Ivan Penev started playing piano at the age of six. In 2008 he graduated from the National School of Music and Dance, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, with excellence. His education continued in Scotland, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours (2012) and a Masters Degree (2014), both in music performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where his piano tutor was Prof. Aaron Shorr. He has recently commenced a PhD degree course at City, the University of London under the supervision of Prof. Ian Pace. His dissertation project will focus on the historically informed performance, and critical reconstruction, of Franz Liszt’s two piano sonatas. Ivan also teaches piano and music theory to students of all ages.
Ivan’s performance experience features concerts in various charity and festival events, collaborations and ensemble projects, as well as solo recitals. He has performed at masterclasses and concerts in Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Scotland, England (Purcell School) and Austria. In 2008 after a competition-based selection he was amongst the few chosen to perform Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra. Ivan has also won a number of prizes and recognition from piano competitions, both in his home country and abroad. Over the past year, he has enjoyed a busy and productive season as a piano soloist for Russkaya Cappella (Glasgow-based Russian choir). Most recently he has centred his music career upon study towards his Doctorate Degree in London, while still actively participating in chamber music, solo events and recitals, and teaching.
He has started establishing himself as a piano teacher since 2013. Having completed the 2-year module of “Techniques of Teaching” back at RCS and through his growing experience, Ivan Penev can now offer a piano tuition of high professional standard, tailored specifically to the individual needs and ambitions of each pupil and carried away always in a patient, communicative, dedicated and friendly manner. As a teacher and a performer, Ivan Penev is convinced that music should be approached as an inseparable union between technique and expression. The integration of the mechanical and the emotional sides of piano playing is one of Ivan’s main teaching concerns and he believes the proper conduct between the two is what makes music a form of art.