Biography

Born into a family of musicians, Martin Panteleev took his first violin lessons at the age of four. From 1983 to 1995 he studied at "Lyubomir Pipkov" National School of Music in his home town of Sofia. He continued his education at the Bulgarian State Academy of Music in the violin class of Prof. J. Radionoff, while also studying conducting and composition with Maestro Vassil Kazandjiev and Prof. Plamen Djourov.

Prof. Vladi Simeonoff recognized Panteleev's musical talent already in 1985 inviting him to lead the "Young Philharmonie Pioneer". With just nine years of age he played his first concerts in Italy, Greece, Brazil and Russia.

Since 1999 as associate conductor of the prestigious „Philharmonia of the Nations“ founded by
Leonard Bernstein and Justus Frantz, he performed in excess of 1,000 concerts with the orchestra in
Europe, Asia and the USA.

After his Debut with Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in 2004, he was invited as principal guest conductor and from 2011/2012 season he is named new chief conductor of the orchestra.

Martin Panteleev has worked with over 30 different orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Berliner Symphoniker, Johannesburg Philharmonic OrchestraNetherlands Symphony OrchestraSchleswig-Holstein SinfonieorchesterOrchestra of Stadttheater Trier, Orquesta Symphonica di Lecce and many others. He appeared in concert halls such as Amsterdam´s Royal Concertgebouw, Berliner Philharmonie, Grand Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory. Festival appearances include Rheingau Musikfestival, MDR Musiksommer and Schleswig-Holsten Musikfestival.


After a very successful tour of the USA with Sofia Festival Orchestra in 2008, Panteleev returned to the U.S. to conduct an 18-city tour in 2011 with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra who made history as the first African orchestra in the history performing in the USA. Since 2012 Panteleev is Principal Guest Conductor of the orchestra.

Martin Panteleev is also a prolific composer, having written three Symphonies for big symphony orchestra, Cantata for choir, orchestra and soloists "Planet Steps", Percussion concerto and others. His compositions were performed in Germany, China, South Africa, Bulgaria and Macedonia.

Awards:

"J.Brahms chamber music competition" Sofia 1994
The special "Bela Bartok Prize" Sofia, 1994.
The composition prize at the "Earth and People" International Competition Sofia 1995.
Special prize for the best performance of a work by Schubert at the same competition.
Nomination for the "Davidoff Prix" 2000.
Distinguished Award by the Bulgarian Ministry of culture, 2007.

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