“A truly international pianist”, “fascinatingly versatile”, “among the piano elite” – these are some of the ways in which the press has extolled the musicianship of Georgi Slavchev. Furthermore, “he doesn't ‘only’ play the piano; he simultaneously identifies with the music, breathes life into the compositions, and makes them an experience for the listener in an impressive manner”.
Winner of numerous national, international and concerto piano competitions, Dr. Slavchev has performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and been a soloist with orchestras in Europe. Performances in the United States include soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra. His active professional career has called him to perform in countries on three continents.
Born into a family of concert pianists, Georgi’s musical guidance has come from some of the most respected musicians in the world today. Studying with Julia Girginova he became one of the foremost pianists of his generation in Bulgaria. Winning full scholarships, his studies continued in the USA and Europe with major teachers including John Perry and Sergei Babayan; he also worked with Paul Schenly, Nelms McKelvain, Aube Tzerko, Lazar Berman, Leon Fleisher, Arie Vardi. He was conferred degrees “with distinction” from Idyllwild Arts Academy, Rice University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2005 he received the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, where he was an Assistant Lecturer and was awarded the “highest distinction of the keyboard department” in his graduation class.
Dr. Slavchev maintains an active schedule as a soloist and chamber musician. He has collaborated with conductors including Jahja Ling, Tadeusz Strugala, Ruslan Raychev and Steven Smith, and with instrumentalists Paul Katz (cello) and Ulf Rodenhauser (clarinet).
Eurocom has released two compact disks; the 2005 CD, titled Sonatas and Ballades, features works by Scarlatti, Haydn, Brahms, Liszt and Shostakovich. His solo and concerto performances have often been recorded and aired on major TV and radio stations in Bulgaria and on classical radio stations in the USA.
In 2005, in recognition of his sustained international acclaim, the U.S. government declared Georgi an “alien of extraordinary ability in the arts” granting him U.S. residency. This prestigious status is reserved for the small percentage of artists who have risen to the very top of their field globally.
Living in Los Angeles, when not on concert engagements, Georgi composes pieces and soundtracks, using conventional acoustic instruments as well as the latest innovations in the electro-acoustic medium. He teaches at the university level and presents masters classes in both Europe and the U.S. His ability to draw out the precision and emotion of the music in his students has resulted in his students being international competition prizewinners.
Each concert season, “Slavchev's technical brilliance and his ability to shape a work that seems to derive from an almost ideal interpretation” continue to elevate his “audiences to exceptionally high spirits”.