Project Description

23 – 29 July, Sozopol

Course Fee – EUR 240

Prof. Anatoly Krastev – cello professor at the NMA Sofia

Atanas Krastev – cello professor at the NMA Sofia

Kalina Krasteva – teaches Cello and Chamber Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and Monash University

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ANATOLY KRASTEVVioloncello Professor
Anatoly Krastev graduated Tunisian Conservatory in the class of Guido Ervaet and the National Musical Academy (in the class of prof. Velko Karastoyanov). He makes a specialty in the class of Andre Havara and Janos Starker. Since 1972 he teaches at the National Music Academy “P. Vladigerov”, where he is a professor. He leads master classes in France, England, Belgium, The USA, Korea, Greece, Portugal, Brazil, Macedonia and many others. Together with Yanos Starker and M. Baquet, he is a respectful president of the Academy of young talents in Marcille, and he is also a member of jury in lots of international competitions.

He won a lot of prices in competitions festivals and contests. He has won the Crystal Lyre and the Golden prices given by the Association of Bulgarian Music and Dance Figures, and the price Golden Muse.


His students are solo artists, concertmasters and orchestra members on the most celebrated and famous scenes, in prestigious orchestras as well as pedagogues in musical colleges and universities.


Anatoly Krastev is a soloist in all Bulgarian and some of the European and American orchestras. Since 2000 Kristen, together with Yusuf Radionov and Mayer Frank founded the piano trio “Kinor”, and since 2002 cello ensemble “Cellissimo” with Kalina Krasteva and Atanas Krastev. He made a numerous premiers. He has completed and recorded over 25 gramophone records and CD-es in Bulgaria and foreign music companies.


At the present, Prof. Anatoly Krastev is vice chancellor of the National Academy.

Described by the legendary Janos Starker as “a cellist of the highest standard who will play an important part in musical life”, Kalina was born in Sofia, into a family of cellists and from a young age regularly performed as a soloist with all the Bulgarian Orchestras, winning numerous competitions and prizes amongst which The French Academy of Arts “Young Talent Award” and 1st Prize at the International Music and the Earth Competition.

Kalina Krusteva holds a PhD from Sofia National Academy of Music.
She studied with her father Anatoli Krastev and had masterclasses with Janos Starker, Mischa Maisky, Stephen Isserlis, Robert Cohen and Raphael Wallfisch, before completing a postgraduate and teaching degree at the Royal Academy of Music, London with David Strange after which she worked with many of the major UK and Irish Orchestras – the Royal Philharmonic, the Academy of St.Martin-in-the-Fields and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, was Principle cello of the London Schubert Players and the Russian Chamber Orchestra of London, and was Co-Principle Cello of Valery Gergiev’s “World Orchestra for Peace” at the Royal Albert Hall during the Proms Festival.


Her recordings for the “Gega New” label include Schuman and Elgar Cello concertos with the Bulgarian National Radio.
Chamber music activities have included concerts with Yuri Bashmet, Misha Maisky and Roger Chase and she now plays in a Australian String Trio. Kalina is a member of Trio “Cellissimo” and CellOZ Quartet. Kalina has toured as a soloist and chamber musician with great success in the United Kingdom, France, Portugal, Check Republic, Ireland, Greece, Spain, Australia , New Zealand etc.


She was for a five years Principle Cello of the Orquestra do Algarve in Portugal and since moving to Melbourne in 2009, regularly works as a Guest Principle with Orchestra Victoria, as a casual with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Kalina Krusteva teaches Cello and Chamber Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and Monash University.

ATANAS KRASTEVChief Assistant professor Ph.D. Violoncello
Chief Assistant professor Ph.D. ATANAS KRASTEV
In 2012 he took his Master Degree in Prof. Anatoli Krastev’s class – National Academy of Music, Sofia. From 2011 to 2014 Krastev was in Escuela de Música Rejna Sofia, Madrid, specializing with Prof. Natalia Shakhovskaia. He attended a cello master class with D. Geringas, Fr. Helmerson, A. Noras, N. Gutman, A. Meneses, L. Claret, Young-Chang Cho, T. Carroll, R. Cohen, D. Weis, M. Kliegel, R. Latzko, T. Demenga etc.
He teaches cello at the NMA “Pancho Vladigerov” and NMS “Lyubomir Pipkov.” Ph.D. from 2016, assistant professor from 2016 and Chief assistant professor from 2017.
From 2001 to 2015, Atanas Krastev won 16 First and Special Prizes at national and international competitions (Bulgaria, Austria, Czech Republic, Serbia, Spain), among which: Award for Chamber Music in Madrid (bestowed by Queen Sofia), the International Competition for cellists “Liezen” (Austria – 2014), International Competition “Jeunesses musicale”, Belgrade (Serbia – 2015). He was awarded the Diploma and Award of the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture, the Title of the Academy of Young Talents, the Golden Muse Award for the performance of Russian music, and the Crystal Lyre of the UBMD (2007 and 2012).
Atanas Krastev has given concerts in Austria, Brazil, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands,the
Czech Republic, Greece, Serbia, Slovakia, Russia, and at all important Bulgarian podiums and
festivals. Since 2002, he is a member of the ‘Cellissimo’ cello еnsemble with Anatoli Krastev and
Kalina Krusteva. Atanas Krastev has performed over 40 concerts as a soloist of Bulgarian and
foreign orchestras. His repertoire includes works from the Baroque to contemporary. He has
taken part in numerous concerts filmed live by the Bulgarian National TV, Nova TV, the Belgrade
National TV, TV Globo (Brazil), in music documentaries and studio recordings at the Bulgarian
National Radio, etc.; DVD by BsB, CD with the ‘Sofia Soloists’ Chamber Orchestra and Plamen Djouroff , CD with “Oscar Esplá de Asisa” piano trio etc.
He made edits on violoncello parties created by J. Krushev transcriptions of works by
Mendelssohn, Grieg and Rachmaninoff (ed. “Musica”).

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