Teachers 2013

prof. Georgi Spasov – flute

For 30 years Georgi Spassov is the principal flute of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and Professor at the Bulgarian National Academy in Sofia. Many significant talents with international career are among his student. He has been the first and only Bulgarian ever invited to take part in First and Second Symposia of the flutists from all over the world, where his creative and pedagogic achievements were highly appreciated. He is an honored jury of the most prestigious National flute competitions as well as of many International ones.
He has assisted famous Professor Andras Adorjan during the master classes at the Varna Summer Music Festival and the March Music Days Music Festival in 1990 and 1992 and every year he has lead numerous master classes in Bulgaria, Cuba, Japan, Sought Korea and others.

prof. petko Radev – clarinet

At the present he works as professor for clarinet at the Academy of Music and Dancing Arts in Plovdiv and the National Academy in Sofia.
Between 1961 – 1974, he is the first solo-clarinet of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra., and between 1974 – 1985 he is the first solo- clarinet in the orchestra of first solo-clarinet in the orchestra of the Bulgarian National Milan Scala.
Professor Petko Radev is an outstanding personality, unique performer and a teacher of generations of musicians.

Prof. Vladislav Grigorov – French Horn

Since 1984 he has been a lecturer and since 1989 professor at the National Music Academy in Sofia. From 1969 until the present moment he is first French Horn of the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra.
He is member of Colegium of Chamber Music,of Windquintet of the National Radio, and later of the Academic Windquintet.

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Vesko Eschkenazy – violinist

“Vesko Eschkenazy is a brilliant violinist” – remarks the De Telegraaf in November 2000, one of the largest dailies in the Kingdom of Netherlands, after his interpretation of the Violin Concerto #1 by Szymanovski with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Eschkenazy has been its concertmaster since the beginning of the 1999/2000 season.Born in Bulgaria in 1970 into a family of musicians, still a child, Vesko appeared as an orchestra leader. At 11 years old he became concertmaster of the youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Prof. Vladi Simeonov. He is a graduate of the L. Pipkov National Music School in Sofia and of the P. Vladiguerov State Music Academy where he studied violin with Angelina Atanazzova and Prof. Petar Hristoskov.In 1990, Vesko Eschkenazy left Bulgaria for London and completed a two year Masters Degree for solo performers with Prof. Ifra Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music, and received a Solo Recital Diploma – 1992. He is a laureate of the International Violin Competitions “Wieniawski” , Beijing and Carl Flesch in London. He performs extensively in Europe, USA, South America, India, China and takes part in the festivals Midem in Cannes, Montpellier and Atlantic – France, the Music Festivals in Nantes and Rheims, the New Year Music Festival in Sofia, Varna Summer and Apolonia.Vesko Eschkenazy has performed as soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Mexico City Symphony, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Bach Chamber Orchestra – Berlin to name a few. He has taken part in concerts alongside Montserrat Caballe, Placido Domingo, Alexis Weissenberg, Yuri Bashmet, and Mstislav Rostropovich and has played under the direction of Mariss Jansons, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, Kurt Masur, Sir Colin Davis, Carlo-Maria Giulini, Seiji Ozawa, and Emil Tchakarov.Each concert season is extremely full of engagements for Vesko Eschkenazy; some of his most outstanding performances were that of the Violin Concerto by Mozart in A major under Mariss Jansons, and the Dvorak Violin Concerto under Sir Colin Davis and coming up in November 2008 performances of the Barber violin concerto conducted by Jaap van Zweden, all with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In April-May 2009 Eschkenazy performed extensively with his brother, the conductor Martin Panteleev, with whom he performed the Dvorak violin concerto with Orkest van het Oosten, Mozart a major concerto Nr.5 with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra and many other woks. The two brothers accomplished a tour to Sofia and Istanbul with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra in the same time.Vesko Eschkenazy records for the Dutch Pentatone Classics CD label, his recording with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra of violin concertos by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schubert received the highest appraisal of the critics. On this occasion the Luister Magazine, Holland remarks: “Vesko Eschkenazy writes history with his new super recording for the Pentatone Classics of the violin concertos by Mozart and Mendelssohn”. Michael Libovits (USA’s Classics Today), adds: “he tackles Mozart with brilliance; Schubert with a stable phrasing … his warm, well rounded tone competes with any other recording of a famous violinist …”In 1995 Vesko Eschkenazy joined the pianist Ludmil Angelov to perform sonata duos. They have given a large number of concerts in Europe, exceptionally successful and warmly accepted were those by the Spanish audiences (in the cities of Gijon, Toledo and Madrid). This was a project of the Vesko Eschkenazy – Ludmil Angelov Duo presenting, in four successive evening cycles, the complete Mozart sonatas for violin and piano. Their joint Russian Music CD has been released by the Gega New Music House. Their second album “The fascinating George Gershwin” has been released by Pentatone Classics. In October 2007 the musicians performed a recital in a sold-out “Bulgaria Hall” in Sofia, broadcast live by Bulgarian national television.The 2010/2011 season Vesko started with open air performance in the very centre of Sofia with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra gathering the largest audience for classical concert ever. In the same season he will be artist in residence in the Bulgaria Hall in Sofia with 4 recitals and performance of the Bruch violin concerto in g minor with the Sofia Philharmonic. The same work he will perform with the Royal Concertgebouw
Orchestra and Kurt Masur in the 2011/2012 season.Since the summer of 2000 Vesko Eschkenazy has been playing a Guarneri del Gesu violin from 1738, the property of an anonymous sponsor in The Netherlands.

