Philip Koutev

The composer Philip Koutev (1903-1982) was one of the most influential folk musicians of 20th Century Bulgaria.

As founder and leader of the Bulgarian women's choir Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares, he brought the distinctive sound of Bulgarian female choirs to the world stage in the 1980s, when they enjoyed huge popularity. Also founder in 1951 of the Philip Koutev Ensemble, which exists to this day, his compositions have been heard live onstage and on countless recordings, including the legendary and much licensed Polegnala E Tudora, for over 50 years. Carthage Music administers the publishing rights for Philip Koutev's compositions worldwide. Recent syncs include French AXA commercial in 2012.