PAVEL ZLATAROV is the concertmaster of the Sofia Philharmonic and one of the most outstanding representatives of the Bulgarian violin school. His training was under the guidance of the distinguished pedagogues prof. Mincho Minchev, prof. Dora Ivanova, Lyudmila Ivanova. He graduated from the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music, got a Master’s degree in conducting from the Board of the Royal Schools of Music – London and is often invited as a guest conductor at the children’s educational concerts of the “Fortissimo Family” programme.
He won 3rd prize at the International Pancho Vladigerov Competition for Violinists and Pianists in Shumen, 1999. In the same year he was nominated by the listeners of the “Allegro Vivace” program of the Bulgarian National Radio for the “Young Musician of the Year”.
Pavel Zlatarov appears as a soloist of the Sofia Philharmonic and other orchestras in Bulgaria. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed many times in Japan. From 2002 to 2005 he was invited as guest concertmaster of the Fondazione Toscanini (Parma, Italy), where he participated in symphonic and operatic projects with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, José Cura, Romano Gandolfi, Gianluigi Gellmetti. He has toured in South Korea and Kyrgyzstan. On the stage of Bulgaria Hall he has given chamber concerts together with distinguished performers such as Plamena Mangova, Jean Bernard – Pomier, Boris Brovtsin, Alexander Buzlov.
With the Helios String Quartet, of which he is a founding member and first violinist, he gave concerts in Tunisia and France and recorded a string quartet by Milcho Leviev for the composer’s CD. Since 2018 he has been the primarinus of the Philharmonica String Quartet, which has established itself as a highly recognisable chamber ensemble with a permanent presence in the Sofia Philharmonic season and the programmes of some of the most prestigious Bulgarian music festivals and invariably attracts large audiences with its intriguing concert programmes.