WORLD renowned violinist and conductor Vasko Vassilev will be joining Covent Garden Dance Company for this year’s tenth anniversary ballet at Hatch House.
The exciting news of this star musician coming to Hatch comes just days after the company announced that for the first time the ballet will be over four nights, Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July,
The Bulgarian violinist and conductor is concert master of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, a role to which he was appointed in 1993, the first person to hold the position.
Vassilev was born in Sofia and first began studying the violin aged five. He trained at the Moscow Conservatory, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music. He was appointed super soloist at the Lyon Opera House aged 21 and appointed concert master at the Royal Opera house aged 23.
In 2005 he made his British conducting debut at the Royal Albert Hall, and was appointed creative producer of the Royal Opera House. He is artistic director of Trittico, for which he produces and performs both traditional and contemporary repertory with numerous artists, groups and orchestras.
Over the years, Vasko has worked with many musicians of other disciplines and styles, including Placido Domingo, Sting, Ronnie Wood, Vanessa-Mae, Paco Pena and Erasure.