Ivaylo Vassilev is a world-renowned pianist with more than twenty awards from international competitions. He played with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic and the Moscow Academic Symphony Orchestra. He is a three-time winner of the Grand Prize of the Dimitar Berbatov Foundation for achievements in art. He is also 16 years old.

On a New Year's Eve, when he was still very young, Ivaylo found a toy piano at his neighbor's house and played tunes he had heard in kindergarten. A few years later Ivaylo was teaching his father the biographies of great composers. Ten years later, at 16, he is a world-renowned pianist, with solo recitals in Sofia, Moscow, Luxembourg, and Warsaw.

His first solfege teacher claimed that Ivaylo had "absolute hearing" - the ability to recreate notes and melodies by ear. The composers Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin had this gift. When the nickname "Little Mozart" came up, Ivaylo shrugged it off. He wants to be known as Ivaylo Vassilev. He began piano lessons at the age of five. Two years later he was admitted to the Lyubomir Pipkov National Music School, in Emilia Kaneva's piano class. At the age of 12, he became a pupil of the renowned Prof. Borislava Taneva. With their help, Ivaylo wins over 30 prizes at national and international competitions. He composes music himself and believes that this is the best way to get acquainted with the piano. For Ivaylo, every performance is a conversation with the composer, in which they discuss not only the music, but also their ideas.

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