Macedonian composer of mostly orchestral, chamber, choral, and vocal works that have been performed in Asia, USA, Australia and Europe.

Prof. Mančev studied at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje and there earned his BMus in pedagogy in 1973, BMus in music theory and pedagogy in 1975, then studied composition there with Vlastimir Nikolovski and earned his BMus in 1979. He later studied composition with Jiří Dvořáček at the Akademie múzických umění v Praze – Academy of Performing Arts in Prague from 1980–81, on a fellowship,and from 1982-1988 studied composition – umelecka aspirantura with Jiří Dvořáček and Josef Ceremuga. Later he studied orchestration with Dimitar Sagaev at the Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music in Sofia from 1995–99, where he earned his Dr sci.

Among his honours are Third Prize twice in the competition for choral music TEHO in Tetovo (1978, for Harvester, Op. 10; 1990, for War, Op. 8) and the Panče Pešev Prize for the best Macedonian composition three times from the Macedonian Composers Association in Skopje (1989, for Symphony No2, 'Paganophony', Op. 23; 1995, for Old Song, Op. 27; 2002, for Exodus, Op. 30). Life achievement award from the Society of music pedagogues/teachers of R Macedonia (2014) and Trajko Prokopiev for life achievement from the Composers Association of R Macedonia (2015).

He has taught composition, instrumentation and orchestration, music instruments, technique of XX century composition, music analysis at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University since 1990, where he has been Professor of Composition since 2000, on undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies.

"Prof. Dr. Tome Mančev is a representative of the Macedonian national composer school, artist with extremely significant opus (numerous performed, recorded and printed works in the country and abroad). Mančev's compositional and orchestral technique, deep inspiration from the folk music tradition, neat diversity achieved through highly original harmonic language and polyphonic technique, are all attributes derived from his in-depth knowledge of all compositional and orchestral styles (from Baroque to contemporary music). His musical speech pervades the dramatic and emotional content of his works in a way that creates a deeply expressive tonus as a cardiogram, which reflects "Macedonia's breath and soul". This expression is achieved through original use of musical instruments, music forms, harmony, polyphony and orchestration - with an aim of creating emotional counterpoint and professional mastery. Tome Mančev has contributed significantly to the field of music and theory as author of several important books and papers on musicology and orchestration, printed in single editions, or in other publications. Some of these publications are compulsory literature for music students in Macedonia. His exceptional knowledge and experience in all areas of music culture are passed to his many undergraduate, master and doctoral students at the faculty of music in Skopje where, for almost four decades he has been teaching composition, orchestration, orchestral styles, musical instruments, 21st century compositional techniques, analysis of music works and methodology of scientific research. Tome Mančev is a prominent social activist in Macedonia's music culture and an active member at the most important music institutions in the country." - Marko Kolovski - musicologist



Sonata (choreography by Ljupčo Georgievski), 6 male dancers, oboe, piano, Op. 17, 1981


Sinfonietta, large orchestra (64 players), Op. 11, 1978

Symphonic Poem, large orchestra (76 players), Op. 16, 1981

Concerto, violin, large orchestra (78 players), Op. 22, 1985

Symphony No3, 20 strings, Op. 25, 1988

Old Song (concerto scenes), large orchestra (88 players), Op. 27, 1994

Song and Dance, 20 strings, Op. 29, 2000

Exodus, large orchestra (85 players), Op. 30, 2001

Solemn heroic dance, military band, Op. 37, 2007/13


Contrasts (cycle), viola, piano, Op. 5, 1975

Two Parts, cello, piano, Op. 7, 1976

Three Sketches, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, Op. 12, 1978

Sonata, viola, piano, Op. 15, 1980

Dance, piano, percussion, Op. 19, 1981

Sonata, violin, piano, Op. 26, 1989

DD..., flute, Op. 31, 2002

Cadence and Coda, flute, clarinet, bassoon, Op. 32, 2002–03

Monologue and Dialogue, bassoon, Op. 33, 2002–03

Screams, oboe, bassoon, violin, cello, piano, percussion, Op. 36, 2009/10


Land of Stone (text by Ante Popovski), mixed chorus, Op. 2, 1974

Three Elaborations (texts from traditional sources from Macedonia), mezzo-soprano, female chorus, Op. 3, 1974

War (text by Jovan Koteski), male speaker, mixed chorus, Op. 8, 1976

Harvester (text by Jovan Koteski), mixed chorus, Op. 10, 1977

Slavjanophony (oratorio, texts by Ilija Džadžev, Slavko Janevski), baritone, male speaker, mixed chorus, large orchestra (134 players), Op. 13, 1979

Symphony No1 (vocalise), mixed chorus, oboe, Op. 14, 1979

March of the Bicyclists (text by Ilija Džadžev), children's chorus, 1981

The Year 1014 (text by Ilija Karajanov), mixed chorus, Op. 20, 1981

The Fatherland (cantata, texts by Vasil Ikonomov, Georgi Stalev Popovski, Marija Kukubajska), baritone, male speaker, mixed chorus, large orchestra (127 players), Op. 24, 1987


Sanitarium Ballad (song-cycle, text by Mateja Matevski), mezzo-soprano, piano, Op. 4, 1974–75

Flowers of Freedom (song-cycle, text by Ilija Karajanov), mezzo-soprano, piano, Op. 21, 1984

Symphony No2, 'Paganophony' (vocalise), baritone, large orchestra (80 players), Op. 23, 1986–87

Intrada and Capriccio (vocalise), soprano, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, Op. 28, 1998–99

Symphony No4, 'Requiem' (text by the composer), soprano, male speaker, large orchestra (94 players), Op. 34, 2001–04


Miniatures, Op. 1, 1973

Suite, Op. 6, 1975–76

Sonata, Op. 9, 1977


Why do I have my hands to touch my mother's face? (song for children, text by Ljupčo Trajkovski), child's voice, orchestra of folk instruments from Macedonia, 1985 



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