The Bulgarian violinist, Jassen Todorov, began his musical education in Bulgaria and furthered his studies at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, California. A top prize winner of several national and international competitions, he earned his bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Harid Conservatory, Florida, and his master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, New York.
Jassen Todorov has distinguished himself as one of the most prominent violinists of his generation. Dubbed “an outstanding violinist…a player to watch” by the British music journal The Strad, Todorov has given numerous performances throughout Europe, China, Australia, Canada and the USA. He is also an active performer in his native Bulgaria, where he is considered one of the country’s most prized musicians.
With a repertoire including works from all styles and epochs, Jassen Todorov has recorded the complete sonatas of J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms and Ysaye, as well as L.v. Beethoven’s Sonatas Nos. 6 and 10. The Strad described him as “a violinist of rare technical ability…he brings musicality to his performances…his left hand is able to deliver Ysaye's demands in the many mercurial passages with commendable accuracy” and the American Record Guide portrayed it as “high praise…an important release for admirers of Ysaye’s music.”
From 2000 to 2003, Jassen Todorov served as the teaching assistant to Professor Oleh Krysa at the Eastman School and held a violin position at the University of Rochester. He is the recipient of full scholarships and prestigious awards including the Eastman award for excellence in teaching (2002) and the Crystal Lyre for achievements in music (2006). From 2008 to 2010, Todorov served as the Director of the School of Music and Dance at San Francisco State University. Currently, Todorov is a Professor of Violin at San Francisco State University and Visiting Professor at Xinjiang Arts University and Qimingxing School of Music, China.
Jassen Todorov plays a 1788 Tomasso Eberle violin.
He holds a Flight Instructor Certificate and Commercial Pilot's License. He is an active flight instructor at Bel Air and Half Moon Bay Flying Club, California. He is a proud owner of a Piper Warrior aircraft.