Lisa MacKinney. Limelight Magazine, Australia **** Debut recording from young Bulgarian is quite a smasher. Genesis is the debut recording for Bulgarian/British composer Martin Georgiev, born in 1983 in Varna, Bulgaria, and based in London since 2005. His doctorate in composition was co-supervised by Peter Maxwell Davies and Harrison Birtwistle, during which period, Georgiev developed
Martin Georgiev conducted the premiere of a new production of Swan Lake at the Varna State Opera House at his native city Varna, Bulgaria, the home of the oldest international professional Ballet competition in the world, won by legends such as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Sylvie Guillem.
PRE-RELEASE: New CD release featuring Martin Georgiev’s Percussion Concerto No.3 GENESIS and Symphonic Triptych No. 1, conducted by the composer, with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra and internationally acclaimed percussionist Tatiana Koleva is coming up on the British label ICSM Records. Watch this space. First Review: Das Orchester, Germany,*****: click here. Pre-orders: click here
Martin Georgiev conducted recordings of new works by Michael Rosas Cobian and Rosalie Coopman with contemporary music ensemble Azalea at Angel Studios, London on 04.09.2017.
Martin Georgiev’s new CD release GENESIS was reviewed by Prof. Dr. Lutz Lesle in the June issue of Das Orchester, the German classical music magazine. For the original German review click here. English translation by Helen Rogers: (Български превод по-долу.) The CD debut of the young Bulgarian-British musician Martin Georgiev brings us an entirely individual
Composer’s Portrait Concert featuring Martin Georgiev’s Contrabass Clarinet Concerto Soul Searching and Percussion Concerto No. 3 Genesis in chamber versions, and the World Premiere of Lifepath for Strings was conducted by the composer alongside his String Quartet No. 1, at the European Music Festival at Varna, Bulgaria, on 19 April 2017, featuring leading international percussionist
Martin Georgiev conducted the Opening Concert of the European Music Festival at the sea resort city of Varna, Bulgaria, featuring: Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto | Kitbi Lee (South Korea/UK) Lizst: Piano Concerto No. 1 | Galin Gantchev (Bulgaria/UK) Schubert: Symphony No. 8 (“Unfinished”) with the Varna Opera Symphony Orchestra at the
Martin is assistant conductor for the revival of Wayne McGregor’s award winning ballet Woolf Works, choreographed to music by Max Richter, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, in January and February 2017, broadcast live on cinema worldwide and to be released on DVD.
Martin Georgiev conducting the London Mozart Players, Paulina Voices – St Paul’s Girls School Choir and Francis Holland School Choir at Cadogan Hall at the Closing Concert of the London Festival of Bulgarian Culture, 30.11.2016. G.B.Pergolesi: Stabat Mater 12: Quando Corpus Morietur (excerpt) More about the concert: click here.
Martin Georgiev is cover conductor for the Royal Ballet production of The Sleeping Beauty. The production opens on 21 December 2016 at ROH Covent Garden, London and runs until March 2017. More about the production – click here. More about Martin’s previous involvement with the RB/ROH – click here.
Martin Georgiev’s Triptych for Violin and Piano performed by Ivo Varbanov and Dominika Przech at a music festival at the Lodz Music Academy, Poland on 28 November 2016: http://ivo-varbanov.com/28-november-2016-lodz-music-academy-poland/
Martin Georgiev is the assistant conductor for the Royal Ballet McGregor Triple Bill featuring the World Premiere of Wayne McGregor’s new ballet Multiverse choreographed to Steve Reich’s new score Runner commissioned especially for the production on the occasion of Reich’s 80th birthday. The production opens on 10 November at ROH Covent Garden, London. More about the production
Martin Georgiev conducted recordings of new works by Rosalie Coopman and Michael Rosas Cobian with contemporary music ensemble Azalea at Angel Studios, London on 01.09.2016. It is a second recording session with music by Coopman and Cobian, after Azalea and Georgiev completed world premiere recordings of their new works in 2015 – click here.
Martin Georgiev conducted studio recordings of two parts of his Symphonic Triptych No. 1 with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra at Sofia, Bulgaria, on 23-28 June 2016. One part of the Triptych, Heavenly Reflections was recorded by this orchestra conducted by the composer in 2007, broadcast nationwide and subsequently chosen to represent the country
Martin Georgiev is the assistant conductor for the Royal Ballet Triple Bill featuring the World Premiere of Wayne McGregor and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s new ballet Obsidian Tear, to be conducted by the composer,
Martin Georgiev is assistant conductor for the the World Premiere of Liam Scarlet and Lowell Lieberman’s new ballet Frankenstein at the Royal Ballet, ROH Covent Garden, London.
Martin Georgiev is the assistant conductor for the Royal Ballet Triple Bill featuring the World Premiere of Christopher Wheeldon and Mark Antony Turnage’s new ballet Strapless, alongside two other ballets by Wheeldon, choreographed to music by Arvo Pärt and Ezio Bosso – After the Rain and Within the Golden Hour. More about the production – click here.
Martin Georgiev conducted world premiere recordings of new works by Rosalie Coopman and Michael Rosas Cobian with the acclaimed London contemporary music ensemble Azalea at Angel Studios, London on 05.12.2015.
Martin Georgiev is the assistant conductor for the Royal Ballet production of Connectome/Raven Girl – two recent Royal Ballet creations choreographed by Alistair Marriott and Wayne McGregor with music by Arvo Pärt and Gabriel Yared. Martin Georgiev was the Assistant Conductor for the world premières of both ballets, and is currently assisting Koen Kessels, Music Director of the Royal Ballet,
Martin Georgiev’s Percussion Concerto No. 3 Genesis has been selected by the Bulgarian National Radio to be presented at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers 2015 to be held in Tallinn, Estonia, on 12-15 May. The composition will be presented by the 2014 recording produced by the Bulgarian National Radio featuring Tatiana Koleva – Marimba and the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer.
Morphing Modality is Dr Georgiev’s innovative technique for composition developed within his PhD research at the Royal Academy of Music, completed in 2012. (Click here for related news release.)
The World Premiere of Martin Georgiev’s Triptych for Violin and Piano was given by Yana Burova – Violin, and Fiammetta Tarli – Piano, at a recital on 26 November 2014 at 7.30 PM at The Salvation Army Regent Hall (275 Oxford Street, London W1C 2DJ), within the framework of the 3rd London Festival of Bulgarian Culture (LFBC), alongside music by Tchaikovky, Vladigerov, Bartok, Khachaturian, Kutev and Vulchanov. The three pieces comprising Georgiev’s Triptych were composed between 2009 and 2013, and the last of them – Guiding Star, written for Burova and Tarli received its world premiere at the concert. Midnight Song was commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music for The Story of London initiative of the Mayor of London and premiered by Helena Nichols and Charlene Farrugia within the framework of the festival in 2009. In this piece Georgiev was asked “to predict his late style” as an imaginary reference to the future of music in London.
Photographs from the concert by Rossen Donev
The World Premiere of Martin Georgiev’s Doxologies of Bells and Candlelight for Marimba, Bulgarian Traditional Ladies Choir and Percussion Ensemble was given by world renowned soloist, choir and ensemble: Tatiana Koleva – Marimba, the Cosmic Voices choir and Youth Percussion Pool conducted by Vania Moneva, at the Varna Summer International Music Festival at Varna, Bulgaria. The piece draws upon the traditions of
A new studio recording of Martin Georgiev’s Percussion Concerto No.3 ‘Genesis’ with Tatiana Koleva – Marimba, and the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer, was produced by the Bulgarian National Radio and broadcast. For a limited period you can listen to an MP3 version of the recording from
Martin Georgiev is cover conductor for the Royal Ballet production of Triple Bill at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, featuring the premiere of Alastair Marriott‘s new ballet Connectome with music by Arvo Pärt,
Camera direction, editing and visual effects by Ogy Stoilov.
Selection of videos from the LFBC 2012 Opening Concert at Cadogan Hall, London, with Varna Philharmonic, Paulina Voices, Holst Choir, Vania Vatralova-Stankov soprano, conducted by Martin Georgiev. Titled Bulgarian and British Symphonic Folksongs – music by Vladigerov, Nenov, Kazandjiev and Vaughan Williams.
Martin Georgiev is cover conductor for the Royal Ballet production of The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, opening on 4 December 2013 and running 26 performances until 16 January 2014,
20.07.2013. Martin Georgiev’s London Songs on Bagryana Poems, Soprano, Violin and Piano, were performed in a recital by the Stankov Ensemble at the Varna Summer International Music Festival, Varna, Bulgaria,
28.06.2013. Dr Martin Georgiev PhD was conferred a Philosophy Doctorate in Composition by the Royal Academy of Music, University of London at a ceremony at London’s St Marylebone Church (opposite the Royal Academy of Music). The Doctorate was presented by HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, GCVO, HonFRAM and the ceremony was attended by distinguished musicians and celebrities, including conductors Gennady Rozhdestvensky (conferred an Honorary Doctorate of the UL) and Ivan Fischer (awarded a HonRAM), composers Jonathan Dove and Gary Carpenter (both awarded HonRAM), cellist Neil Heyde and jazz vocalist Norma Winstone (both awarded HonRAM), among many. The citations were read by John Suchet.
In his Doctoral research, with principal supervisor Dr Philip Cashian, and subsidiary supervision with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Julian Anderson, among others, Dr Georgiev developed a particular compositional technique/system: Morphing Modality.
26.03.2013: Martin Georgiev conducted the opening concert of the European Music Festival at his native city of Varna, Bulgaria. The concert programme opened with Georgiev’s orchestral piece A Seasong which was commissioned two years earlier by the Royal Academy of Music, London, in Memory of Sir Henry Wood,
20.02.2013. The World Premiere of Martin Georgiev’s major orchestral work The Secret / Тайната was given by the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the composer at Kongresshaus Stadthalle Heidelberg, alongside works by Rodrigo and Respighi, in a Southern-European concert programme that featured the distinguished soloist Göran Söllscher in Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez.
The world premiere of The Secret was the highest point of Georgiev’s tenure as Komponist für Heidelberg 2012|13 – Composer in Residence to the City of Heidelberg. The Secret was commissioned by Orchester und Theater Heidelberg and the General Music Director of the City of Heidelberg, Yordan Kamdzhalov.
Martin Georgiev’s Pieces for Violin and Piano were performed in a recital by Valia Dervenska, Concertmaster of the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, and Nadja Vatcheva-Höbarth – Piano, at Alter Saal, Heidelberg State Theatre, Germany.
A studio recording of Martin Georgiev’s orchestral work The Sacred Flight with the Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Michel Tabachnik was released on CD. It features the 2011 selection of the Tactus International Composers’ Forum in Belgium, including 6 orchestral pieces by young composers from around the world.
12.11.2012. The world premiere of Martin Georgiev’s new work for 2 Pianos and Strings: Silent Light was given by Ivo Varbanov and Fiammetta Tarli, accompanied by the Isis Ensemble conducted by Jacques Cohen at Cadogan Hall within the London Festival of Bulgarian Culture.
11.11.2012. The world premiere of Martin Georgiev’s London Songs on Bagryana Poems, commissioned by the AmBul Festival for American and Bulgarian Music in Sofia, Bulgaria for the Stankov Ensemble was given by within the framework of the festival,
03.11.2012. Martin Georgiev conducted the opening concert of the 2nd London Festival of Bulgarian Culture (LFBC) at Cadogan Hall, London, with the Varna Symphony Orchestra, from Georgiev’s native city of Varna (home to the oldest international ballet competition in the world and the oldest golden treasure ever found.) The concert, titled Bulgarian & British Symphonic Folk Songs featured a number of UK premieres by some of the most significant Bulgarian composers of the early and the late 20th Century, alongside Vaughan Williams’ magnificent last cantata, Folksongs of the Four Seasons featuring the Paulina Voices and the Holst Choir from London – both choirs been taught and directed by Vaughn Williams himself in his lifetime. All compositions that Georgiev programmed in the concert were inspired by Folk Songs and Sacred Chants and Carols, from Bulgaria and Britain, drawing fascinating parallels. You could read more about the works and their composers in the concert programme (here), and below are some videos from the concert, with just a few words about each composer. London Festival of Bulgarian Culture was founded in 2011 by virtuoso violinist and producer Ivo Stankov who is the director and producer of the festival which aims to share the hidden treasures of Bulgarian culture with the British public.