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A master at the piano returns to Paphos

Pianist Romeo Smilkov will return to Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre in Paphos on Thursday to once again enchant the audience with his effortless playing of a number of classics.

Coming from Bulgaria, Smilkov will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Joseph Haydn, Franz Liszt, Sergei Rachmaninov, Nikolay Stoykov and a first performance of the work A Prayer by Dimiter Nenov.

Smilkov is one of the most outstanding pianists of his generation. His vast repertoire spans from Frescobaldi to Ligeti. He is a passionate performer of contemporary Bulgarian composers such as Dimitar Nenov, Pancho Vladigerov, Lazar Nikolov, Ivan Spassov, Nikolay Stoykov, Vladimir Pantchev and Georgi Arnaudov. Many compositions have been written especially for him.

The pianist is a graduate of the National Music Academy Prof. Pancho Vladigerov in Sofia. He has won numerous international and national prizes such as first prize at the Salerno Piano Competition in Italy in 1979, second prize at the Razgrad Piano Competition, Bulgaria, in 1984 and third prize at the Liszt-Bartok Competition in 1989, which was organised by The Hungarian Cultural Centre in Sofia. More recently he received the Golden Muse from the Russian Cultural Centre in Sofia.

Since 1991, Smilkov has been teaching Piano Instrumental Art at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. In 2008 he was appointed Associate Professor in Piano Art and since 2014 he has been a piano Professor at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts and at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia.

In 2012 he obtained his PhD for theoretical research on the piano compositions of the Bulgarian composer Nikolay Stoykov. He has published three books as a result of his research in the field of Bulgarian clavier music. He has released three solo albums for recording companies and in March 2016 he recorded the piano works of the Bulgarian pianist and composer Dimitar Nenov in Fazioli Hall in Sasile, Italy for the Greek label Arco.

Piano Recital
Recital with Romeo Smilkov. June 21. Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre, Paphos. 8.30pm. €7/12. Tel: 70-002420

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