Rumen Cvetkov

viola

Rumen Cvetkov, viola

Since his solo debut at the age of 8, Rumen Cvetkov has performed in nearly 40 countries on 4 continents which won him positive critical claim. Equally popular as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, he has performed in important venues worldwide such as Berliner Filharmoniker Hall, Carnegie Hall (New York), Wigmore Hall (London), Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles), Pallacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), Mozarteum (Salzburg), Chicago Symphony Center, and Bulgaria Hall to name a few. His festival appearances include Kuhmo, Ravinia, Red Sea Festival (Israel), Athens, St. Moritz, Mimir, Bruman, I Palpiti, Ascoli Piceno (Italy), as well as “Music in the Old City” and ” European Culture Month”.

A passionate chamber musician, Rumen Cvetkov has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians ever such as Ida Haendel, Bernard Greenhouse, Mihail Muntian, Sir Harold Martina, Jose Feghali, Christian Tetzlaff, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Michael Flaksman, Jose Gallardo, and members of Borromeo, Kronos, Aviv, Jerusalem and Verdi Quartets Since 2017, Rumen Cvetkov is the founder and Artistic Director of MurciArt Music Festival (Spain) with Honorary President Maestro Placido Domingo. He is founding member of Orchestra Mediterranean Soloists.

After serving as a Principal viola in Royal Opera House in Valencia he is regularly invited as a guest solo violist in orchestras like Tonhalle Zurich, Brandemburg Symphony, Mannheim Philharmonic, Bach Collegium, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Basque National Orchestra under great conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Myun Wun Chung, Kent Nagano, Paavo Jarvi, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Semyon Bychkov, Enrique Batiz, Rossen Milanov, Alan Gilbert, and Robert Trevino to name a few.

Passionate teacher he is Visiting Professor of viola at Tilburg Conservatory (Fontys), Holland and New Bulgarian University-Sofia, Bulgaria and since 2020 also in “Musical Arts” conservatory in Madrid, Spain. He leeds masterclasses worldwide annually. His debut solo CD “Brahms Alliance” with pianist Ludmil Angelov was released in 2019 on GEGA New label, new one is due in 2022 with complete Russian program.

He performs on rare violas made by Simon Schodler 1785, named “The Time”, Italian Viola by Giusseppe Ghiacchetti di Roma, and most recently viola by "Russian Stradivari" Timofey Podgorny named “The Poet”.

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