Seminar Teachers

Goran Alachki

Goran Alachki
Goran Alachki

Director of the Seminar
Accordion teacher

Goran Alachki has been playing accordion since he was 8. He began performing and recording music as a teenager, and has performed and toured widely since then. His playing has won numerous prizes. His music academy trains students in the rich musical traditions of Macedonia. Goran has taught and performed all over the world, and students from as far away as North America and Australia come to Skopje to study with him.

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.

Ferus Mustafov

Ferus MustafovFerus Mustafov

Saxophone teacher

He was born in Shtip, Yugoslavia, into a Roma family of musicians and is the son of Ilmi Jasharov who is credited with introducing the saxophone into the folk music of the area. His professional career began at the age of seventeen whilst studying violin and clarinet at his local junior music academy. During this time he was invited to go on tour with a band led by Toma Chrchev, the tour's success led him to abandon his academic learning to become a working musician.

Following a year of military service, during which he established his reputation playing at evening dances, he moved to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he took a leading role in the explosion in popularity of folk music taking place there at the time. Later, he became a director of musical programming in the Roma language for Radio Television in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, and gained an international audience through his album releases on world music record labels such as Globe Style and Tropical.

Zenil Redzepov

Zenil Redzepov

Advance dance teacher

Zenil is a famous dancer and choreographer in the Eastern part of Macedonia, in the region of Piyanec and Maleshevo.
Zenil started to learn village dancing when he was very young.
Today he is the dance director of several dance ensembles in Delchevo, Berovo, and Pehchevo, all in the Maleshevo region.
Since 2003, Zenil has been supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia. His choreographies have won prizes in major European competitions:
2006 – 1st prize in an international dance competition in Switzerland with dances from the Maleshevo region.
2007 – 1st prize in an international dance competition in Poland with the same dances from Eastern Macedonia.

Snezana Balkanska

Snezana BalkanskaSnezana Balkanska

Advanced dance teacher.

Started her path with the dance and the music since 1977 in the Ensemble Karpos. She participates there for only one year, and goes on in KUD Orce Nikolov, where she will become more introduced to the traditional Macedonian folk dance and song. Very soon afterwards , she is evidently more talented than the others and starts performing the solo parts. Bearing in her heart an enormous love towards the dance and the song she leaves university in 1985 and goes at the audition for the State Ensemble Tanec, where she goes through all the three auditions and becomes employed there as a dancer-singer. After a very short period she is chosen to play most of the solo parts in the choreographies. Beside the solo career during the years, she also shows a great talent for dancing, especially for her technical performance of the steps, furthermore presenting them successfully on stage and on trainings, which brings her at the position of an assistant of the folk group.
In 1999 she meets Martin Inhs, a famous instructor for Macedonian and Albanian folklore from Holland, and from then on their cooperation begins and she becomes an instructor for Macedonian dances on seminars in Macedonia and Holland. She would study a lot from Martin in terms of the methodology of presenting the dances, and also for many other dances and steps, because Martin has been studying the Macedonian folklore for many years, and this collaboration continues up until today.
She has been also working in DKC Karpos as an instructor for 4 years tutoring children, where she says she enjoys while working this, because working with children is what makes her happy, satisfied and fullfilled with positive energy. For almost 6 years she leads KUD Grigor Prlicev, especially the seniors. She also cooperates with many ensembles on the correction of steps of certain dances and setting new choreographies.
During her working career, she has made the scene production of NEMOTO ORO (the numb dance) KLC, which was discovered by her in the books of the sisters Jankovik, and with the help of Velika Stojkova and the Labans' alphabet she completes it. The KLC itself becomes part of Tanec's repertoire. She also produces the scene production of the dance CHUVALENKI (a female custom dance from the western part of Macedonia, more precisely from the Macedonian muslims).
Her love towards the dance and the song make her go in many villages and cities throughout (in search and discoveries of new dances and songs in order to make new choreographies for new dances).
From 2013 she is starting to cooperate with MACEDONIAN PEARL FOLK SEMINAR with Winter & Summer Edition.

