In his creative activity, Martin Georgiev has worked as a composer and conductor with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London; The Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra; the London Mozart Players; the National Orchestra of Belgium; Kamerorkest van het Noorden, The Netherlands; London’s Bloomsbury Opera, Aldeburgh, United Kingdom – Benjamin Britten Opera House; Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, Belgium; Azalea Ensemble, London; Manson Ensemble, London; the London Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra, as well as leading Bulgarian orchestras – the Sofia Philharmonic, the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Varna Philharmonic and others. Since 2013 he is Assistant Conductor with the Royal Ballet at ROH Covent Garden, London, and since 2018, guest conductor of the Royal Ballet of Birmingham, conducting world premieres of new ballet works and classical productions, both in London and in other cities in England. In 2010-11 he was a Resident Composer of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London, under the Young Composers Program of the British Sound and Music Association, and in 2012-13 he was a “Composer of Heidelberg”, a resident composer of the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, which performed under the direction of the composer the premiere of his symphonic work The Secret, commissioned by the City Council at the initiative of the General Music Director, Jordan Kamdzhalov.

Georgiev is also a postgraduate Conducting alumnus of the Royal Academy of Music where he studied orchestra conducting with Colin Metters, Sir Colin Davis and George Hurst. He was awarded with the Fred Southall Memorial Prize for Conducting by the Royal Academy and scholarships by the ABRSM, the Royal Academy of Music, National Culture Fund of Bulgaria, the Municipality of the City of Varna and St Cyril and Methodius International Foundation. Martin Georgiev has completed his docotorate in composition at the Royal Academy of Music and the University of London, in 2013. His doctoral research with principal supervisor Dr. Philip Cashian and subsidiary consultants: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Julian Anderson and Colin Mathews. His doctoral study (2008-2012) was supported by scholarships from the Wingate Foundation, Alan&Nesta Ferguson Trust and Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust. A central feature in his thesis was the development of his signature compositional technique, s. c. ‘Morphing Modality’ – a specific approach to modality and harmony based on fundamental principles from the theory and practice of Bulgarian-Orthodox and Byzantine Chant tradition, inspired by the technique of ‘morphing images’ from the visual arts, and informed by Musical Cognitive and Perceptive Psychology, and Psychoaccoustics.  He graduated with full honors Conducting with prof. Plamen Djouroff, Composition with Prof. Krassimir Taskov and Percussion Instruments with prof. Tatiana Karparova at the Bulgarian National Academy of Music “Professor Pancho Vladigerov”, Sofia. With Acad. Prof.  Vassil Kazandjiev he completed a course in conducting within the three-year ABRSM program in Sofia, resulting in his being awarded international scholarship by the Board for the completion of his master’s degree in London. Georgiev graduated from the Dobri Hristov National School of Arts in his native Varna with a National Diploma from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, “for special achievements and distinctions in the field of music”,  and majoring in  Percussion Instruments with Dalila Nedelcheva and Composition and Conducting with Prof. Milko Kolarov.

His compositions have been performed in concerts and broadcast in Bulgaria, the United Kingdom, Germany, the USA, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Greece, Italy, Spain, Poland, Russia, Israel, orchestras such as the Brussels Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra , London, Belgian National Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Kamerorkest van het Noorden, Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra London, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Michel Tabachnik, Fabien Gabel, Pascal Rophé, Rossen Milanov, Jessica Cottis,  Vania Moneva, Dian Tchobanov, Franck Ollu, Keith Bragg, Plamen Markov, etc.  In 2016, ICSM Records label released in London his authorial album Genesis featuring symphonic works of his own in the performance of the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra and soloist Tatiana Koleva under the direction of the composer, highly acclaimed by the music periodicals in Europe and America. His music has also been released by Honey Rock Publishers, USA and Toccatta Classics, UK.

Georgiev is laureate of the Grand Prize for Symphonic Composition dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of the Sofia National Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003 and is a laureate of the International Composers’ Forum TACTUS in Brussels, Belgium, where his works featured in the selection in 2004, 2008 and 2011. He is the recipient of the orchestral commission prize in memory of Sir Henry Wood by the Royal Academy of Music, London, in 2011; he was a finalist of the Hindemith Prize of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany (2011) .

As a percussion soloist he is recipient of 15 prizes from national and international competitions, having performed works for percussion instruments and orchestra with the Bulgarian National Radio, the Plovdiv and Varna Philharmonic Orchestras, including premieres of new concertos, as well as recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio.


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