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Ivaylo Vassilev


Ivaylo Vassilev was born on 23.09.2007 in Sofia, in a non-musical family, and started playing a toy-piano on his own at the age of 4. When he was 6, in 2014, he started as a student of prof. Emilia Kaneva in the National School of Music in Sofia.

He has an impressive collection of prizes already.
Since 2015 he has attended many competitions and has been awarded at all of them, though usually being the youngest participant there. Below is the list of his awards in descending chronological order:

- 4-th place and a special prize for the best “Russian Music” performance at the 6-th International Festival and Competition “Viktor Merdzhanov” (Kyustendil - 2017), category up to 17 y.o. (age 9)
- Grand Prix – global online “Enkor International Music Competition 2017”, section “Piano“, age group A – up to 10 y.o., with the highest score amongst all the participants up to 25 y.o.
- I prize – global online “Great Composers Competition 2017” series, section “The Music of 19th Century“, age group II
- Participant (10 participants are invited in each age group after a tough preliminary audition) in the 4-th International Festival-competition "Astana Piano Passion 2017", Astana, Kazakhstan - under the patronage of Denis Matsuev (Astana - 2017)
- I prize – 5-th National competition „Way to Fame“ and the special prize for the best Russian piece performance from Russian Cultural Centre (Sofia – 2017)
- II prize - 4-th Cesar Franck International Piano Competition (Brussels – 2016)
- Laureate in "Children Laureates" – part of "Piano Extravaganza 2016" festival - with Lyudmil Angelov (Sofia - 2016)
- Winner - 16-th "M√ľnchner Klavierpodium" and 6 (all but one) special prizes: Virtuoso, Beautiful Piano Tone, Scarlatti, Steinway-Haus, Gourary Academie, Chance Festival (Munich – 2016)
- III prize - 12-th International Competition "Young Virtuosos" (Sofia – 2016), category up to 11 y.o. (age 8)
- Laureat – 1-st Stage4Kids Festival (Hamburg – 2016)
- II prize - 48-th International competition "Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte" (Usti-nad-Labem – 2015)
- I prize - 2-nd International competition "New Pianists", Russian Cultural Centre (Sofia – 2015 )

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