Shturtzite (spelled also: Shturtsite, Šturcite; _bg. Щурците) is a Bulgarian rock music group. They are one of the most successful bands in Bulgaria during the 70's and 80's and still have a lot of supporters.


The group was created in 1967 in Sofia by Kiril Marichkov, Petar Tsankov (both from Bandaratsite group), Petar Gyuzelev, and Veselin Kisyov (both from Slanchevi Bratya group). Their first performance was at a students party in VITIZ (The Bulgarian School for Performing Arts), and in 1967 they made their first records. At first Georgi Minchev took part in the group, too, and with him they made their first success: the song Byala Tishina ("Бяла тишина"; White Silence) audio|Georgi_Minchev_-_Biala_Tishina.ogg|listen of the composer Boris Karadimchev, winning the national award of Zlatnia Orfei ("Златния Орфей", the Golden Orpheus).

In 1968 the group issued their first EP record containing the songs Veselina ("Веселина", text: Radoy Ralin) audio|Shturcite_-_Veselina.ogg|listen, Zvan ("Звън"), Malkiat Svetal Prozorets ("Малкият светъл прозорец"; Little Bright WIndow) and Izprashtane ("Изпращане").

They have had more than 2600 concerts and are still a popular music band.


* Kiril Marichkov - bass, vocal, clavier, composer
* Petar Gyuzelev - guitar, vocal, composer
* Veselin Kisyov - guitar (until 1969)
* Petar Tsankov - percussion (until 1971)
* Konstantin Atanasov - guitar, vocal (1969 – 1971, 1973 - 1974, 1976)
* Atanas Atanasov - percussion (1973 – 1974)
* Georgi Markov - percussion (since 1974)
* Borislav Panov - clavier, vocal, violin (1974 – 1976)
* Vladimir Totev - clavier, vocal (since 1976)


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