To engage Michael Petrov for a concert, please call us on: +44 (0)20 7379 8477 or contact us
….he has his audience hooked from the very first note….it's all there: a meltingly warm, smooth tone, an easy virtuosity, a captivating musical temperament and a direct eloquence, as if speaking through his instrument.
Die Welte / Hamburg Kleinen Saal der Laeszhalle / January 2015
'Michael Petrov plays with the bravura and calm assurance of a long-established maestro. At his recent performance of Shostakovich’s 1st Cello Concerto at the Barbican Petrov dominated the orchestra effortlessly.'
The Daily Telegraph / New Music, Ivan Hewett, June 2014
'Mr. Petrov and the pianist Daniele Rinaldo brought out far more dramatic flair in Britten’s Cello Sonata, with its spry pizzicato Scherzo, but avoided overstatement in the sober Elegia.'
New York Times, Chelsea Music Festival, June 2013
'Petrov played with communicative vibrancy and proved himself a dreamer of dreams and a conjuror of illusions, well able to also dazzle in the most-virtuosic of passages and in the middle movement’s stunning cadenza.'
www.classicalsource.com, Barbican Hall with Guildhall School of Music & Drama Symphony Orchestra with Ginandrea Noseda conducting, Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante in E minor Op. 125, March 2013
In 2014 Michael was nominated by the Barbican as ECHO Rising Star and won the GSMD Gold Medal. This season he makes his concerto debut with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Born in Bulgaria in 1990, Michael studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and, since 2009 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Louise Hopkins. In 2013 he was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) and in 2014 won the GSMD Gold Medal, following a performance of Shostakovich’s Concerto No.1 at the Barbican.
Nominated by the Barbican as ECHO Rising Star, during 2014/15 Michael gave recitals at eighteen major concert halls throughout Europe including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Cité de la Musique Paris, Musikverein Vienna, Budapest Palace of Arts, Kölner Philharmonie and the Laeiszhalle Hamburg. He also appeared at Wigmore Hall, the Bath International, Peasmarsh and Plush Festivals. Previous concert highlights have included recitals at the Kronberg and Los Angeles Cello Festivals and Carnegie’s Weill Hall.
This season Michael makes his concerto debut with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist he has appeared with the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, City of London Sinfonia, English Chamber and the Barbican Young Orchestras (conducted by Edward Gardner) performing concertos by Dvorák, Elgar, Haydn, Walton & Shostakovich. He has also appeared with the Munich Chamber Orchestra and London Mozart Players and in 2013 performed Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante at the Barbican conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.
During his studies Michael won numerous prizes and awards including 2nd Prize in the 2012 International Brahms Competition in Austria and 1st Prize in the 2011 International Suggia Competition in Porto which led to the use of Guilhermina Suggia’s Montagnana cello.
A keen chamber musician, Michael has attended the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove and, with the Trio Isimsiz, undertaken residencies in Banff, Aldeburgh, IMS Prussia Cove and the Salzburg Mozarteum.
Michael is grateful for support from the Karl Motesiczky Scholarship funded by the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust.
He plays on a Testore cello (c.1740) on generous loan from a private individual.