Martin Georgiev

composer, conductor

19.12.1983Varna - Bulgaria

Martin Georgiev is a Bulgarian conductor and composer.
He defended his Doctorate in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London under the supervision of Dr. Philip Cashion and consultants Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir Harrison Birtwhistle, Julian Anderson, etc., within which he developed an innovative compositional technique — “Morphing Modality” based on basic principles from the theory and practice of the Bulgarian and Byzantine Orthodox Church-Singing tradition , Musical Cognitive and Perceptual Psychology and the technique of “Morphing Images” from the visual arts. He completed an MA in Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Colin Mathers, Sir Colin Davies and George Hirst, for which he was awarded the Fred Southall Memorial Award.

Since 2013, he has been Assistant Conductor of the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. In 2012-2013, he was Resident Composer of the city of Heidelberg, Germany, where he composed and conducted symphonic music commissioned by the Orchestra and the General Music Director of the city, Yordan Kamjalov. In 2010-2011 he was Composer-in-Residence at the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London under the program for distinguished young composers. In 2009, his first Opera “The Mirror” based on the libretto by Marieke Van Eerde was premiered in London under the patronage of Lady Salty, Sir Charles Mackerrus and Andrew Ritchie. He was associate conductor of the London Bloomsbury Opera, principal guest conductor of the London Contemporary Ensemble “Azalea”, guest conductor of the Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio, the Sofia Philharmonic, the Varna Philharmonic, the London Royal Academy Concert Orchestra, etc. Martin Georgiev’s compositions have been performed in Great Britain, USA, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Greece, Bulgaria, Israel and Italy.
Martin Georgiev is a laureate of over 15 national and international competitions for percussionists and composers. He won a competition for the 75th anniversary of the Sofia Philharmonic for his piece “Pasacalia on Two Bulgarian Themes”. The piece was also selected at the International Composers’ Forum “Tactus” in Brussels in 2004 for performance by the National Orchestra of Belgium. The same forum also selected his works in 2008 and 2011, which were performed, recorded and released on CD by the Brussels Philharmonic. In 2005, he composed transcriptions for marimba of works by Pancho Vladigerov.
In 2002, he graduated from the secondary art school “Dobri Hristov”. Even at that time, he composed a concerto for vibraphone and marimba, which he presented at the International Music Festival “Varna Summer” in 2002. He earned a bachelor’s degree in percussion at the Music Academy in Sofia, having studied composition and conducting with Vasil Kazandzhiev, Krasimir Taskov, Plamen Dzhurov and Milko Kolarov.