Known for his proficiency with instruments, including the clarinet, bagpipe, recorder, drum, and tin whistle.
He began playing the recorder at age seven and the clarinet at age fifteen.
He performed recorder and clarinet solos with the Macedonian folk ensemble Tanec at New York's Carnegie Hall in 1956.
He was born into a musical family: his grandfather and great-grandfather both played the recorder, and his father played the bagpipes.
He worked in the early 1950s for the Police Wind Orchestra, an ensemble that played Georges Bizet's opera "Carmen," among other classical works.