of renowned pedagogue and concert artist, former principal clarinet of Teatro Alla Scala di Milan, Italy, Petko Radev.Vanguel 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 Aurelian Octav Popa, Rumania and Gerald Pahinger, Principal Clarinet of Vienna Symphony. Dr. Tangarov recently performed at the 2014 International Clarinet Fest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana premiering music by Bulgarian composers. He can be heard as principal clarinetist on a recent Naxos Label recording titled “Circus Maximus” by John Corigliano with the University of Texas at Austin Wind Ensemble; Harmonia Mundi Label recording Samuel Barber: An American Romantic, Conspirare Craig Hella Jonson & The Company of Voices, as well as the soundtrack for the movie “Knight of Cups” directed by Terrence Malik in addition to being on more than ten other recordings. Vanguel Tangarov has been recognized and awarded numerous prizes in both national and international clarinet competitions including: Prague Spring International Competition 1996, 6th place overall; United Nations International Clarinet Competition, Lisbon, Portugal 1994, 4th place overall; First International Clarinet Competition, Constanta, Rumania 1993, 2nd Prize; “The Music and the Earth” International Chamber Music Competition, Sofia, Bulgaria 1993, 3rd Prize; Bulgarian National Clarinet Competition for French Music, Plovdiv, Bulgaria 1997, 1st Prize; Brahms Academy Competition for Chamber Music, Sofia, Bulgaria 1993, 2nd Prize; Bulgarian National Radio-Mozart Chamber Music Competition 1991, Clarinet Quintet 1st Prize, and Bulgarian National Clarinet Competition, Provadia, Bulgaria 1990, 1st Prize.