About me

Goran Alachki
Goran Alachki was born in Pozarevac in 1965. His family was from eastern Macedonia: his father was from the village of Vladimirovo, near the town of Berovo, and his mother was from Radovish. Goran's mother was a teacher, and his father was in the military. They were both musically talented, though they never performed professionally. His father played accordion, trumpet, kaval, mandolin, and tambura, and his mother sang. Goran's grandfather was a great singer and accordion player.
Goran started to play accordion at the age of 8. His first teacher was Nikola Vlahov. Two years later he started to work with Gjorgji Dimcevski, one of the masters of Macedonian folk music. Goran made his first recording at age 12, as part of the Octet Macedonia project headed by Dimcevski. Goran was also a member of the children's ensemble Karposh, where he was the leading orchestra soloist. He also studied with the great accordionist Kocho Petrovski, who created a new style of ornamentation in folk music. All of his teachers knew that Goran would become an important figure in Macedonian folk music.

He began to play concerts when he was very young. At 12, he performed for the first time outside of Macedonia, in Bradford, in East Yorkshire. He traveled all of Europe with Karposh, playing in Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Italy, and elsewhere.

He was invited to play with the major ensemble Gotce Delchev, and toured Scotland, Austria and Italy with them. With the ensemble Kocho Racin, he toured Belgium, Holland, and Canada.

In 1980, he started to play with his first professional band, Dinaustija, along with Vangel Shurbevski (drums and vocals), Blagoj Morotov (bass and vocals), and Risto Krapovski (clarinet and saxophone). Goran now began to develop a new style of playing: clear, powerful, and understandable.

After high school, he entered the Skopje Music Academy where he studied with Mile Nikolovski, a great Macedonian composer and expert in harmony. Goran studied music theory, because at that time the academy did not offer the option to study accordion.

In 1986 he won first prize in the national competition, gaining the title of best accordion player in Macedonia.

He worked as a member of the National Folk Orchestra of the Macedonian National Radio and Television for two years. During this time he made his first solo recordings, Goranovo Oro and Anchino Oro, accompanied by the state folk orchestra.

Dragi Mitev, clarinet player and composer, invited Goran to play at the first Macedonian Festival of Newly Composed Songs in Valandovo, where Mitev was head of the festival orchestra. Goran remained a member of this orchestra from 1986 to 1991, a golden age for newly composed songs in Macedonia. With the Dragi Mitev orchestra, Goran toured Macedonian communities throughout Europe and the world, including Australia, Canada, and the United States.
At this time, he started to compose Macedonian folk songs. In 1989, his composition "Dojdi Leno na perniche belo" won first prize at the Valandovo festival. His compositions won first prizes at Valandovo again in 1991 (for "Deneska svadba se pravi") and 2000 (for "Spomen Valandovski").
In 1989, Goran moved to Australia to teach in the Panov Music Academy in Sutherland, near Sydney. That year, in cooperation with Vince Panov and Nick Ristevski, he created the first Macedonian song festival outside the borders of Macedonia. The winner of that festival represented the Australian Macedonian community at the Valandovo festival.

Between 1992 and 1997, Goran ran the Maestro recording studio, together with singer and accordion player Zoran Markovski. He recorded almost all of the Macedonian festivals that took place during this period. At this time, he also began to work with guitarist Vlatko Stefanovski, of the Macedonian rock band Leb i Sol. Goran and Vlatko played many concerts together, and also performed with the Kino Kultura big band.

Goran Alachki is the composer of more than 300 songs, dances and arrangements. Since 1999, he has been the director of the Goran Alachki School of Music. Since 2003, his activities have been supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia. He travels the world teaching seminars and workshops in Macedonian traditional music, and holds classes online with students from all around the world. He is founder and director of the Macedonian Pearl Folk Seminar.