Christo Tanev is a graduate of the National School of Music and the National Music Academy in Sofia. Among his teachers there were Konstantin Popov, Svetoslav Manolov and Dimitar Kozev. In 1992 he received his Master’s degree from The Juilliard School in New York, where he studied cello with Zara Nelsova and chamber music with Samuel Rhodes from the Juilliard String Quartet, as well as with Seymour Lipkin, Felix Galimir, Lillian Fuchs and Jonathan Feldman.
Christo Tanev has been a guest soloist of the most of the major orchestras and leading festivals in Bulgaria. He has recordings for the National Television, National Radio and other Bulgarian recording companies. Since 1994 he is the principal cellist of the National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Sofia and since 2017 – solo cellist of the National Opera in Sofia, as well. He is the cellist of the Dimov Quartet from 2005, currently Goleminov Quartet and is on the faculty of the National Music Academy in Sofia, as well.