Ilia Iosifov was born in Kotel during April 1912. As a child, he studied violin. His career began first as a lawyer after graduating from the
Department of Law in Bulgaria.
While at the State Academy of Music, he was first tenor with the Co-Operative Operetta Theater.
His debut was as Pinkerton with the Sofia National Opera in 1945.
International appearances took Iosifov to the Vienna State Opera,
Kirov Opera and stages in Roumania, Turkey, Yugoslavia, Poland and Czechoslovakia.
The Russian critics considered him to be a great Lensky.
After more than 600 stage appearances, he retired from singing in 1962 becoming a famous teacher in Sofia, the Leningrad Conservatory and
the Riga Opera House.
His favorite pastime was hunting in the mountains of Bulgaria. Ilia Iosifov died in Sofia on June 29th, 1993.