Alexander Somov - cello

Alexander Somov was born in Sofia and studied at the National Music School with Stefan Rounevsky.

At the age of 15, he made his concerto débuts in Bulgaria and Germany, recorded the Tchaikovsky Rococo variations and premièred the Concierto de España by Angel Escudero on consecutive tours of Spain with the National Youth Orchestra. Winning the Young Musical Talents and the international Music and Earth competitions, Alexander also performed in Greece, Italy, Serbia and Israel. 

Alexander continued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Stefan Popov where in 1998 he became the first East-European recipient of the Gold Medal- the Guildhall School's highest award. Other first prizes to his name include The Royal Overseas League, the International Alexander Tansman Competition (Lodz, Poland), and the POSK and Martin Trust International Competitions- London. 

Since then Alexander has performed to critical acclaim concertos by Dvorak, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Shostakovich, Haydn, Boccherini, Strauss, Beethoven, Brahms, Turnage and Gulda, with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Northern Sinfonia, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Stadtkapelle Achern, Bulgarian National Radio, the Sofia and the Varna Philharmonic etc, conducted by Thierry Fischer, Paul McCreesh, Thomas Zehetmair, Marc Albrecht, David Parry, Peter Ounjian, Lionel Bringuier, James MacMillan, Theodore Guschlbauer, Vasil Kazandjiev, Martin Panteleev, Yordan Dafov and Milen Nachev, among others. 

As chamber musician and recitalist, Alexander has appeared with Thomas Zehetmair, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Tasmin Little, Boris Garlitsky, John York, Nathan Williamson, Bogdana Popova, Lucy Jeal, Venera Bojkova and Manfredo Gracia, at venues across the UK including the Wigmore Hall, St. John's Smith Square and the Sage Gateshead, as well as in France, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Cyprus, Mexico and Bulgaria. 

Currently Alexander Somov holds the position of Violoncelle Super Soliste of the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra. He was Principal of the Royal Northern Sinfonia from 2000-2006. Full-time professor at the Strasbourg Conservatoire and Academie Supérieure between 2006-2013, he also gives regular masterclasses in Sofia, Strasbourg, Ringamåla (Sweden) and Flaine (France, this year's one taking place in early August). 

Since 2002, Alexander is regularly invited as guest principal cello with the London Philharmonic, London Symphony, the Philharmonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Hallé and English Chamber orchestras. Alexander has solo recordings for Naxos/Marco Polo, Gega New label, the BBC, Bulgarian National TV and Radio, Polish Radio and Radio Valencia.

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