Guest Artist: Boyan Bonev – September 19, 2015 NFSO French Accents Concert 

Katie Ott

Award winning cellist Dr. Boyan Bonev, a native of Bulgaria and music professor at the University of West Florida, is the featured soloist for the NFSO’s September 19, 2015 Season Opening concert.

Boyan holds Doctor of  Music and Master of Music degrees from the Florida State University, and Bachelor of Music degree from the National Music Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria. His cello teachers include Gregory Sauer, David Bjella, Lubomir Georgiev, Anatoli Krastev, Venzeslav Nikolov, and Tatcho Tatchev. Bonev has participated in master classes with Janos Starker, Lynn Harrell, Jon Kimura Parker, Andres Diaz, Felix Wang, Christopher Rex, Norman Shetler, Carsten Eckert, Christoph Richter, Robert Cohen, and Michail Homitzer. He has performed in a number of prestigious music festivals and conferences in Europe and USA such as College Music Society Southern Regional Conference and Florida Music Educators' Association Conference in Tampa, FL, "Varga Celebration" in Greensboro, NC, "Seven Days of Opening Nights" and Festival of New Music in Tallahassee, FL, "Musica Nova" and "New Bulgarian Music" in Sofia, Bulgaria, "Varna Summer" in Varna, Bulgaria, "Apolonia" in Sozopol, Bulgaria and "March Music Days" in Rousse, Bulgaria.

An active performer of solo and chamber music, Bonev has performed recitals across the United States and Europe. He was featured as a soloist of the University of West Florida Chamber Orchestra, the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra and the Stara Zagora Symphony Orchestra, and performed at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall. Bonev is a prize winner from the Bulgarian National Competition for Singers and Instrumentalists and the International Competition "Music and Earth". He is also a recipient of the Radio Stara Zagora National Award for Outstanding Concert and Artistic Achievements and the Florida State University Graduate Teaching Assistantship.

Currently, Bonev teaches cello, double bass and chamber music at the University of West Florida. Prior to joining the faculty at UWF, he taught cello and double bass at the Albany State University and Darton College. Bonev is on the faculty of the Florida State University Summer Music Camps and taught cello and chamber music as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Florida State University.

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