BIOGRAPHY

 
“Parashkevov inhabits every corner of the virtuosi romancing…; His sparkling, brilliant tone and clarity of gesture create wonderful moments of light and shade…”
The Strad


“The attention to phrasing is excellent, and one can feel Parashkevov's bow strokes as they bounce along or attack the high notes with perfect precision.”
Allmusic


“Chavdar Parashkevov is a Bulgarian violinist whose virtuosity is in no doubt...”
MusicWeb
Bulgarian violinist Chavdar Parashkevov has captivated audiences throughout Europe and the US with his sensual artistic approach, sensitivity, and virtuosic technique. He has been awarded a number of prizes from various national and international competitions. These include First Prize in the National Competition "Svetoslav Obretenov" – Provadia, First Prize and a special prize for a Bach performance in "Young Talents Competition" in Sofia, Second Prize in "The Best Performance of Bulgarian Music" in Varna, Special Prize in a competition for the "Best Performance of Czech and Slovak Music" in Varna.

Mr. Parashkevov’s diverse career has included numerous appearances with different orchestras. He has soloed with the Eskisehir Symphony in Turkey, the BAYS Symphony in Houston, TX, the Varna Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Schumen Philharmonic Orchestra and the "L. Pipkov" Symphony Orchestra of in Sofia, Bulgaria. He regularly appears in recital and chamber music performances throughout the United States, in the Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Italy and Denmark.

Throughout the years, Chavdar Parashkevov has studied with many renowned violinists, including Peter Hristoskov, Ginka Gichkova, Veronica Bogaertz, Thomas Hapanen, Takashi Shimizu and Nelli Shkolnikova. Chavdar is a graduate of the School for the Arts in Varna. In 1997, he came to the United States to continue his education with Edward Schmieder (Southern Methodist University) and Andjei Grabiec (The University of Houston). Currently, Chavdar combines performing and teaching careers, and plays for the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet Orchestras.

In 2005 Chavdar and pianist Vessela Gintcheva released the CD "Moto Perpetuo" featuring Bulgarian violin music. In May 2009 the CD was played on Space Shuttle Atlantis during mission STS 125 to the Hubbel space telescope, which made the news in Bulgarian media and press.

The critically acclaimed violin and piano duo, Chavdar Parashkevov and Natasha Kislenko, recently released a new CD “Russian Sonatas” with three major sonatas by Prokofiev, Schnittke and Nikolayev. Currently, they are on tour playing recitals and promoting this CD in Europe, Asia and the United States.