Emanuil Ivanov


Emanuil Ivanov attracted international attention after receiving the First prize at the 2019 Ferruccio Busoni Piano Competition in Italy. This achievement was followed by concert engagements in some of the world’s most prestigious halls including Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Herculessaal in Munich and the Great Hall of the Saint Petersburg philharmonic.

Emanuil Ivanov was born in 1998 in the town of Pazardzhik, Bulgaria. From an early age he demonstrated a keen interest and love for music. He regards the presence of symphonic music, especially that of Gustav Mahler, as tremendously influential in his musical upbringing during his childhood. He started piano lessons with Galina Daskalova in his hometown around the age of seven. He later studied in and graduated from the Bertolt Brecht language high school in Pazardzhik. Ivanov studied with renowned bulgarian pianist Atanas Kurtev from 2013 to 2018. He is currently studying on a full scholarship at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire under the tutelage of Pascal Nemirovski and Anthony Hewitt.

Ivanov has won prizes in competitions such as “Alessandro Casagrande”, “Scriabin-Rachmaninoff”, “Pavel Serebryakov”, “Liszt-Bartok”, “Young virtuosos” and “Jeunesses International Music Competition Dinu Lipatti”. He was also awarded the honorary Crystal lyre and the Young Musician of the Year Award – some of the most prestigious awards in Bulgaria.

His participations in masterclasses include those of Dmitri Bashkirov, Dmitri Alexeev, Stephen Hough, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Peter Donohoe, etc.
In February 2021, at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Ivanov performed a solo recital in Milan’s famous Teatro alla Scala. The concert was live-streamed online and is a major highlight in the artist’s career.

Emanuil Ivanov has also performed at many festivals in Bulgaria and has also given solo recitals in France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Cyprus, the United Kingdom and Poland. He has played with leading orchestras in Bulgaria and Italy.

During the 2021/2022 concert season Ivanov is scheduled to perform in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, including Herkulessaal in Munich and the Great Hall of the Saint Petersburg philharmonic.

Concerto Repertoire

Johann Sebastian Bach

  •  Keyboard concerto no.3 in D major, BWV 105

Ludwig van Beethoven 

  • Piano concerto no.1 in C major, op.15
  • Piano concerto no.2 in B-flat major, op.19
  • Piano concerto no.3 in C minor, op.37
  • Piano concerto no.5 in E-flat major, op.73
  • Triple concerto in C major, op.56 

Johannes Brahms 

  • Piano concerto no.2 in B-flat major, op.83

Frederic Chopin 

  • Piano concerto no.1 in E minor, op.11

George Gershwin

  • Piano concerto in F

Edvard Grieg

  • Piano concerto in A minor, op.16

Joseph Haydn

  • Piano concerto no.11 in D major, Hob. XVIII/11

Franz Liszt

  • Piano concerto no.1 in E-flat major, S. 124

Felix Mendelssohn

  • Piano concerto no.1 in G minor, op.25

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

  • Piano concerto no.9 in E-flat major, K. 271
  • Piano concerto no.12 in A major, K. 414
  • Piano concerto no.17 in G major, K. 453
  • Piano concerto no.20 in D minor, K. 466
  • Piano concerto no.23 in A major, K. 488

Sergei Rachmaninoff 

  • Piano concerto no.1 in F-sharp minor, op.1
  • Piano concerto no.2 in C minor, op.18
  • Piano concerto no.3 in D minor, op.30

Maurice Ravel 

  • Piano concerto in G major
  • Piano concerto for the left hand

Camille Saint-Saëns 

  • Piano concerto no.2 in G minor, op.22
  • Piano concerto no.5 in F major, op.103

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 

  • Piano concerto no.1 in B-flat minor, op.23

Pancho Vladigerov 

  • Piano Concerto no.4 in G major, op.48


October 2022


Boris Christov House of Culture, Plovdiv, Bulgaria Brahms – Piano Concerto no.2 with State Opera Plovdiv symphony orchestra


Shumen concert hall, Shumen, Bulgaria Brahms – Piano Concerto no.2 with Shumen Symphony Orchestra

September 2022


Apollonia amphitheatre, Sozopol, Bulgaria Song recital with Ina Kancheva – Debussy, Medtner, Chopin, Martucci


Bulgaria Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria Solo recital – programme TBA


West Meon Music Festival, West Meon, UK Solo recital – Beethoven, Busoni, Scriabin, Chopin/Liszt, Liszt

August 2022


Konzerthaus Bozen, Bolzano, Italy Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 1 with Mahler Academy Orchestra and Pablo Heras-Casado

July 2022


Solinaria Open Stage, Sozopol, Bulgaria Solo recital - Beethoven, Scriabin, Busoni, Trenet/Weissenberg, Liszt

June 2022


Coronation Hall, Ulverston, UK Frederic Rzewski – The people united will never be defeated!


Coronation Hall, Ulverston, UK Two-piano recital with Anthony Hewitt – Mozart, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Poulenc


Polish Cultural Institute, Sofia, Bulgaria Solo recital - Frédéric Chopin, Frederic Rzewski

May 2022


Great Hall of Saint Petersburg philharmonic, with Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra– Saint-Saëns 5


Konzerthaus Bozen, Bolzano with Orchestra Haydn – Mendelssohn 1


Teatro Auditorium, Trento with Orchestra Haydn – Mendelssohn 1

March 2022


Bulgaria hall, Sofia, with Sofia philharmonic – Saint-Saëns 5


Bolzano, Società dei Concerti


Imola, itlay


Lamezia Terme – Teatro Grandinetti, Lamezia Terme, Italy


Herkulessaal, Munich

December 2021


Pistoia with Orchestra Leonore


Teatro Alighieri, Ravenna with Orchestra Leonore


Kiel, Germany – Ansgarkirche, Kiel

November 2021


Steinway Hall, London


Teatro Savoia, Campobasso




Teatro Massimo, Pescara


Teatro Showville, Bari

October 2021


Catanzaro – Palazzo de Nobili, Catanzaro, Italy


Palmi – Auditorium della Casa della Cultura, Palmi, Italy


Zürich – ETH, Semper Aula


Vienna, Fanny Hensel Hall, MDW Vienna


Plovdiv, Bulgaria , Boris Christov House of Culture, – Mendelssohn 1 with State Opera Plovdiv symphony orchestra