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Das Orchester 5***** "The CD debut of the young Bulgarian-British musician Martin Georgiev brings us an entirely individual musical narrative world, from London. In it, heaven and earth are reflected." read more...
Limelight **** “a triumph… bold, sophisticated compositional vision executed with brilliance.” read more...
Sound and Vision : “unlike anything else I have heard before”
Fanfare: "Sophisticated, uncompromising yet sonically appealing, the music of British-Bulgarian composer Martin Georgiev (b. 1983) promises to be a prominent voice on the musical landscape. … The recording … is superb. Georgiev is a major new voice"
Pizzicato *** “pictorial and full of fantasy”
Music Web International : “Music with an invitingly gruff and swirling strangeness that trumps and transcends its occasional avant-garde sounds.”
Martin Georgiev is internationally awarded composer, conductor, percussionist and producer. His collaborations as composer and conductor feature leading orchestras and ensembles such as the Brussels Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, Sofia National Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Kammerorkest van het Noorden, Azalea, Manson Ensemble, Cosmic Voices and Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles amongst many.
He was Composer in Residence to the City of Heidelberg - 'Komponist für Heidelberg 2012|13" which culminated in the world premiere of The Secret, an orchestral commission by the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the composer. Since 2013 he has been Assistant Conductor with the Royal Ballet at ROH Covent Garden, London, working on the world premieres of numerous new ballets by world's top choreographers and composers, such as Woolf Works, Multiverse, Connectome, Frankenstein, Yugen, Obsidian Tear, The Illustrated Farewell, Strapless, Corybantic Games, The Wind, Raven Girl, Unknown Soldier, and Medusa, alongside the timeless Tchaikovsky masterpieces and numerous Ashton works in the core of the company's repertoire. Since 2018 he has been guest conductor with the Birmingham Royal Ballet where he conducted the world premiere and UK tour of Ignite (nominated for Benois de la Danse, Moscow, 2019) within the groundbreaking Ballet Now programme, and he opened and closed the 2020-21 season of the Company, conducting the world premiere of A Brief Nostalgia (another Ballet Now commission) at Birminghan and London's Sadler's Wells in 2019, and Swan Lake on tour around the UK, including the last show before the COVID-19 lockdown became effective in March 2020. In 2010-11 he was SAM Embedded Composer with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London. He has been permanenent guest conductor with the Varna State Opera House for over a decade, where he conducted a number of award winning productions and concerts, including a critically acclaimed Swan Lake with laureates of the famous Varna International Ballet Competition. For season 2020-21 Georgiev was scheduled to conduct 2 productions with the Royal Ballet at ROH Covent Garden, which are now amongst the affected by the pandemic situation in the UK. The global situation also cut short the Netherlands tour of Georgiev's Percussion Concerto No.3 Genesis with Tatiana Koleva and Kammerorkest van het Noorden, after the first 7 concerts across the Netherlands in 2019-2020 were met with a critical acclaim.
Martin Georgiev was educated at the Royal Academy of Music, London, UK; and the National Academy of Music 'Pancho Vladigerov', Sofia, Bulgaria; has a PhD (doctorate) in Composition from the University of London and Masters' degrees in both composition and conducting. Born in 1983 in the historic city of Varna, Bulgaria, he is based in London since 2005, being both Bulgarian and British national.
His compositions have been commissioned by The City of Heidelberg and the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra; The City of Varna; The Royal Academy of Music for the Mayor of London; Sound and Music for the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Varna Summer International Music Festival for the Sofia National Philharmonic Orchestra; Jessica Cottis and the Ashover Festival; AmBul Festival of American and Bulgarian Music for the Stankov Ensemble; the London Festival of Bulgarian Culture for the Forte Quartet; conducted by Michel Tabachnik, Fabien Gabel, Rossen Milanov, Jessica Cottis, Pascal Rophé, Vania Moneva, Franck Ollu, Gary Walker, Jacques Cohen, Dian Tchobanov, Keith Bragg, Plamen Markov; performed by Tatiana Koleva, Stankov Ensemble, Sarah Mason, Berten D'Hollander; Valia Dervenska & Nadja Höbjärt, Ivo Varbanov & Fiammetta Tarli, Forte Quartet, Frosch Quartet, Isis Ensemble, Carolyn Stuart & Svetozar Ivanov, Helena Nichols & Charlene Farrugia, Antonia Nikova-Georgieva and Raya Kostova-Humphries amongst many. His works have been performed across the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, USA, France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Greece, Poland, Israel and Italy. His Chamber Opera The Mirror with original libretto by Marike van Aerde was premiered in London in June 2009 by the Azalea conducted by Jessica Cottis, under the patronage of Lady Solti, Sir Charles Mackerras and Andrew Ritchie CBE.
Dr Georgiev has completed his PhD in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, University of London, in 2013. His doctoral research with principal supervisor Dr. Philip Cashian and subsidiary supervision with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Julian Anderson and Sir Harrison Birtwistle was supported by scholarships from the Wingate Foundation, Alan&Nesta Ferguson Trust and Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust. Central to it was the development of his signature technique for composition, Morphing Modality, which is a systematic approach to key aspects of the process of music composition inspired by the technique of ‘morphing images’ from the visual arts, integrating fundamental principles from the theory and practice of Bulgarian-Orthodox and Byzantine Chant, and informed by music psychology, perception and cognition. For a multimedia web presentation - click here.
Georgiev is also a postgraduate Conducting alumnus of the Royal Academy of Music where he studied orchestra conducting with Colin Metters, Sir Colin Davis and George Hurst. He was awarded with the Fred Southall Memorial Prize for Conducting by the Royal Academy and scholarships by the ABRSM, the Royal Academy of Music, National Culture Fund of Bulgaria, the Municipality of the City of Varna and St Cyril and Methodius International Foundation.
He has also completed Masters’ degrees in Conducting and Composition and Bachelors’ degree in Percussion at the National Academy of Music ‘Pancho Vladigerov’ in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he studied with professors Plamen Djouroff, Krassimir Taskov, Tatiana Karparova, as well as a private ABRSM-structured programme with the outstanding Bulgarian composer and conductor Professor Vassil Kazandjiev FBAS.
Martin Georgiev is a recipient of numerous awards for composition and performance. He is a laureate of the International Composers' Forum TACTUS in Brussels, Belgium, where his works featured in the selection in 2004, 2008 and 2011; the Grand Prize for Symphonic Composition dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of the Sofia National Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003; the UBC Golden Stave Award in 2004; orchestral commission prize in memory of Sir Henry Wood by the Royal Academy of Music, London, in 2011; he was a finalist of the Hindemith Prize of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany (2011) and a recipient of 15 prizes from national and international competitions as a percussionist.
He has been music producer for critically acclaimed releases with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchesra, and pianists Ivo Varbanov and Fiammetta Tarli, for Hyperion Records.
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