prof. Anatoly Krastev – cello

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

Maria Prinz – piano

Maria Prinz has performed with leading orchestras throughout Europe, including several performances with the Vienna Philharmonic, collaborating with renowned conductors Riccardo Muti at the Salzburg Festival and Seiji Ozawa in Vienna,and with Neville Marriner in Bulgaria.
As a recitalist, she has appeared in the United States, throughout Europe and in Japan. Her chamber music collaborations include numerous performances with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, including the flautists Dieter Flury and Wolfgang Schulz, and clarinetists Alfred Prinz and Peter Schmidl, among others.
Concerts in Weill Hall/Carnegie Hall in New York and Purcell Room/Queen Elizabeth Hall in London with flautist Patrick Gallois are currently scheduled.
Her recordings include Haydn and Mozart piano concertos with the Sofia Symphony Orchestra, Brahms Sonatas for clarinet and piano with Alfred Prinz, Poulenc, Martin? and Brahms Clarinet Sonatas with Petko Radev, a disc of chamber music of Beethoven, Glinka and Alfred Prinz, and a recording of songs by Giacomo Puccini with soprano Krassimira Stoyanova. A Naxos recording of Mozart Sonatas, arranged by Patrick Gallois for flute and piano will be released in February 2013 and a Chandos disc with rarities by Krenek, D’Indy and Schulhoff with the Academy of St.Martin in the fields under Sir Neville Marriner will appear in September 2013.
Maria Prinz was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, into a musical family. Her father is the famous Bulgarian conductor and composer Konstantin Iliev.
She studied at the Music University “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin with Rudolf Dunckel, in Vienna with J?rg Demus and in Paris with Yvonne Lef?bure.
In addition to her performing career, she has taught at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna since 1987.

Stefka Evstatieva – opera singing

Ms. Stefka Evstatieva, is a Bulgarian born singer, a soprano of international acclaim. She is a graduate of the Bulgarian National Conservatory in Sofia, a student of Professor Kiselova. She is a winner of the Fifth International Competition “Р.I. Tchaikovsky”, jury’s Special price, “Grand Prix” of the Belgium Radio and Television Competition, “Grand Prix” of the Sixth International Competition for Yong Opera Singers, Sofia, Bulgaria and the “Giovanni Zanatello Award” for best performer of the year 1982 at Arena di Verona.
Stefka Evstatieva is a lyrico – dramatic soprano. The lyric and the dramatic nuances of her voice allow her to express easily and in a brilliant way the lyric and dramatic moods of the parts she sings. She has always tried to characterize truthfully the styles of the individual authors, which offered her the possibility to perform in masterpieces such as Don Carlos, Un Ballo in Maschera, Otello, Il Trovatore, La Forza del Destino Aida,  Tosca, La Boheme, Adriana Lequevreur, Andrea Chenier, Mafistofele, Eugeni Onegin, Don Giovanni,  Queen of Spades, Cavalleria Rusticana, and others.
Opera lovers from around the world had the privilege to listen to Ms. Evstatieva’s performances at Metropoliten Opera, La Scala, Covent Garden, Paris Grand Opera, Teatro Colon, Vienna State Opera, Arena di Verona, Toronto, Montreal, Dallas, Miami, San Francisco, Washington D.C. etc.
Recordings include: Sony – Price Igor (Borodin), Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky); Fidelio – Vera Sheloga and Snow Maiden (R. Korsakov); Naxos – Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascani); Laserlight Classics – Mefistoffele (Boito); Balkanton – Don Carlos (Verdi); Recital / Selected Arias (3 CD).
Since 1989 Ms. Evstatieva has been living in the United States of America. Her teaching experience includes private instruction, master classes and pedagogy as Vocal Instructor – Artist in Residence at Bethun – Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Florida. She has juried several International competitions and is a member of NATS and NOA.

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Yildiz Ibrahimova – pop and jazz singing

