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Vesselin Demirev, violin

Performing on Hector Guzman: Celebrating 35 Years




Vesselin Demirev has established himself as a violinist and artist of unique quality, known for his virtuosity, special sound, superb musicianship and the integrity of his playing.
Mr. Demirev was born in Varna, Bulgaria. He was introduced to the violin at age of 3. His successes started at age 9 when he was chosen to perform in the “Georgi Kirkov” hall in Sofia, Bulgaria, participating in the opening and closing concerts of the First International Youth Assembly “Peace’s Flag.”  At age 15 he won the 1st Prize and the Special Audience Award of the most prestigious National Competition “Svetoslav Obretenov,” Provadia, Bulgaria. In 1988 he graduated from the Special School of Music “Dobri Hristov,” Varna, Bulgaria, in the class of Mrs. Anna Kovatcheva. From 1990 – 1992 Vesselin Demirev was the First Concertmaster of the New Symphony Orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria.

In 1992 he fulfilled his Master’s Degree from the National Academy of Music “Pantcho Vladigerov”, Sofia, in the class of Prof. Dora Ivanova. The next year he was awarded a full scholarship for the Artist Certificate Program at Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA, in the studio of Dr. Eduard Schmieder. From 1996 to 2006 Mr. Demirev taught violin, chamber music, and orchestral repertory classes at SMU in Dallas. Since 1995 Mr. Demirev has been Concertmaster of Plano Symphony Orchestra, Plano, USA. He has performed to critical acclaim with major orchestras and in numerous concerts and solo recitals, which have taken him to concert stages in Austria, Hungary, Holland, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico and the United States.

Mr. Demirev has had the privilege to work with conductors Carlos Calmar, Rossen Milanov, Hector Guzman, Victor Pablo Perez, Carlo Rizzi, Peshek, and more. He also worked with renowned violinists Mintcho Mintchev, Georgi Badev, Josif Radionov, Angel Stankov, Vesko Eshkenazy, Emanuel Borok, Herman Crebbers, Ifra Neaman, Jar Kless, Erick Friedman, Liviu Prunaru, Pavel Sporcl.  Mr. Demirev has appeared live in numerous radio broadcasts, both in Europe and the USA. He has recordings under the “Gasparo” label in New York, “Well Tempered” in San Francisco and the “Balkanton” label in Sofia. Since 2007 Mr. Demirev has been a guest Concertmaster of the prestigious Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia in La Coruna, Spain. Since 2010 Mr. Demirev is the 1st Concertmaster of the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra in Denmark.

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