About Hristo Kazakov

Hristo Kazakov is born 1974 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He had his first piano lessons at the age of four. He studied at the “Ljubomir Pipkov” Musical School graduating in 1992 with distinction. He was awarded the third prize at the National Chamber Music competition “Johannes Brahms“. From 1992-1996 he engaged in advanced studies at the “Pancho Vladigerov” National Academy of Music in Prof. Dimo Dimov’s class, supplemented by concert performances, seminars and teaching assignments on contemporary classical music. After earning his Master’s Degree from the National Music Academy, he got a scholarship to the Music Academy in Fontainebleau. In France, Hristo Kazakov participated in master classes with musicians like Philippe Entremont and Philippe Bianconi with special interest in the music of French impressionism.

Meanwhile he has performed a substantial part of Debussy’s piano works. His concerts with works by Bach and especially his interpretation of The Art of the Fugue as well as the Goldberg Variations received enthusiastic acclaim as did his artistic rendering of Debussy’s 24 Preludes. Performing both as a soloist and as an ensemble musician (among others with English violinist David Whiston, Swiss violinist Hansheinz Schneeberger), he has toured in Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, England, Armenia, Bulgaria.

He highlighted works from Skrjabin, Ravel, Debussy and Busoni in various concerts as well as performances of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23. K. 488 and recitals with compositions from Schumann, Schubert, Chopin, Beethoven and Rachmaninov. 

In 2010 Mr. Kazakov played Chopin First Piano Concerto in E minor with the Orchestre Symphonique du Jura/Switzerland.

In 2013 Hristo Kazakov started Worldwide Global Promotion of his records (Goldberg Variations by J.S.Bach and 2 CDs with music by Debussy) represented by Phoenix Classical - Canada. 

In May 2013 the American Magazine Fanfare recognized Mr. Kazakov Goldberg Variations album by J. S. Bach as one of the finest interpretations. 

His recordings of the Goldberg Variations are broadcasted internationally; in Australia by ABC Classic FM and Radio Adelaide, in New Zealand by Radio New Zealand concert, in Brazil by Radio Cultura, in South Africa by Classic FM and Fine Music Radio, in Peru by Radio Filarmonia, in Taiwan by Philharmonic Radio, in Estonia by Klassika Radio, in Switzerland Radio Swiss Classic, in Italy by Venice Classic Radio, in Spain by Catalunya Musica, in Israel by Voice of Music, in Turkey by ITU Radio and in USA.

Recordings were made for the Bulgarian National Television and Radio and RFI France.

In 2015 Mr. Kazakov has been invited as a jury member at Thailand 5th Mozart International Piano Competition in Bangkok.

His recent and upcoming performances include all 32 Piano Sonatas by L. van Beethoven and 24 Preludes and Fugues by D. Schostakovich. 

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