Zdravko Jakimoski

Zdravko Jakimoski

Dance teacher
Zdravko Jakimoski Banar was born in Ohrid in 1955. He is a famous Macedonian folklorist, soloist and choreographer. He begins his folklore activities in 1974 in of one of the most prominent Macedonian ensembles "Koco Racin"-Skopje, being its member for more than fifteen years. When returning to his hometown, Ohrid, he is the founder of many folklore ensembles, such as "Oro" and "Niko Nestor" in Struga, "Makedonka" and "Ohrid 2010" in Ohrid and "Debarski Biser" in Debar. He occasionally works as a choreographer in other ensembles like "Gerdan"-Ohrid , "Ilinden"-Orovnik, Ohrid and "Naumce Mechkaroski"-Struga.
As a confirmation of his successful work he has won numerous awards on festivals and competitions. Some of them at national level are given by the folklore ensemble "Koco Racin"-Skopje ,for his long membership and continuous and successful work, also from the ensembles like "Oro"," Ohrid", "Debarski Biser" and others.
He has also been awarded on a lot of international festivals ,and has been given a lot of recognitions from prominent European ensembles like "Nova Ruda", "Ciechanow", "Promuky" from Poland, "Toncius" and " Zilvinas" from Lithvania, "Mugurelul"-Romania, "Litarinka"-Lithuania, "Zabava" and "Veselad" from Ukraine, "Sv.Kiril I Metodij"-Kranj,Slovenia," "The Eagles"-Tirana, Albania. Moreover, his work has been appreciated and awarded by ensembles like "Balkan" "Horo", "Mezdra" and "Najtingejl"-Bulgaria,"Semberija", "Seljo"-Bosnia and Herzegovina"," Harman folk"-Turkey,"Budo Tomovic" and "Crvena Stijena"-Monetenegro,"Orac-Demerje"-Croatia,"KUD Karadzic","Sveti Sava" "Bor"-Serbia and many others.
Zdravko has travelled a lot with his ensembles and has participated in many festivals around the world. Some of the most notable tours in his carrier are in Romania(1975), Poland(NovaRuda (1989), Zivjec, Krakow), (Klatowi, Szech (1976); Gothenburg, Malmo, Stockholm-Sweden(1978); Copenhagen-Denmark(1978); Paris, France(1980); Venice, Naples-Italy ; Messina-Sicily(1980); Miluz, Strasbourg(1982); Munich, Nuremberg, Hamburg-Germany(1981); Baghdad, Irac (1985)and Bushir, Tehran, Kuwait, Iran(1977); Vienna, Austria(2006); (Mezdra, Bulgaria(2008); (Istanbul(2009),Denizli, Turkey(2007); Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro.
In the last ten years,Zdravko has been an organizer and director of international folk festivals "Zdravko Banar',"Atanas Kolaroski" "Lake Postcard" and "Ss.Clement and Naum of Ohrid" which are held in both towns,Ohrid and Struga,Macedonia.
He is currently working as a choreographer of four folklore ensembles,"Ohrid-2010"-Ohrid,"Mislesevo" and "Niko Nestor"-Struga and "Debarski Biser-Debar,and as a vocal soloist in the ethno group "Ezgija".

Vidanka Georgievska

Vidanka Georgievska

Singing teacher
Vidanka Georgievska (singing) is one of the premier traditional singers in Macedonia today. She has been performing since the age of eighteen, and has toured numerous times in America, Australia, and Europe.

Risto Krapovski

Risto Krapovski
Clarinet and Saxophone teacher
Risto Krapovski (clarinet, saxophone, keyboard accompaniment for singing) comes from an old family of musicians. He played with Goran Alacki in the ensemble Dynasty for 15 years. He is one of the best clarinet and saxophone players in Macedonia today, playing with pure Macedonian style and ornamentation. He composes and performs prize-winning songs, and is currently co-principal cellist (with his son Paskal) of the Macedonian Symphony Orchestra.