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Born in Vidin (Bulgaria) Nikolay started to play the trumpet at age of 13. After graduating at the Conservatoire de Fribourg with Jean-François Michel for trumpet teacher (former principal trumpet with the Munich Philharmonic) with Diplôme d’enseignement de Trompette he took a postgraduate course in performance (trumpet) under the tutorials of Murray Greig (Opera North) andJohn Miller. After few years of working as a principal trumpet with the Vidin Philharmonic, he is freelancing at present as a performer and teaching brass at the St Cyril and St Methodius Secondary School – Vidin and acting as a music director of the school marching band.

In addition to his formal education Nikolay has attended masterclasses and private lessons of between others Maurice André, Rod Franks, Maurice Murphy, Robert Rotter and more recently - Larry Meregillano

Awards and Bursaries:

Bourse d’études André Bähler Stiftung (Zürich) (2001, 2002, 2004)

Bourse d’études Max Husmann Stiftung (2002, 2003)

RNCM Entrance Award (2004)

RNCM Governors’ Award (2004)

RNCM Bursary(2004)

Professional Experience:

Since 09.2020 Brass Instructor and Music Director with the St. Cyril &  Methody High School (Vidin, Bulgaria)

2018-2020 Trumpet and Trombone with Razgrad Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria)

2012-2017  Trumpet for party and show bands with Amara Dolce Vita world hotels   


2006-2009 Tutti Flugelhorn with Vidin Town Wind Band

2006-2008  Principal Trumpet with Vidin Philharmonic State Orchestra

2002-2004  Brass instructor with Fanfare St Cecile-Dompierre                                     (Swtizerland, Brass Band)

18.10.2003   Wind Octet (Nikolay Iliev, 2002) Première

2001             Extra work with Orchestre Symphonique de Fribourg (Switzerland)

©Nikolay Iliev 2018.

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