Vesselin Paraschkevov


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Süddeutsche Zeitung, May 13th 2005
... the internationally reknowned violinist Vesselin Paraschkevov played Bach, Ysaye and Bartók. His audience was enraptured by his technical brilliance and the great sweep of his playing…

Münchner Merkur, May 12th 2005
… the sheer virtuosity of the Bulgarian star-violinist Vesselin Paraschkevov…

Siegener Zeitung, May 6th 2003
Vesselin Paraschkevov – an aristocrat amongs violinists.

Westfaelische Rundschau, March 23rd 2003
... Paraschkevov played with enormous intensity ... such interpretation gives the impression of misic being composed as one listens.

Neue Ruhr Zeitung, May 1st 2000
A song in praise of the art of violin playing. Vesselin Paraschkevov enthralled us … an acoustic feast for both - ears and soul. Seldom does one hear music so pulsing with energy and yet so tightly organized; so quintessential. From work to work and from movement to movement this performer immersed his listeners in new worlds of sound. … His impressionistic feel for sound, his broad palette of tone colour were quite fascinating.

WAZ Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, April 29th 2000
An evening of great violin playing … Vesselin Paraschkevov belongs to that species of artist who offers his talent wholly to the service of music. Superficial virtuosity is as foreign to his nature as is experimentation with the latest interpretation fads. His handling of the violin is completely controlled and yet he maintains the inner freedom to allow the music to unfold as an experience. He masters his instrument from within. For all its clarity, his tone is round and warm…

WZ Westdeutsche Zeitung, December 2nd 1999
... the main work of the concert was Tschaikowsky’s concerto for violin. Some members of the large audience may, initially, have found the interpretation less than typically “Russian”; but they were rewarded by Paraschkevov’s freedom from all soloist mannerisms, which rendered the whole, ultimately, the more impressive. Paraschkevov met the technical demands of this piece with incredible sureness and facility. In the finale he took Tschaikowsky at his word: “Allegro vivacissimo”! However, it was not only the virtuosic passages which convinced; with his sweet timbre, the violinist presented the “Canzonetta” - without undue melancholy - as an oasis of calm between the outer movements.

WZ Westdeutsche Zeitung, February 13th 1996
... the exceptionally gifted Bulgarian Vesselin Paraschkevov, no less, had been engaged to play all of J.S.Bach’s partitas and sonatas for solo violin. During a performance which lasted almost three hours, Paraschkevov played, with seeming ease, these works which once counted as the most difficult ever written for the violin; an accomplishment which by far trancended the purely technical; the artist rendered the frequent many-voiced passages as though a mixed choir were singing. The Guarnieri violin “sang” so mervellously; the Immanuel church (Wuppertal-Barmen) seemed to resonate in sympathy; the sounds stood like sculptures in the vast space. …A standing ovation and chorus of foot-stamping and bravos greeted this prodigious feat of artistry, memory and physical stamina.

Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger, October 2nd 1995
... Vesselin Paraschkevov attempted no clever effects, but rather to illuminate the modernity of Sibelius’ score. This Bulgarian, who counts as one of the leading violinists, played the solo part of this huge rhapsody with great verve: fresh and straightforward, with largesse yet elegant, demonstrating breathtaking vitality and stupendous technical perfection, his radiant tone always sensitively shaped.



El Norte, Monterrey, Mexico, 2005 by Alejandro Fernández, music critic
If you didn’t attend Thursday’s concert of the OSUANL Symphony Orchestra, drop everything and rush to the San Pedro Auditorium - today you can attend the repetition of one of the best concerts of the year.

One of the great violinists of our time, Vesselin Paraschkevov is appearing for the fourth time with the Symphony Orchestra. On Thursday evening he gave an exemplary and passionate rendition of Max Bruch’s G minor violin concerto. The sound he drew from his 1710 Guarnieri violin was a constant delight to the ear. The first two movements were a veritable lesson in musical phrasing, highlighted by an impeccable technique. In the finale the Bulgarian musician demonstrated a virtuoso intensity of the first order; a dazzling momentum which was maintained until the very last notes of the encore: the second movement of Bartok’s sonata for solo violin.

Sofia, 2002 (bulgarian)
Musika viva

El Norte, Monterrey, Mexico, 2001 by the music correspondent Alejandro Fernández
Dan velada excepcional: 1 , 2 (spanish)

An Exceptional Evening

The appearance of the Bulgarian violinist Vesselin Paraschkevov must count as one of the most notable of this season, indeed of many a season.
His brief biography, as included in the programme, which declares Paraschkevov to be one of the most outstanding violinists of our time, in no way exaggerates: he played the extremely difficult second violin concerto of Karol Szymanowski – its debut performance in Monterrey. Paraschkevov’s virtuosity and remarkably beautiful tone was appreciated by audience and orchestra alike, members of the latter applauding enthusiastically, the string players tapping their stands with their bows. Paraschkevov proved himself a master of masters!

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Musika viva, 2000 (bulgarian)


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