On October 30, 1977, following Petko
Staynov’s death, the Executive Committee of the Municipal Council of
the town of Kazanluk adopted a resolution for the restoration of the nationalized
house where the composer was born and for the arrangement of a museum exhibition
in it. Although the house was restored in 1982 and composer’s sons donated
to the Iskra Museum of History the entire personal archive and library
of Petko Staynov, the lack of coordination among the “competent” central
authorities prevented this resolution from being implemented.
After 1994, when the ownership of the family was returned
to the composer’s heirs, they approached the Municipality of Kazanluk
and the Ministry of Culture to explore the possibility of jointly realizing
the idea of establishing the Petko Staynov’s Home and turning
it into a center of cultural activities. However, by 1997 it became definitely
clear that this proposal would not interest the continuously changing powers
This is when Petko Staynov’s heirs and associates, led
by the conviction that the work of Petko Staynov, this classic of Bulgarian
music, his remarkable physical and moral courage, as well as his deeds in benefit
of his people, must become and remain widely accessible to the present and
future generations, decided to establish a private foundation bearing his name.
The fact that some of the founders were foreign citizens explains the long
period of time needed to register the Foundation, which was completed on December
The founders of Petko Gruev Staynov Foundation were
the composer’s sons Grigoriy and Stefan, his sister Penka Shishmanova,
his nephew Doncho Staynov, his late brother’s wife Violina Yankova, his
close collaborators and associates Prof. Agapiya Balareva and the conductor
Petya Pavlovich, and Alexander Dyankov, attorney-at-law.
The Foundation’s seat is in Sofia, 23, Ivan Vazov Street.
This was Petko Staynov’s home in Sofia, where the Contemporary Music Society
of Bulgarian Composers was founded on January 24, 1933.