Guests

Zoran Dukic

Croatia – concert, masterclass

Zoran Dukic is one of the most distinguished classical guitarists of our time. His concert performances, both as a soloist or with an orchestra, leave long-lasting impressions on both audiences and critics. He graduated from the Music Academy of Zagreb with Darko Petrinjak and completed his studies with Hubert Käppel at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. In his “tour de force” competition years (1990-1997) Zoran Dukic has won an astonishing number of competitions. He is the only guitarist to have won both “Andrés Segovia” competitions, in Granada and in Palma de Mallorca. He enjoys a special affinity for Spanish and South American musical idiom, the core repertoire of classical guitar. Currently, his carefully balanced programs present a range of music from Bach to Britten, from Sor to Albéniz, from Tárrega to Villa-Lobos and Brouwer. In the greatest Spanish guitar competition in Madrid, patronized by the Royal Family, he was awarded, in addition to the first prize, the special prize for the best interpretation of Spanish music (first time awarded to a non-Spaniard).

Judicael Perroy

France – concert, masterclass

Judicaël Perroy has become widely known as an extraordinary virtuoso classical guitarist and musician with several prizes to his credit. In 1997 he captured the prestigious first prize of the 15th Guitar Foundation of America International Competition and Convention awarding him tour of the United States and Canada with more than sixty concerts and master classes. In between his North American tour that year, he gave several concerts in France where his performances were broadcast live on France-Musique followed by extensive recital tours throughout the world. He currently resides in Paris while he enjoys teaching at the Pôle Sup’ 93, Lille’s apPSEA(Association de préfiguration du Pôle supérieur d’enseignements artistiques) Nord-Pas-de-Calais and the Ecole Nationale de Musique d’Aulnay-sous-Bois a position he has held since 2004 while traveling and concertizing around the world.

George Vassilev

Bulgaria/Switzerland – masterclass, jury

Considered as guitarist with unique artistry, musical approach and mastery on his instrument, George Vassilev was born in Bulgaria in 1966. He started his guitar studies with Lijuben Haralambiev in Varna. As a soloist, G. Vassilev has been invited to collaborate with concerts managers such as The Springboard Concert Trust, LACCS and IMG Artists in U.K., “Georg Horthagel’s Konzertdirektion” in Germany and has performed with orchestras, such as the National Symphony Orchestra of Italy, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the St. Petersburg Hermitage Chamber Orchestra, the Sofia State Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Danish Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and others.

Atanas Ourkouzounov

Bulgaria/France – masterclass, jury

Atanas Ourkouzounov is one of most interesting personalities in the Bulgarian contemporary music. Guitar player and composer with a rich musical background, he is considered one of the main authors in the domain of the new generation’s music for guitar. Ourkouzounov has written over 80 works for guitar – solos, duos, trios, quartets, instrumental ensembles, and two concerti – a number of which have won important prizes, and a majority of which have been published by leading publishers (Doberman-Yppan , Henry Lemoine).

Alexander Hadji-Georgevic

Serbia – masterclass, jury

Alexander Hadži-Đorđević was born in Belgrade, Serbia. He made his debut in 1980. at the age of 16, performing Joaquín Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” with Zagreb Symphonists and Uroš Lajovic at the Lisinski Concert Hall. In 1984, he won the first place at International Guitar Competition in Kutná Hora, Czech Republic. He studied guitar at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with prof. Štěpán Rak and prof.Martin Mysliveček and graduated with distinction in 1987. Aleksandar Hadži-Đorđević ‘s prolific and versatile career has been flowing equally successful in two directions – as a guitar pedagogue and as a concert performer. Many of his pupils have won highest prizes at guitar competitions and some of them are now accomplished artists and professors of guitar at universities of Europe and USA. He has been rewarded for his pedagogical work by The Association of Music and Ballet Schools of Serbia, and also by Assembly of the City of Belgrade. His performances were praised by the critics for his “beautiful, colorful tone, musicality and intuition that is seldom heard”. Aleksandar Hadži-Đorđević received his PhD degree at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in June 2015.

He is Assistant professor of Guitar at University of Arts in Belgrade, Faculty of Music.

Tzvetan Nedyalkov

Bulgaria – workshop, jury

Tzvetan Nedyalkov who plays with the successful Ku-Ku Band is one of the musicians that is responsible for their unique sound and appearance. They have released 19 albums and performed at more than 500 concerts on their 13 national tours.
Tzvetan Nedyalkov has played with many international groups such as: Manhattan Transfer, Mezzoforte, Incognito, Zuchero and Planet X.
At the moment he is teaching jazz and pop guitar at the National Music Academy: Pancho Vladigerov in Sofia.

