Dr Martin Georgiev conferred a PhD by the Royal Academy of Music, University of London

Dr Martin Georgiev PhD

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.

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World Premiere of ‘The Secret’: Heidelberg Philharmonic conducted by the composer

Martin Georgiev. Heidelberg Philharmonic

Heidelberg Philharmonic and Martin Georgiev at the World Premiere of ‘The Secret’. Photo by Robert Schweizer

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.

More about the concert at the website of the Orchestra

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.

Göran Söllscher, Heidelberg Philharmonic and Martin Georgiev

Göran Söllscher, Heidelberg Philharmonic and Martin Georgiev

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Martin Georgiev conducting at Cadogan Hall, London

Martin Georgiev, Varna Philharmonic, Paulina Voices, Holst Choir, LFBC

Martin Georgiev, Varna Philharmonic, Paulina Voices, Holst Choir at the LFBC Opening Concert, Cadogan Hall, London

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 theMartin Georgiev, Vania Vatralova Stankov, Varna Philharmonic 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.

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