In 2009, the Kostov-Valkov Duo gave their Carnegie Hall debut at Zankel Hall. In 2011 they won the Liszt-Garisson International Competition, where they were awarded First Prize, the overall Liszt Prize, and all the special prizes in the collaborative artists category. In 2016 they released a second CD, containing award-winning transcriptions by the Kostov-Valkov Duo of works by Franz Liszt, as well as virtuoso arrangements from the operas Carmen, and The Barber of Seville.
Franz Schubert - "Arpeggione" Sonata
Gioacchino Rossini - Une Larme:Theme and variations for cello and piano
Luiggi Boccherini - Sonata for cello and piano in G major
Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata for piano and cello in A major, op. 69
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Appointed Assistant Principal Cellist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Lachezar Kostov has appeared as a soloist in some of the world's leading concert venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and Oji Hall in Tokyo. He was the National Winner at the 2006 MTNA Young Artists Competition and has won numerous prizes including the Cello Award at the Kingsville Competition in 2005, the Grand Prix at the International Music and Earth Competition in Bulgaria, and the concerto competitions at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Rice University.
Hailed by European and American critics for “the awesome purity of his playing”, and described as “prodigiously skilled protagonist”, in 2009 Mr. Kostov made his official debut at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, performing rarely heard works for cello and piano by Ellen Zwilich, Nikolay Roslavets, and Dimitri Kabalevsky. In 2012, following his participation at the Texas Music Festival, he performed the Second Cello Concerto by C. Saint-Saens, under the baton of Carl St. Clair, and in 2013 he performed Dvorak's famed cello concerto in the legendary Gewandhaus in Leipzig, accompanied by the Academic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Horst Forster.
Mr. Kostov’s first commercial CD was released by NAXOS in 2011 and was immediately featured in “The Strad Magazine”, and “American Record Guide”.
Winner of the 2015 Astral Artists National Auditions, and Gold medalist at the 2012 New Orleans International Piano Competition, Viktor Valkov has been highly acclaimed by the critics as “lion of the keyboard” and “sensational.” In 2003, he received an invitation from the New Symphony Orchestra, and conductor Rossen Milanov, to perform Dimitar Nenov’s Grande Piano Concerto. Thus, he became the fifth pianist to perform that concerto and the only one to do the entire version.
Valkov studied at the State Music Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria with Prof. Stella Dimitrova and subsequently in the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany with Michael Roll. In 2006 he enrolled at the Juilliard School and earned his Masters Degree studying with Jerome Lowenthal and Matti Raekallio. In the fall of 2010, Viktor Valkov began pursuit of a DMA Degree at the Rice University, Houston with Jon Kimura Parker.