Slavcho Nikolov

Bulgaria – workshop, jury

Liviu Georgescu

Romania – masterclass, jury

The most important guitar teacher in Romania. He introduced guitar as a classical instrument taught in the musical institutions of education and created in 1995 the Romanian Guitar Foundation where he is the president. Being considered the best Romanian guitarist and the best guitar teacher in the years of ’80es is the Director of the International Guitar Festivals in Sinaia and Bucharest. His students are now well known all over the world as some of the important guitarists of the young generation of musicians, wining over 300 national and international prizes.

Stela Dinkova

Bulgaria – masterclass, jury

Born into a family of musicians, Stela Miteva-Dinkova began studying the guitar with her father, Blagoi Mitev. In 1984, she was accepted in the Music High School, Dobri Hristov, located in Varna (Bulgaria), to study guitar with Lyuben Haralambiev. In 1996, she graduated at the Academy of Music and Dance Art in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She refine her performing skills in the master classes of Abel Carlevaro, Martin Renert, Nikita Koshkin, George Vassilev etc. A talented performer herself, she has won first prize at international music festivals in Dobrich, Albena (2002) and in Plovdiv (1994), where she was awarded for her classical guitar interpretation. At the national level, she twice won first prize at Chirpan’s national Young Musician Competition (1985 & 1987) etc.

Rossen Balkanski

Bulgaria – masterclass, jury

Rossen Balkanski was born in 1968. In 1995 he was admitted at the State Academy of Music in Sofia in the guitar class of Emil Saev. He worked as a teacher of guitar at a music school and as a teacher of classical guitar at the State Academy of Music. He had an intensive concert activity, giving solo concerts and concerts together with famous Bulgarian performers such as Professor Yossif Radionov or Professor Angel Stankov. He wrote lots of works for guitar, some of which were performed in concert and at competitions in Bulgaria and all over Europe. He composed chamber music for ensembles with guitar and others, as well as arrangements of classical works for the guitar orchestra Orpheus, conducted by Stefan Dimitrov, of which he had been soloist from the very beginning.

Stolina Dobreva

Bulgaria – jury

Stolina Dobreva (Phd) was born in 1970 in Bourgas, Bulgaria. She finished the National School of Music “Lyubomir Pipkov” in Sofia, Bulgaria and graduated guitar and pedagogy in the “Staatliche Hochschule für Musik”, Freiburg, Germany in the class of Professor Sonja Prunnbauer with excellent success. Stolina had won second and third prizes at the National Guitar Competition in Chirpan in 1985 and 1987, third prize at the International Guitar Competition in Hof, Germany, and third prize at the First National Competition “Apolonia” – Sozopol, Bulgaria. She participated in master classes of Alvaro Pieri, Robert Brightmore, Carlo Domeniconi, Alexander Frauchi etc.

Milena Valcheva

Bulgaria – masterclass, jury

Milena Maneva-Valcheva was born in the city of Dobrich where she completed her secondary education and where she commenced her artistic and teaching career. In the year 1991 she graduated from the Academy of Music and Dance Arts – Plovdiv, with a Music Pedagogy major. In 2010 she earned a Doctor of Arts degree from the New Bulgarian University – Sofia. Since the autumn of 1991 and currently she has been working as a guitar teacher in the Dobrin Petkov National School of Music and Dance – Plovdiv. Since 1988 she has actively performed in a duo with her husband Valentin Valchev, giving concerts in Bulgaria, Denmark, England, Germany, Greece, Romania, Slovakia, France, Belgium, Turkey, Cyprus, Switzerland.

Sevdalin Stefanov

Bulgaria – jury

Ekaterina Ikonomova

Bulgaria – jury

Ekaterina Vasseva-Ikonomova was born and lives in Sofia. She got involved with the classical guitar at the age of 11. For several years she played with the Orpheus Guitar Orchestra under the guidance of Stefan Vladimirov. In 2001, she was a finalist at the 8. International Classical Guitar Festival and Competition in Plovdiv. She pursued her development as a guitarist in Bulgaria and abroad in master classes with Eric Franceries, Prof. Aldo Lagrutta, Prof. Bernard Hebb, Scott Tenant, William Kanengiser, David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, and others. In 2007, she co-founded, together with Milena Valcheva, Valentin Valchev and Emanuel Ikonomov, the BalkaNota music publishing house.

Bozhana Pavlova

Bulgaria/Austria – masterclass, jury, guitar presentation

Bozhana Pavlova was born in Pleven, Bulgaria. From 2003 to 2008 she studied guitar at the National Music School “Ljubomir Pipkov” in Sofia with Prof. Stolina Dobreva. Bozhana is a laureate of a number of guitar competitions in Italy, Croatia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, Montenegro and Germany – 1st Prize at Pleven Guitar Festival 2015, 2nd Prize (1st not awarded) at Sarajevo International Guitar Festival, 2nd Prize at Niksic Guitar Festival 2014, 1st Prize at the international competition “Giovani Musicisti – Città di Treviso” 2013 in Italy for classical guitar and 3rd Prize in the category for contemporary music, 2nd Prize at Omis Guitar Fest 2013, 3rd Prize at International Guitar Competition, Tirana 2013 and 3rd Prize at International Guitar Competition in Niksic 2013

Michael Butten

United Kingdom – concert, masterclasss, jury

Born in Berkshire, Michael Butten studied at Junior Academy, where he twice won the Lower Strings Prize, before being awarded a scholarship at the Academy to continue his studies with Michael Lewin. On completing his BMus degree with first class honours, he received from the Academy one of the Regency Awards for Notable Achievement and in June 2014, as a postgraduate with a scholarship from Help Musicians UK, he became the first guitarist ever to win the R.A.M. Club Prize.Upon leaving the Academy in 2016 he also won the David Russell Prize. Recent successes include 1st prize at Pleven Guitar Festival 2018, 3rd prize at Wien Guitar Forum 2018, and 1st at Leicester Musicfest.

Alexander Yizhanin

Russia – concert

Alexander Yuzhanin is one of the most gifted and brilliant young Russian classical guitarists of his generation. He is a multi-award winner of more than 20 national and international competitions, including 12 first prizes and 2 Grand Prix. Alexander was born in 2005 in Moscow. He started learning classical guitar at the age of 7. He is a student of the First School of Arts in Moscow. Alexander takes classical guitar lessons with famous Professor and guitarist Dimitri Illarionov. He has also participated in numerous masterclasses with some of the world’s most esteemed guitarists: Andrea de Vitis, Nicola Montella, Atanas Ourkouzounov, Kostas Tosidis, Gabriel Bianco, Fotis Koutsothodoros, Pierre Lelievre, Costas Cotsiolis, Susana Prieto, Alexis Muzurakis, Thomas Offermann, Artyom Dervoed.

Boyan Doychev

Bulgaria – jury

First musical steps at mid school “Marin Drinov” in Stanimir’s Dikov guitar class (Varna).
Graduated in national, music school “Dobri Hristov” 1998-2007 in guitar classes of Liuben Haralambiev, Sevdalin Stefanov and Neli Nedeva.
2007-2013 graduated bachelor in National Musical Academy “Pancho Vladigerov” (Sofia) in Rossen Balkanski’s guitar class. Boyan is a laureate of a number of guitar competitions. Played with orchestra:
J.Rodrigo – Aranjuez
Rossen Balkanski – Fantasia Concertante ( Concert for 3 guitars and orchestra)

Victoria Tsvetkova

Bulgaria – jury

Victoria Tsvetkova was born in Silistra. She began studying classical guitar in her hometown at the age of 9 as Veselin Kolev’s student and later continued her education in Rositsa Dimitrova’s class. She obtained her higher education at the Lausanne Music Academy in Sion, Switzerland in the class of Georgi Vasilev. She is laureate of the following prizes: Second Prize at The International Classical Guitar Competition, Velingrad (2009); Third Prize (Second Prize was not given out) at The International Classical Guitar Festival, Gotse Delchev (2009); First Prize at The International Classical Guitar Competition, Kyustendil (2008); Special Prize at The International Classical Guitar Competition, Plovdiv (2008) as well as many others. Victoria began her teaching activity in 2012 in Sion, Monte and Montreux (Switzerland). In 2015 she started teaching in her hometown Silistra.

Konstantin Kuchev

Bulgaria – workshop, jury

Konstantin Kuchev is a singer, instrumentalist and composer in music and theatre projects Balkan Khans, Music Laboratory of Yordan Kamdzhalov, Windoo, the improvised musical of theatre HaHaHa. He is a creator of singing course “Discover your voice” and other music workshop activities for children and adults. He is a tutor at Pleven Guitar Academy for the third time this year.