Georgi Dimitrov-Jojo

Born in Sofia in 2000, the Bulgarian classical guitarist Georgi Dimitrov – Jojo is in his first year of his Masters of Arts at the Royal Academy of Music London, receiving the prestigious Bicentenary Scholarship. He completed his undergraduate degree with Paolo Pegoraro, graduating with honour from the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG), Austria. As a devotee of historically informed performance, he has also taken classes in Baroque guitar and Viola da gamba at KUG.

Besides achieving more than 20 First awards at international competitions, like “Anna Amalia”, Weimar, “Andres Segovia”, Monheim am Rhein, “GuitArt”, Plovdiv, becoming a Eurostrings Artist 2018/2019, First Prize and the EMCY Special Prize at the International Competition “Young Virtuosos” Sofia, Pleven guitar festival, Georgi has recently won the First prize at the European Bach Guitar Award, Darmstadt 2022. This achievement enabled him to undertake further concert tours in Europe, including performance at the renowned Bachfest Leipzig, as well as at the guitar festivals in Nürtingen, Darmstadt, and Castell’Arquato, and at the Concert halls in Blaibach, and Magdeburg. In addition, he recorded a selection of J. S. Bach’s music with NAXOS Records in Toronto. 

In 2021 Georgi became the First and the Special prize winner of the 5th International Guitar Competition Maurizio Biasini in Bologna, having the chance to play at Stadtcasino Basel and Rocca di Dozza Bologna. 

Georgi was awarded the Diploma di Merito by the Accademia Musicale Chigiana under the tutelage of the world-renowned maestro Oscar Ghiglia. His EP recording for dotGuitar, funded by the Italian Guitar Campus, was released in May 2023 and includes the first recording of Corren los Soles, composed by the Argentinian composer Alex Nante, as well as works by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Maurice Ohana.

In 2022, Georgi debuted on the stage of the National Music Auditorium in Madrid with the iconic Aranjuez concerto, by Joaquín Rodrigo. He has also performed at many famous concert halls including Bulgaria Hall in Sofia, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Minoritensaal Graz, Sobornaya palata in Moscow, among others. 

An audience favourite since he was a young student at the National Music School in Sofia, Georgi was accredited as a talented young musician by eminent organizations and cultural institutions in Bulgaria becoming a scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria, as well as of several Art Foundations supporting young talents. He was the first young musician honoured with the Olga Kamburova Award, supporting talented young artists, held by the Bulgarian National Radio broadcast Allegro Vivace. This achievement enabled him to make his first studio recordings at the BNR studio.