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Svetlin Roussev

Principal Concertmaster

Svetlin Roussev
© Enrique Pardo

Svetlin Roussev addresses the great repertoire of the violin from the Baroque period to contemporary music. An ardent interpreter of Slavic music and a propagator, in particular, of the music of his native Bulgaria, Svetlin Roussev is Bulgaria's Musician of the Year 2006 and was awarded the Crystal Lyre in 2007 and 2016 by the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture. Since May 2018, he has also been an honorary citizen of his hometown Roussé. In 2019 Svetlin Roussev was received by the President of the Bulgarian Republic Rumen Radev, who presented him with his Sign of Honour.

He has performed at the Salle Pleyel, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Cité de la Musique and UNESCO in Paris, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Palace of Culture in Budapest, the Sumida Triphony Center Hall and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Seoul Arts Center, the Bolshoi and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and the United Nations Palace. Invited by various orchestras in the United States, Latin America, Asia and Europe, he has played under the direction of Myung-Whun Chung, Léon Fleisher, Yehudi Menuhin, Yuzo Toyama, Marek Janowski, Emmanuel Krivine, Arie Van Beek, François-Xavier Roth, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Denis Russel-Davies, Lionel Bringuier, Jonathan Nott, Rossen Milanov, Emil Tabakov...

Svetlin Roussev has won numerous international competitions (Indianapolis, Long-Thibaud-Crespin, Melbourne...). In 2001, he was awarded the 1st Grand Prix, as well as two Special Prizes at the 1st Sendaï International Music Competition. Svetlin Roussev is also a chamber musician, where he plays with partners such as Myung-Whun Chung, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Yeol Eum Son, Peter Frankl, Nikolaj Znaider and Ning Feng, Antoine Tamestit, Gautier Capuçon, Xavier Philips, Jian Wang, Gary Hoffman, Paul Meyer, François Leleux and also François Salque and Elena Rozanova with whom he forms the trio Roussev-Salque-Rozanova.

His discography includes works by Vladiguerov, Sibelius, Grieg, Medtner, Ravel, Franck, Ysaÿe, Mendelssohn, Dvořák, Hartmann for labels, Arcantus, Fondamenta, DECCA...

Svetlin Roussev plays the 1710 Camposelice Stradivarius on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

Symphonie N°9

Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Jonathan Nott | Sergey Khachatryan

Concerto pour violon et orchestre

Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva