Deutschladfunk will broadcast a composer’s portrait featuring Martin Georgiev’s works recorded by Brussels Philharmonic, Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stankov Ensemble, Frosch Quartet and and Tatiana Koleva, on Saturday 25 Aug at 22:05 CET (21:05 BST). The programme by Prof. Dr. Lutz Lesle (in German) will be available to hear online for a week after
Martin Georgiev will conduct the world premiere of Ignite, a new ballet by Juanjo Arqués and Kate Whitley for the Birmingham Royal Ballet at Birmingham, London and Plymouth
Martin conducted a new Swan Lake co-production of the Varna and Krasnoyarsk ballet companies at the legendary Varna Summer Theatre, home to the oldest international ballet competition in the world.
Martin was assistant conductor for the revival of Wayne McGregor’s ballet Obsidian Tear, choreographed to music by Esa-Pekka Salonen, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, in April and May 2018.
“…this music is unlike anything else I have heard before…”
GENESIS: New CD Release – Reviewed in Sound and Vision. Australia.
Martin is conducting a new production of Swan Lake which he opened in December at the Varna State Opera House, at his native city, Varna, Bulgaria, home of the oldest international ballet competition in the world.
Martin was assistant conductor for the world premiere of two new ballets by Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon to music by Leonard Bernstein with the Royal Ballet at ROH Covent Garden, London in March-April 2018. The Triple Bill is a celebration of Bernstein’s birth centenary.
Martin Georgiev conducted the Sofia National Philharmonic Orchestra in concert on 18 January 2018 at Bulgaria Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria. The concert programme featured:
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 is assistant conductor for the world premières of new ballets by Arthur Pita : The Wind, and Twyla Tharp : The Illustrated Farewell, and the revival of Hofesh Shechter’s Untouchable in a Triple Bill by the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, and for the revival of Christopher Wheeldon’s award winning ballet Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, in September, October and November 2017, broadcast live on cinema worldwide…
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 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 conducted the world premiere of his orchestral work Seasong II with the Varna State Opera Symphony Orchestra at the Varna Opera House, Varna, Bulgaria, on 25/03/2016 at a festive concert dedicated to the Annunciation of Theotokos. The concert
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 is assistant conductor for the World Premiere of Wayne McGregor‘s new full length ballet Woolf Works with the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, which will open on 11 May. It is the second World Premiere of McGregor’s ballet that Martin is involved with as assistant conductor to Koen Kessels, Music Director Designate of the Royal Ballet, after the premiere of Raven Girl in 2013.
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.)
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
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.