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Aleksandar Ivanov

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Aleksandar Ivanov
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Aleksandar Ivanov started playing the violin at the age of 5. During his first year he was accepted in the National Music School “Lyubomir Pipkov” in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he studied for 12 years, receiving his first professional music education under the professors Petar Arnaudov and Yossif Radionov (concertmaster of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra). After graduating from the school at 18 years old, he continued his education in the National Music Academy “prof. Pancho Vladigerov”, under the guidance of prof. Yossif Radionov, where he attained his Bachelors and Master of Arts degrees with full honors. Later, deciding to further his education, Aleksandar enrolled in the Haute école de musique de Genève. There, working closely with Tedi Papavrami, Svetlin Roussev and Gábor Takács-Nagy, Aleksandar was able to attain his second Masters degree in Orchestral Performance with full honors, winning also the school awards for best violinist “Henryk Szeryng” and best string quartet “Daisy de Saugy”.

As a young violinist, Aleksandar has had a fruitful career, being able to perform both as a soloist and a chamber musician. His repertoire includes all of the famous violin concertos from Bach, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Bruch, Lalo, Shostakovich and Paganini, performed with orchestras both in his home country of Bulgaria, and all around Europe, Japan and China. Aleksandar is a laureate of more than 10 national and international competitions, holding 1st prize awards both with violin and with chamber music. As a chamber musician, Aleksandar has had the opportunity to be a part of many ensembles, but more notably he has been the first violinist of the Bulgarian string quartet “Dimov” (later known as “Goleminov”), one of the oldest and the most successful Bulgarian string quartet. With them, Aleksandar has performed nationally and internationally, all of their concerts being streamed live on the Bulgarian national radio and television. Aleksandar is also a two times holder of the Bulgarian national award “Crystal Lyre” for string quartet and orchestral art.

Starting from 2019, during his studies in Geneva, Aleksandar has been a part of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande as a substitute violinist. As of September 2023 he has been integrated as a full member of the orchestra in the group of the first violins.

OSR Live

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Jonathan Nott | Sergey Khachatryan

Concerto pour violon et orchestre

Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

Symphonie N°9

Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva