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Minev, Pavel (violin)
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Pavel Minev (violin)

According to some of the leading world media—the Voice of America, Grazia magazine (Italy), the Rossiyskaya gazeta—Pavel Minev is a 'Contemporary Paganini'. The audiences of four continents gave him a standing ovation at the world-renowned venues (Carnegie Hall, the Grand Hall of the D.D. Shostakovich St Petersburg Academic Philharmonia, The Berlin Philharmonie, the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International Performing Arts Centre, Columbia Artists Managements Hall), when he performed with famous orchestras, such as the State Academic Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, the Russian Television and Radio Orchestra, etc. At the age of 23, while a student at the Moscow Conservatory, Pavel Minev was the first foreigner to enter the group of soloists of the Moscow State Philharmonic, where his colleagues were Sviatoslav Richter, Y. Bashmet. Valentin Berlinsky, leader of the Borodin Quartet, called him 'a bright and very interesting musician'.

Pavel Minev is the winner of international competitions in Italy, Bulgaria, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Russia, where he competed with J. Rachlin and B.Niziol. In 1985, at the Wieniawski International Festival in Poland, the Bulgarian violinist was awarded the Gold Medal. His appearances at global events include the anniversary conference of European String Teachers Associaton (ESTA, then presided by Yehudi Menuhin) in Austria where, during the performance of the 3rd Mozart concerto, the hall, in which there were leading musicians of Europe, applauded the 9-year-old violinist even in tutti, Yuri Temirkanov’s festival Christmas musical meetings in Palmira of the North in St Petersburg, at the closing of the Summer Festival of the Moscow Conservatory in an ensemble with the Dean of the Conservatory and the winner of the Mozart Competition Andrey Pisarev, the Svetlanov Festival. His recitals at the State Duma of Russia, the Parliament of Bulgaria, and the U.S. Department of State were attended by state leaders and thousands of listeners.

Pavel Minev has been presented with a number of awards. In 2002, he was among the ten outstanding cultural figures awarded by the government of Russia; in 2003, he received a medal and a certificate of honour from the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria; in 2007, the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Kazakhstan awarded the violinist with the golden symbol Baiterek for his recital with the orchestra of the Republic’s Opera; in 2008, the International Union of Musicians celebrated his achievements in the performing arts with its anniversary medal; in 2018, the Minister of Culture of Russia awarded the virtuoso for his great contribution to the development of culture.

After 14 years of Pavel Minev’s lease of the G.B. Guadagnini violin, the Moscow Museum did not renew the contract with him, and so he continues to record on the Italian instruments of his friends—including multiple Grammy winners. On this album Mozart’s Concerto is played on the violin made by D. Danchev. Pavel Minev is in Great Artists—Musical World, a world top list of outstanding musicians.


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