Michael Petrov


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Nominated by the Barbican as ECHO Rising Star, during the 2014/15 season Michael made significant debuts at 18 major European concert halls. He has also appeared as soloist with the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, English Chamber and CBSO Youth orchestras and the City of London Sinfonia.

Nominated by the Barbican as ECHO Rising Star in 2015, Michael has performed widely in Europe appearing at major concert halls including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Cité de la Musique Paris, Musikverein Vienna, Budapest Palace of Arts, Kölner Philharmonie and the Laeiszhalle Hamburg. Further afield he has given recitals at Carnegie’s Weill Hall and Los Angeles Cello Festival, and toured throughout China.

As a soloist Michael has appeared with the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, CBSO Youth, City of London Sinfonia, Barbican Young (conducted by Edward Gardner), City of London Sinfonia, Munich Chamber and English Chamber Orchestras performing concertos by Barber, Dvořák, Elgar, Haydn, Walton and Shostakovich. In 2013 he performed Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante at the Barbican conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.

Engagements this season include performances of the Haydn Concerto in D with Sinfonia Cymru, Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Barber Concerto with the New Symphony Orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria. He gives recitals with Tasmin Little at the Two Moors Festival, takes part in the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival, and appears with Trio Isimsiz at the Köln Philharmonie, Théâtre des Abbesses in Paris and Wigmore Hall.

Born in Bulgaria, Michael studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Louise Hopkins, winning the Gold Medal in 2014 and the Wigmore Hall Prize in 2017. He has given recitals throughout the UK, recent highlights including Wigmore Hall, the Plush, Peasmarsh and Bath Festivals. He was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2013.

A keen chamber musician, Michael is a member of the Trio Isimsiz who won 1st Prize in the 2015 Trondheim Competition and 2nd Prize in the 2017 Haydn Competition in Vienna and are currently Fellows at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

During his studies Michael won numerous prizes and awards including 2nd Prize in the 2012 International Brahms Competition in Austria and 1st Prize in the 2011 International Suggia Competition in Porto which led to the use of Guilhermina Suggia’s Montagnana cello.

Michael is grateful for support from the Hattori Trust and a Karl Motesiczky Scholarship funded by the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust.   

Michael plays on a J B Vuillaume cello (1846) on generous loan from a private individual.

Press reviews

“He has his audience hooked from the very first note … it's all there: a meltingly warm, smooth tone, an easy virtuosity, a captivating musical temperament and a direct eloquence, as if speaking through his instrument.”

Die Welte / Hamburg Kleinen Saal der Laeszhalle / January 2015

“The interpretation of the concerto, especially the cadenzas, but also the understanding between the soloist and the orchestra, was superb.”

South Wales Argus / Haydn Concerto in D with Sinfonia Cymru / October 2017

“Michael Petrov plays with the bravura and calm assurance of a long-established maestro. At his recent performance of Shostakovich’s 1st Cello Concerto at the Barbican Petrov dominated the orchestra effortlessly.”

The Daily Telegraph / New Music – Ivan Hewett / June 2014
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