As a professional teacher, I am always endeavoring to give as much help and advice as I can. I am enthusiastic, ambitious and reliable. I’m always punctual and when I start something I aim to see it through the very end. I love nothing more than to see my student's real progress and to achieve the very best they can. I accomplish this by drawing up an individual learning plan for my students, creating an enjoyable and very friendly atmosphere and providing motivational mentoring to assist my students in achieving their educational goals.My personal strengths such as creativity, patience, and passion for music are what I endeavor to bring into any piano lesson and I aspire to develop each and every student musically. My current teaching goals are to provide a solid educational music appreciation in all of my students and a well-rounded learning experience for them, such as the importance of an unwavering and accurate reading and understanding of the musical score. Vassil is fully DSB checked and part of Wandsworth Music Service.
Born in 1993 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Vassil Nachev began studying piano at the age of eight. Soon after that he entered the National School of Music and Dance Arts ‘Dobrin Petkov’ where graduated in 2012. He completed his Masters in Performance with Distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, under the guidance of Ronan O’Hora and Martin Roscoe. In June 2016, Vassil completed his Bachelor degree with First Class Honours at the prestigious Royal College of Music in London, studying with Dmitri Alexeev and Dina Parakhina, two of the world’s most highly regarded artists. He has also taken part in master classes with pianists including Michel Beroff, John Nakamatzu, James Giles, Micha Dichter, Angela Brownridge, Joaquin Soriano, Balasz Szokolay etc. In 2017 Vassil started collaboration with the Bulgarian pianist Viktoriya Peneva forming a very promising duo partnership.
Vassil’s teaching experience started in 2012 as a deputy of prof. Elena Vlecheva at the National School of Music and Dance in his hometown. After moving to London he is continuously teaching privately, as well as in a private schools. He is preparing students all levels and ages for ABRSM, Trinity and theory exams, competitions as well as preparation for entering one of the UK conservatories. During 2007-2012 he has been prize winner of numerous international junior piano competitions, including: Citta di Moncalier, Marco Fortini (Italy), Nikolai Rubinstein, FLAME (France), Carl Filtch (Romania), Young Virtuosos (Bulgaria), Schumann-Brahms (Bulgaria) and Eastern Music Festival Piano Competition (USA). In 2007, the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture awarded Vassil the Diploma for High Creative Achievement.
In 2008, as a guest soloist with the ‘Dobrin Petkov’ Chamber Orchestra, Vassil made his concerto debut in a performance of the Concerto in D minor by J.S. Bach. Between 2009 and 2012 he had the opportunity becoming soloist with the Plovdiv State Symphony Orchestra annually, performing Mozart Piano Concerto in G, KV453, Liszt’s Totentanz, Liszt Piano Concerto No.2, and Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.2. Thanks to the Bulgarian scientist prof. Minko Balkanski, he presented a series of several concerts in Paris (2012) and in 2011 he participated in the 50th anniversary season of the Eastern Music Festival (USA), awarded with a full scholarship supported by Steinway & Sons.
Vassil continues to give many recitals both internationally and in the UK, but the highlight until this point has been his performance at the legendary John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, in Washington DC (USA).
He has performed in other venues such as: Dana Hall-Greensboro-NC (USA), Oratorio di San Rocco-Bologna (Italy), Festetics Castle in Hungary, Bulgarian Embassy in Paris (France), National Opera House (Bulgaria), National Dramatic Theatre- Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Bulgarian National Radio and TV (Bulgaria), French Cultural Institute in Sofia (Bulgaria), Balabanov’s House- Plovdiv, St George’s Hanover Square- London, Charlton House- London, Drill Hall – Faversham (UK), St. Michael’s – Sittingbourne (UK), Pallant House Gallery- Chichester (UK), Steinway Hall- London, Milton Court Concert Hall in London, Barbican Centre etc.
