Artistic Director

Violinist Philip A. Draganov, who was born in Hamburg, enthrals his audiences in Europe, Asia, and the USA with his ... „impulsive virtuosity... and exuberant musical power” (Hamburger Abendblatt). He had his debut as a soloist with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra in the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg at the age of only ten and has since enjoyed a multifarious international career. He has given concerts in the most important concert halls and at major festivals, such as the “Aspen Music Festival” or the “Schleswig- Holstein-Musik-Festival.”

A much sought-after chamber musician, he performs regularly in varying formations from duo to octet. He has also recorded several CDs with the “Duo Lusingando”. Draganov teaches a violin class for highly gifted musicians at the Zurich Conservatory and is guest professor at various other institutions, such as the renowned “Rimskij-Korsakow Conservatory” in St. Petersburg or the “Tblisi State Conservatoire” in Georgia. His students are first prize winners of international and national violin competitions.

He is editor of his own edition (PhilipDraganov Edition).
In 2011 the edition of Tschaikowsky’s violin concert with bowings and fingerings as well as advice on the interpretation will appear.

Moreover, Philip Draganov is member of the European String Teachers Association and juror for international competitions.

Since 2010 Philip A. Draganov has been artistic director of “Youth Classics”. The “Youth Classics International Masterclasses” are a meeting place for students from Germany, Russia, the USA, France, Spain, Switzerland, the Ukraine, Croatia, Rumania, South Korea, Poland, etc. with internationally renowned teachers.

Following his private tuition with Roland Greutter in Hamburg, Philip A. Draganov received his musical education from Uwe-Marin Haiberg at the Berlin University of the Arts while still in school. He then studied at the Juilliard School in New York under Margaret Pardee, Masao Kawasaki, Robert Chen, and chamber music under Felix Galimir.

In Europe, he then studied under Herman Krebbers in Amsterdam, Ida Bieler in Duesseldorf, Jens Ellermann in Hannover, and Nora Chastain in Zurich. Master classes with Ana Chumachenco, Thomas Brandis, and Rosa Fain proved to be particularly stimulating.

At the age of ten, he won first prize in the German national competition for children and adolescents “Jugend musiziert.” In the years that followed, he won numerous awards and competitions, such as the “Wettbewerb zur Förderung junger Künstler” (a competition for the promotion of young artists), and was awarded, among others, a scholarship from the Oscar-und-Vera- Ritter Stiftung.

Besides solo performances, recitals, and chamber music concerts, Draganov is regularly approached by important orchestras and also acts as concertmaster or Principal Violinist.

He has played in different orchestras, including the NDR Symphony Orchestra/Hamburg or the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, under such conductors as Günter Wand, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnany, Michael Tilson Thomas, Alan Gilbert or Christoph Eschenbach.

Moreover, in recent years he has frequently performed as conductor.

Philip A. Draganov plays a violin made by the Italian violin maker Tomaso Balestrieri in 1769 as well as a violin by the German violin maker Peter Greiner.

He lives near Zurich.

Find more information on www.draganov.com