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Svetlin Roussev(Bulgaria / France)

1st Prizewinner of the 1st SIMC Violin Section

Born in Ruse (Bulgaria) in 1976, Roussev entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where he studied in the classes of Gérard Poulet, Dévy Erlih and Jean-Jacques Kantorow. In 1994 he was unanimously awarded a premier prix for violin “summa cum laude” and premier prix for chamber music.

Roussev’s international career was launched in 2001 when he took the top prize at the 1st Sendai International Competition in Japan, as well as a Special Audience Prize and a Special Prize for his interpretation of a Bach concerto. He is also a prize winner of numerous international competitions, including Indianapolis, Long-Thibaud and Melbourne.

Roussev is a regular guest soloist with the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra, Bulgarian National Symphony Orchestra and Ankara Presidential Orchestra. He has appeared on stages around the world under the baton of such conductors as Myung-Whun Chung, Leon Fleisher, Yehudi Menuhin, Marek Janowski, John Axelrod, François-Xavier Roth, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Denis Russel-Davies, Leo Hussain and Emil Tabakov.

He is also a dedicated chamber musician, performing regularly with Myung-Whun Chung, Jean-Marc Luisada, Philippe Cassard, Jean-Philippe Collard, Eric Le Sage, Nikolaj Znaider, Antoine Tamestit, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Gary Hoffman, Jian Wang, Arto Noras, Xavier Philips, François Leleux and Paul Meyer.

Roussev has received particular critical acclaim for his recording of pieces by Pancho Vladiguerov with the pianist Elena Rozanova. His discography also includes Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s “Concerto Funèbre” with the Orchestre d’Auvergne, works in the Franco-Belgian school of violin, sonatas by Grieg and Medtner, and concertos of Sibelius and Vladiguerov.

He is at the position of concertmaster of Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (2005- ) and has served as a concertmaster of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (2007-2015). He is also a professor at his alma mater, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris.

Roussev plays the Stradivarius 1710 “Camposelice” violin kindly loaned by the Nippon Music Foundation.