E d u c a t i o n
PhD in Music ( Full analysis of three Bulgarian composers- I.Spassov, K.Iliev and L.Nikolov and their influence in the worlds contemporary music) at the Royal Academy of Music (2018-2022)
Master in Music in Performance – Distinction- at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, under the guidance of Professor Ronan O'HORA and Martin ROSCOE London, (2016-2017)
Bachelor of Music at the Royal College of Music – First Class Honours (Foundation Scholar, supported by a Gordon Calway Stone Scholar) studying with one of the world's most highly regarded artists, Professor Dmitri ALEXEEV, London, (2012-2014) and Professor Dina PARAKHINA London, (2014-2016)
High Music School Diploma and Golden Medal at the National School for Music and Dance Art “Dobrin Petkov” studied with Prof. Elena VELCHEVA – Head of Keyboard at the NSMDA “Dobrin Petkov” Plovdiv (Bulgaria) (2004-2012)
T e a c h I n g E x p e r I e n c e
September 2010 – June 2012
Piano teacher for children age 7-18 at National School of Music and Dance Art in Plovdiv (Bulgaria)
September 2012- present
Private piano tutor for children and adults in London in collaboration with Teaching Service at the Royal College of Music, London Music Centre, Fireworks Music School, Boyan Maga School in London
I have prepared students for ABRSM exams, as well as certificates and diplomas in music and international junior piano competition. They have shown excellent results.
Occasionally deputizing prof. Dina Parakhina at the Royal College of Music
September 2016- 2017
Piano teacher at The Music School in Wanstead- teaching children age 4-16 (beginners, intermediate and advanced) preparing for ABRSM and Trinity exams.
September 2017 – present
Piano teacher at Wandsworth Music Service
Piano teacher at John Burns Primary School.
P e r f o r m a n c e E x p e r i e n c e
Solo, with Orchestra and Chamber Music, Master Classes
Legendary John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts Washington DC (USA), Dana Hall-Greensboro-NC (USA), Oratorio di San Rocco-Bologna (Italy), Festetics Castle in Hungary, Bulgarian Embassy in Paris (France), National Opera House (Bulgaria), National Academy for Music and Dance Art- (Bulgaria), National Music School “Dobrin Petkov”- Plovdiv (Bulgaria), National Dramatic Theatre- Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Bulgarian National Radio (Bulgaria), National History Museum-Plovdiv Bulgaria, National Bulgarian Television in Sofia (Bulgaria), French Cultural Institute in Sofia (Bulgaria), Drill Hall- Faversham (UK), St George’s Hanover Square- London , Charlton House – London, Stainway Hall- London, St. Michael's in Sittingbourne, Pallant Gallery in Chichester, Barbican Concert Hall.
In 2008 - concert debut as soloist in a performance of the Concerto for Piano BWV 1052 d-moll by J.S .Bach with the Chamber Orchestra Dobrin Petkov.
In 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014 as soloist with the Plovdiv State Symphony Orchestra and performed W.A.Mozart Piano Concerto KV453 G-dur, F.Liszt- Totentanz, Second Piano Concerto, S.Prokofiev – Second Piano Concerto op.16.
Master Classes with : Misha Dichter, Jon Nakamatsu (USA),Michel Beroff(France), Balazs Szokolay (Hungary),Tamara Poddubnaya(Russia), James Giles (USA) , Atanas Kurtev, Milena Mollova (Bulgaria) Vanessa Latarche (UK) Joaquin Soriano (Spain)
Awards and Qualifications
2007 International Piano Competition- Young Virtuosos- Sofia, (Bulgaria) - Second Prize
2008 International Piano Competition- Carl Filtch- Sibiu, (Romania) - Third Prize
2008 International Piano Competition- Nicolai Rubinstein, Paris, (France) – Second Prize (category –Superior)
2009 International Piano Competition- Citta di Moncalieri, Torino, (Italy)–First Prize
2009 International Piano Competition –FLAME, Paris, (France) – First Prize
2010 International Piano Competition –Marco Fortini, Bologna, (Italy)–First Prize
2011 International Piano Competition – EMF, (NC), (USA)– Third Prize and Special prize for the Best performance of F.Liszt- Apres une lecture de Dante- Sonata Fantasia
2012 International Piano Competition- Schumann-Brahms, Plovdiv, (Bulgaria) - Grand Prix and Special Prize of arch. Ekaterina Velcheva.
In 2007, awarded the designation for High Creative Achievement by the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture.
In 2011, participated in 50 Anniversary of Eastern Music Festival- (NC, USA) fully supported by Steinway&Sons
In 2012, Certificate from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria for Professional Qualification (for acquiring of the musician profession)
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