18. April 2019
Stefan Hadjiev has distinguished himself as a versatile, innovative soloist and chamber musician in the international concert scene. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Stefan has always looked beyond the main-stream and standard definitions of music-making and has dedicated himself to a very varied repertoire, with the aim of removing the boundaries between musical genres.
2018 will see Stefan performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto in a concert tour with the Stuttgart Philharmoniker, a CD release of cello and piano music with pianist Veneta Neynska, and many more concerts and festival appearances, including gigs with loop based improvised music, and collaborations with artists from other music styles.
Recent engagements include a critically acclaimed performance of the 2nd Cello Concerto of D. Shostakovich with the State Orchestra of Kassel (Germany) and conductor Yoel Gamzou, and the world premiere of Cello Concerto by Michael-Gregor Scholl. Stefan also recently guested with the Lipkind Quartet for recordings and concerts in Tonhalle Zurich with Schubert’s Quintet, Opus 163. He joined the Bulgarian music producer Georgi Atanassov-Minstrell in the process of creating the original music and sounds for the experimental dance-theatre piece Ion at the Red House, Sofia. Ion became one of the most interesting plays during the last theatre season in Sofia, receiving highly positive reviews and an IKAR (the Bulgarian Theatrical Awards) nomination. Stefan is also a member of the International Mahler Orchestra and its spin-off IMOGEN – a project based collective of musicians formed by conductor Yoel Gamzou, which aims to search for new formats in performing classical music.
Stefan has always had a strong interest in other musical genres as he collaborated with artists such as Paul Frick, Gilles Apap, and bands from UK and Bulgaria. Stefan is a co-founder of 180° – of one of the most innovative festivals in Sofia (Bulgaria) for experimental music and interdisciplinary arts.