Anatoli Krastev, cellist 

Anatoli Krastev graduated from the Conservatory in Tunisia, in the class of Gvido Evraet, and from the State Musical Academy in Sofia, in the class of Prof. Velko Karastoyanov. He further specialized with prof. Zdravko Yordanov, Andre Navarra and Janos Starker. Since 1972 he has been a Professor at the State Musical Academy "Pancho Vladigerov", Sofia. He has given Master classes in various countries including Belgium, France, England, Greece, Brazil and Macedonia. He is an Honorary President of the Academy for Young Talents in Marseille (together with Janos Starker and Maurice Backet), is a regular member of the jury at the International competitions in Weimar and Prague (Prague Spring), and has numerous National and International awards and distinctions.
His unconditional professionalism, bright artistic presence and impressive repertoire bring him to the most renowned stages in Bulgaria and abroad (Europe, USA, Asia, Africa). He is a regular soloist with all the Bulgarian and a number of European and American orchestras. The international concert activity of Anatoli Krastev includes participation in festivals (the Flanders’ Festival in Belgium, the International meetings of violoncellists in Brazil, to name but a few), solo recitals and collaborations with artists such as Mincho Minchev, Stoyka Milanova, Boyan Vodenicharov, Evgenia-Maria Popova, Dorothy Dorow , Walter Buykens , Robert Groslot, and conductors including Ury Meyer, Georgi Lehel, Joseph Conta, Arnold Katz, Dobrin Petkov, Dimitar Manolov, Vassil Kazandjiev, Emil Tabakov. In 2000 he founded (together with Yosif Radionov and Mayer Frank) the piano trio “Kinor” and since 2002 – the violoncello trio “Cellissimo” (with his two children Kalina Krusteva and Atanas Krastev).
He has Premiered over 100 new works (many of which are dedicated to him), has recorded over 25 albums and CDs in Bulgarian and foreign recording studios from the USA, to the Netherlands and Germany, and has broadcast for numerous radio and TV stations in Bulgaria, France, Belgium, Russia, Hungary, Greece, Brazil, Vietnam.
His CD recording of the concertos by Saint-Saens and Schumann paired with the “Variations on a Rococo Theme” by Tchaikovsky was nominated by the Paris magazine “Repertoire” with the highest ratings and was praised with superlatives such as “his art has always excited both audience and the critics alike and this common view places the violoncellist alongside such names as Janos Starker and Andre Navarra”.
Indeed a recent CD release by the Canadian label, St.Clair: Classics Collection “Forever Gold” features Anatoli Krastev as soloist in Dvorak’s Cello Concerto alongside Andre Navarra’s recording of the Elgar Concerto.