Shrewsbury School

Music: A double win for Galin Ganchev at the Trefeglwys Eisteddfod

Monday 3 October 2011

Galin Ganchev (M IV) won two classes on the piano in the Trefeglwys Eisteddfod on Saturday evening, winning both the Under 16 and the Open Instrumental classes, against what Gareth Jenkins, Galin's guardian in the UK, described as some 'extremely stiff' opposition.

The adjudicator at the competition had apparently already heard about Galin from musical contact within Bulgaria, where the story of his having come to a British public school has made headlines.

Please follow the link to see Galin's performance at the International Eisteddfod Competition: .  

Along with six other Salopians, Galin is taking part in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. He will also be performing the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor with the school's symphony orchestra at the St Cecilia Weekend Concerts.  These concerts take place in the Alington Hall at 7.30pm on November 12th and 13th 2011.

Galin GanchevGalin's biography and route to Shrewsbury is a truly remarkable one, that bears repeating here:

Galin was born into a musical family.  His father Gancho is a conductor as well as a musical director and his mother Miglena is a professional pianist and vocal coach.  The family’s musical tradition goes back to his maternal grandparents, with grandfather Shisho being a viola player and conductor, and his grandmother Marijka a violinist.

Galin Ganchev Ganchev began his piano studies at the age of six and later underwent more formal tuition under the tutelage of private piano teacher Eli Chor badjijska for six years at the ‘Dobri Hristov National School of Arts' in Varna.  At the age of twelve, Galin continued his piano studies for a further year with Stanislava Stavreva and since September 2010 he has been studying with the internationally acclaimed Anglo-Italian pianist Peter Bradley-Fulgoni at Shrewsbury School.

Galin’s love of the performing arts grew during the eight years he spent taking part in rehearsals and performances for the ‘Varna Children’s Opera’, directed by his parents, Gancho and Miglena.  Galin had the opportunity to take some principal parts, such as, for instance, The Kid from Charlie Chaplin’s film of that name.  “It was such a big part of my life to be included in such an artistic family as that of the ‘Varna Children’s Opera”, Galin says, with a smile on his face.

Whilst in Bulgaria Galin took part in numerous concerts and competitions winning a special prize at the Sofia ‘Young Virtuosi Competition’ in April 2009, for his performance of the ‘Chaconne and 21 Variations’ by Handel, a work which he later performed in the competition’s Prize-Winners' Concert in Varna.  Galin then took part in the competition ‘Magic – for German and Austrian piano music’ as well as taking part in a master-class in Varna given by the internationally renowned British concert pianist Michael Roll.  Galin went on to perform in the subsequent concert organised for a select group of pianists chosen from amongst all those taking part in the master-class. 

In May 2009 Galin, was invited to play at an ‘International Charity Concert’ in the United Kingdom organised by the noted Shropshire benefactor Gareth Jenkins.  There he had the opportunity to perform alongside a number of well-known musicians, including Phillip Griffiths, Stephen Garner, Susie Allan and John Moore.

Subsequent to his performance at the concert, Galin received an invitation to study the piano with the internationally acclaimed Anglo-Italian pianist Peter Bradley-Fulgoni at the Music Department at Shrewsbury School, and in February 2010 Galin travelled to the United Kingdom and auditioned successfully for a music scholarship at Shrewsbury School, which he took up in September 2010.

Now only his love of the piano has surpassed everything that he has achieved previously. “My desire to practise the piano and give concerts has led me to the threshold of what promises to be a fascinating and magical life.  I love to make my  audiences experience the works of music I perform at the deepest emotional level. 

When I sit at the piano I immediately feel at one with it, and such a feeling of ‘unity’ with the instrument cannot be explained by anything other than the language of music itself.”

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