The Founders


Kalin, a native of Bulgaria, serves as international director of Varna International. He holds two Master’s of Music Degrees in Choral Conducting from the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria, and the University of South Carolina. He also has a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from the University of South Carolina.



Sharon Tchonev

Sharon, a native of Israel, serves as operations director of Varna International. She is a graduate of the University of South Africa where she obtained a Master’s in Law.


Kalin and Sharon launched Songs of Life, first, as a tribute to the Bulgarian people, which rescued the entire Jewish population from the Nazis. Sharon’s maternal grandparents were among the survivors.

Inspired by the heroic acts of the Bulgarian people who risked their lives for their fellow citizens, Kalin and Sharon founded Songs of Life, secondly, to champion the principles of tolerance in the midst of diversity and bravery in the face of prejudice.


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