Prof. Rumen Cvetkov-Bratsche
Professor of viola- Tilburg Conservatory (Fontys), Holland and New Bulgarian University-Sofia, Bulgaria
Artistic Director- MurciArt Music Festival
Founder of Chamber Orchestra “Mediterranean Soloists”
Since his solo debut at the age of 8, Rumen Cvetkov has performed in more than 35 countries on 4 continents which won him positive critical claim. Equally popular as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, he has performed in important venues worldwide such as Berliner Filharmoniker Hall, Carnegie Hall (New York), Wigmore Hall (London), Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles), Pallacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), Mozarteum (Salzburg), Chicago Symphony Center, and Bulgaria Hall to name a few. His festival appearances include Red Sea Festival (Israel), Athens, St. Moritz, Mimir, Bruman, I Palpiti, Ascoli Piceno (Italy), as well as “Music in the Old City” and ” European Culture Month”. He has been a guest artist for Van Cliburn Institute and a faculty at Texas Chamber Music Round Up in Fort Worth. He is invited regularly to teach masterclasses in USA, Europe and Asia.
A passionate chamber musician, Rumen Cvetkov has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians today such as Ida Haendel, Bernard Greenhouse, Mihail Muntian, Sir Harold Martina, Jose Feghali, Christian Tetzlaff, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Michael Flaksman, Jose Gallardo, Jelena Ocic, Ensemble Oriol (Berlin), Persius Ensemble, and members of Borromeo, Kronos, Aviv, and Verdi Quartets. In the fall of 2007 he cooperated with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project performing the solo part of Brahms Clarinet Quintet arranged for solo viola in a concert organized by Chicago Art Museum. Since 2017, Rumen Cvetkov is the founder and Artistic Director of MurciArt Music Festival (Spain) with Honorary President Maestro Placido Domingo.
In 2012 Maestro Zubin Mehta invited him to become the solo violist of the Royal Spanish Opera House “Queen Sofia” in Valencia. Regularly invited as a guest solo violist, he has performed under great conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Myun Wun Chung, Kent Nagano, Enrique Batiz, Rossen Milanov, Alan Gilbert, and Robert Trevino to name a few.
In Bulgaria, Rumen Cvetkov studied with Georgy Naidenov (pupil of Feodor Druzhinin), and in the USA, with Misha Galaganov, Roger Chase and Shmuel Ashkenasi. In Holland, he has worked with Vladimir Mendelssohn.
He performs on a rare viola made by Simon Schodler 1785, named “The Time” and Italian Viola by Giusseppe Ghiacchetti di Roma