Nikolay Mihaylov


Nikolay Mihaylov is a teacher of classical guitar, chamber music and musical ensembles in
National school of Arts „Panayot Pipkov” – Pleven. For the period 2017-2019 his students
won 14 first, 6 second and 13 third prizes in prestigious national and international
competitions in Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Macedonia and Romania. Since 2018 he is a Deputy
director for the educational and creative activity.
Every year Nikolay Mihaylov participates in international festivals and competitions as a
member of the jury, lecturer in masterclasses.
In 2018 he was awarded with one of the most prestigious awards of the Bulgarian ministry of
Culture: a Golden century seal – the golden stamp of King Simeon the Great and a certificate
for contribution to the development and promotion of the Bulgarian culture and national
identity. In the same year Nikolay Mihaylov was nominated in the “Young Leaders of Pleven”
– art category, an initiative organized by the Municipality of Pleven, and subsequently won in
his category.
For the period 2013-2017 Nikolay Mihaylov was awarded several times for exceptional
merits in the art field and a merit in the classical guitar development from Pleven
Municipality, Rotary Club Pleven and international forums in Omis-Croatia; Sinaia-Romania,
Kyustendil-Bulgaria and others.
Nikolay Mihaylov is a graduate of the National Academy of Music “Pancho Vladigerov” and
in 2014 he graduated from his master’s degree in the guitar class of Assoc. Prof. Rossen
Balkanski. Over the years his teachers were Assoc. Prof. Alexander Pumpalov and Lyubomir
During his studies, he created various formations and ensembles with which he won several
awards. His film and sound design activities, reflected in several short films, brought him
international participations and awards.
Nikolay Mihaylov is nowadays the founder and artistic director of the Pleven International
Guitar Festival, which will be held for the sixth time in late November 2020.