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Celebrated Bulgarian Violinist Jassen Todorov Joins SFSU Faculty


College of Creative Arts


Ariane Bicho, Publicist
College of Creative Arts
San Francisco State University
(415) 338-1442
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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs


Todorov and pianist William Corbett-Jones present a free concert Thursday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. in Knuth Hall

San Francisco -- The College of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University announces the addition of internationally respected solo and chamber violinist Jassen Todorov to the acclaimed faculty of the School of Music and Dance. Dubbed "a player to watch" by London music journal The Strad, Todorov has played throughout Europe and the United States and has won numerous awards for his intense, original musicianship.

"The Quartet is thrilled that he's joined us on the faculty," says violist Paul Yarbrough of the Alexander String Quartet, SFSU's quartet-in-residence. "We've been very, very impressed with Jassen. He's one of those extraordinary individuals who combines the highest caliber of performance with excellent teaching and communication skills. We feel that the University is very fortunate indeed to have him with us."

Among Todorov's accomplishments, the 28-year-old became the youngest musician (at 26) to record all six violin sonatas of Eugene Ysaye (1858-1931), a visionary Belgian composer and violinist known for his difficult compositions and his fiery individualism as a player. Reviewing the 2001 CD, The Strad said Todorov "is able to deliver Ysaye's demands in the many mercurial passages with commendable accuracy." He has also recorded three Brahms sonatas with critical acclaim. Both discs are on the Gega New label.

Before joining the College of Creative Arts, Todorov wowed audiences in over 70 solo recitals -- including concerts at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in New York, St. James in London, and University of Bonn, Germany -- and has frequently appeared as soloist with orchestras in the United States and Europe. He is also an active performer in his native Bulgaria, where he is considered one of the country's most prized young musicians. Recently, the Bulgarian National TV produced a documentary on Mr. Todorov which was broadcast worldwide.

Todorov began his musical education in Bulgaria at the Schools of Music in Plovdiv and Sofia and furthered his studies in the United States at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. He earned his bachelor's degree in violin performance from Harid Conservatory, Florida, and his master's degree from the Eastman School of Music, New York. From 2000 to 2003, he served at the Eastman School as teaching assistant to Professor Oleh Krysa, a former student and protégé of David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatory, and he held a violin position at the University of Rochester. In 2002, he received the prestigious Eastman award for excellence in teaching.

In one of his first recitals at SFSU's College of Creative Arts, Todorov pairs up with renowned pianist William Corbett-Jones on Thursday, November 6, at 8 p.m. in Knuth Hall, in the Creative Arts Building on the SFSU campus. The program includes Bach's Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano; Brahms' Sonata No. 3 in D minor for Violin and Piano; Ysaye's Sonata No. 2 in A minor; and Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Piano. Admission is free.

In addition to his public performances, Todorov teaches a course on the history of chamber music and mentors violin students individually.


EDITORS NOTE: Jassen Todorov can be contacted directly at 415/314-0271 or visit Press copies of Todorov's recordings can be requested by calling Ariane Bicho at 415/338-1442.

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