Georgy Valtchev

Violinist, Artistic Director

Georgy Valtchev, violin

Born in the ancient city of Plovdiv in Southern Bulgaria, Georgy Valtchev began his violin studies at age 6 and received his basic music education from the State Music Schools in Plovdiv and Sofia. He achieved his first international success at age sixteen when he won the Grand Prize of the "Kocian" International Violin Competition in then Czechoslovakia. After a short study at the State Music Academy in Sofia, he was accepted as student of the renowned violin professor Ms. Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard School in New York where he was awarded full scholarships for the duration of his studies for the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. He has been honored with a number of awards, among them the First Prize of the Ducrest International Competition and the Special Prize of the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition.

Georgy Valtchev has performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages. In the United States he has appeared as soloist and chamber musician at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, New York's Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the 92nd Street Y, BAM, and the Chicago's Cultural Institute. His artistic projects in Europe include performances in venues, such as Wigmore Hall and the Barbican Centre in London, La Cité de la Musique in Paris, Amsterdam’s Royal Carré Theatre, Teatro Arcimboldi in Milan, and Bulgaria Hall in Sofia. He has toured Asia, Australia and Israel with performances in Beijing Cultural Arts Center, Guangzhou Opera House, Sydney Opera House, Tel Aviv Opera House, Taipei Cultural Center Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. A dedicated collaborative musician, Mr. Valtchev enjoys frequent performances with distinguished international artists and ensembles in the United States and Europe. As principal member of the Mark Morris Dance Group musicians, he frequently travels around the world. He has also taken part in dynamic performances with Mihail Barishnikov and the Silk Road Ensemble, Yo-Yo Ma's arts collective, dedicated to the advancement of global understanding through the arts.

As guest concertmaster, Mr. Valtchev has been honored to lead, several major symphony orchestras, most notably the London Philharmonic and the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Madrid under the batons of world renowned maestros Kurt Masur, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and Osmo Vanska.

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