Yildiz Ibrahimova was born in Bulgaria, she received a classical education from the National Music School and the National Academy of Music in Sofia. She sang with equal success plays in different styles. She chose to sing jazz – “the music of free spirit” as she used to say. Her debut as a jazz singer was at the popular at the time metropolitan jazz club “the Opera” with the Mario Stanchev’s quartet. She was introduced to the audience by our renowned jazz-pianist, leader of the formation. The first major performance of Yildiz was as a soloist of the Bulgarian National Radio Big Band, conducted by Vili Kazasyan – concert aired on the Bulgarian National Television. Since the early 90s of the last century Yildiz has been living in Turkey, but the public and all specialists continue to accept her as one of the most popular and successful Bulgarian jazz performers.She participated in all important festivals as in our country, as well as in more than 40 countries in Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa, Australia. Her repertoire includes standards, plays by contemporary jazz-composers, Bulgarian, Turkish and Gypsy folk songs, and also Russian romances.
During the period between 1979 and 2003 Yildiz issued fifteen successful albums. After a break of several years, in 2006 she presented the project “30 years on stage” – a double CD that collects some of her best performances in two thematic sections “Classics & Jazz” and “Balkanatolia”. The singer’s latest album is called “Back To My Love” and has a deep personal dedication.
There are many awards that the singer has received over the years. In 1998 she won the Vocalist of the Year award of the Turkish magazine “Jazz”. In the same year she was awarded the “Balart” prize of the “Bulgarian spirituality” association – for outstanding contribution to the integration of the Balkan culture to the world one. She won the highest award of the Union of Musicians and Dancers in Bulgaria – “Crystal Lyre”. And at the Global Forum for ecology and social development in Yohannesburg – South Africa in 2002 she was a special ambassador of the United Nations. There she gave a concert where represented Bulgaria and Turkey. One of her recent accolades was the award for her outstanding contribution to the development of jazz and best jazz promotion in 2009 at the International Jazz Festival “Nishville.”

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Suzanna Klincharova – harp

….the public seemed mesmerized by the striking clarity and beauty of this performance, which transcends virtuosity, and by its pure musicality. Kraus ” New York Times ”
International soloist Suzanna Klincharova performs regularly in Europe, the USA, Asia and the Middle East.
As an invited guest of many famous orchestras: the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, the National Orchestra of Belgium, The Sofia Philharmonic, the San Francisco Chamber Symphony, the Alpes Provence Cote d’Azur Orchestra, the Antwerp Philharmony, the Sofia Radio and TV Orchestra, the National Orchestra of the Philippines, the Antwerp Chamber Orchestra, the Sofia Soloists, the Kansai Philharmonic-Osaka, the Bach-collegium, the Orchestra of Liege…she is appreciated for her talent and for her wide repertory of harp concertos.
The number of her recordings increases steadily and they are released all over the world. An important part of her repertory, as well as interviews and films, has been recoded and broadcasted on TV and radio stations.
Her annual recitals at Carnegie Hall, are an opportunity for Suzanna Klintcharova to introduce the new releases of her discography
Supporting the contemporary music creation she has premiered and recorded numerous important pieces for harp, some of which have been dedicated to her. Her interest in improvisation and contemporary jazz has been accomplished in a duo with Steve Lacy.
Her annual recitals at Carnegie Hall, are an opportunity for Suzanna Klintcharova to introduce the new releases of her discography .
Supporting the contemporary music creation she has premiered and recorded numerous important pieces for harp, some of which have been dedicated to her. Her interest in improvisation and contemporary jazz has been accomplished in a duo with Steve Lacy.
She is a member of CDMC in Paris.
Born in Sofia, Suzanna Klincharova is established in Paris and New York.
During her brilliant studies in Bulgaria National High Conservatory, Brussels Royal Conservatory with Susanna Mildonian and in Paris – specializing French music with Pierre Jamet, she became laureate of national and international harp contests.
Parallel to her concert career she got involved with harp teaching. Some of her students hold positions in prominent orchestras and schools of music around the world. She is teaching in Conservatoire de Neuilly in Paris.
Suzanna Klintcharova has an important contribution in the research and transcription of harp music.
Member of most prestigious harp contest’s jury, she gives regularly master classes in Europe and The USA.
A project of hers has been realized and performed for ten years with the educational section of the Mairie de Paris.
Suzanna Klincharova is the president of the ArtFusion cultural association in Paris.

Svetozar Benchev – painting

Svetozar Benchev is born in Burgas. In 1989 he gradauted Painting at the National Academy of Arts.
Awarded Dechko Uzunov Scholarship of the Union of Bulgarian Artists for postgraduate studies (1990).
Since 2003 – Associate Professor at the National Academy of Arts, Drawing Department.
In 2004 he conducted a Workshop with lectures at the Saint-Lukas Beedldende Kunstq,
Ghent on Drawing as a Peculiar 2 Attempt at Meditation.
Since 2007 – a head department of drawing at the National of Arts.
solo exhibitions:
2012-Burgas,Bulgaria,Nesi Gallery
2010-Sofia,Bulgaria,Altera Gallery
2009- Burgas,Bulgaria-Nesi Gallery
2008- Burgas, Bulgaria – City Gallery
2008- Sofia, Bulgaria – Ikar Gallery
2007- Sofia, Bulgaria – Ikar Gallery- with Tomiya Nishimura, Japan
2007- Tokyo, Japan – Niche Gallery
2005- Sofia, Bulgaria – Ikar Gallery – with Tomiya Nishimura, Japan
2004- Tokyo, Japan – Niche Gallery
2003- Tokyo, Japan – Exhibition at the Bulgarian Embassy
2002-Sofia, Bulgaria- Exhibition at the Cultural centre of Hungary
2000 – Burgas, Bulgaria – Burgas Gallery – with Greddy Assa
He is a Member of the Union of Bulgarian Artists.