Georgii Cherkin

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Georgii Cherkin was born in Sofia, Bulgaria in a family of musicians. Since the age of six he has started playing piano and a year later he enrolled at the "Liubomir Pipkov" National Music School in Sofia, where he spent 12 years in the piano class of Antonina Boneva. In 1996 he was admitted at the "Pancho Vladiguerov" State Music Academy in Sofia in the class of Prof. Atanas Kurtev. A year later he was also admitted at the prestigious "Accademia di Santa Cecilia" in Rome, where he was trained by one of the most renowned music professors in Italy, Sergio Perticaroli. In 1999 he graduated with honors and attended for one year the Mozarteum music school in Salzburg in the class of Prof. Karl-Heinz Kammerling.

His concert career started as early as 1992 when he performed for the first time as a soloist and afterwards he performed in big concert halls such as the "National Palace of Culture" concert hall and the "Bulgaria" concert hall. He has also performed at the prestigious "Auditorio" hall in Rome, "Muzikhalle" in Hamburg, "Convention Center" in Okinava, "Kaufmann Concert Hall" in New York, "Palais des Beaux Arts" in Brussels and others. His repertoire includes numerous concertos for piano and orchestra, some of which he has performed together with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio and all major orchestras in Bulgaria.

He has won the international competitions "Young Musical Talents" in Sofia, "Premio Sassari" in 1999 in Italy and "Pancho Vladigueroff" in 2003. He has received the art award "Zolotoia Muza" for special contribution in popularizing the Russian culture and art in Bulgaria especially for his performances of the Second, Third, and Fourth Piano Concertos by Sergei Rachmaninov. He has been also awarded the prestigious prize "Crystal Lire 2001" for utmost achievements in the art of music.

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