“The modern Internet technologies give perfect opportunities to be in contact with musicians all over the world. Teaching via Internet is an excellent opportunity to share my knowledge and my experience as a piano player and professor, and reach more young people. The interpretation could be discussed with students, using parts of scientific books or Internet publications too. In general, I’m very happy to have such an opportunity to exchange piano experience with pianists in other countries in a faster and modern way.” – Rostislav Yovchev
Royal Koninklijk Conservatoire, Brussels
Pancho Vladigerov Music Academy, Sofia
Rostislav Yovchev is a current Piano Professor at the Pancho Vladigerov Music Academy in Sofia, and a Head of the Piano Faculty in the Theory Department. Between 2002-2004 Rostislav acted as a piano professor at the “Institute Superieure de Musique” in Sousse, Tunisia.
In 1984 he finished his Bachelor and Master degrees at the Pancho Vladigerov Music Academy. Later on, he did his specialisation at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels in piano, piano concerto, chamber music and song accompaniment.
Laureate of the following international competitions:
- Third prize at the International Competition in Salerno, Italy, 1981.
- First prize at National Competition “Karol Szymanowski”, 1982.
- Third prize at the International Competition “Pilar Bayona” – Spain – 1983.
- The only prize in the competition for the best performance of Spanish music from the course in Santiago de Compostela, 1984.
- Winner of the “Cristal Lyre” of the Union of Bulgarian Musicians and Dancers in two categories: “Instrumentalists” and “Music critic” 2011
Rostislav Yovchev actively performs as a soloist and chamber musician in Germany, Belgium, Spain, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Cyprus, Turkey, South Korea , Tunisia and others. He takes part in the most prestigious festivals in Bulgaria and abroad such as “Salon des Arts”, “Sofia Music Weeks”, “Apollonia”, “Music in October in Carthage”, Tunisia and others. He gives masterclasses in Bulgaria, Korea, Romania, Turkey, Italy.
Rostislav has numerous recordings for national radios in Sofia, Warsaw, Berlin and Zaragoza. His released CDs include performances of the solo piano works by Bulgarian composer Andrei Stoyanov, and chamber music works by Azerbaijanian composer Hatira Caferwith. He is in the jury panel of the following national competitions – “Obretenov”, “Classical and Contemporary”, “Liszt – Bartok”, “Andrei Stoyanov” and others. His repertoire covers all styles and ages including some substantial and rarely performed works such as “Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli” by Beethoven, The Great Sonata of Tchaikovsky, Suite “Iberia” by Isaac Albeniz, almost all solo works by Bela Bartok and many Bulgarian works.
In 2013, he received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Music producing a theme related to the Bulgarian piano music.