Tell us about your time at Edinburgh College of Art
Destiny sent a tourist from Edinburgh to my home country of Bulgaria where we fortuitously met. Later after discovering that Edinburgh is one of the top Universities in the world I chose to study there. My 4 years at the University were fantastic with each year better than the previous one. I met lovely teachers, made wonderful friendships, and enjoyed the beauty of the city. It gave me opportunities to perform regularly in concert venues across the city, and the staff gave me a lot of support.
One of my precious memories is when I was invited to perform on the piano for HRH The Princess Royal at Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh - an unbelievable experience. At Edinburgh's live music venue the Usher Hall, I met the renowned violinist and violist Nigel Kennedy who recently mentored the release of my debut video called The Kapustin Project. During my final year, I met a local Edinburgh family who made me feel as warm and welcome as being home and this made me love them!
Tell us about your experiences since leaving the university
After graduating from The University of Edinburgh, I continued onto postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London. At the moment, I am at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) in New York City, where I am representing the RCM for a semester, and gaining some valuable experience. As part of the exchange programme between RCM and MSM, I was the only one selected to represent the RCM after interviews and auditions at both institutions for 2016-17. I was attracted to accept the offer by the new, diverse cultural and life experience that I will get from being in, perhaps, the most multicultural city in the world.
The first year at the Royal College of Music was very exciting and busy for me, with performances in lots of concert venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Bulgarian Embassy and others. I was also awarded 1st prize at the international music competition ‘J S Bach’ in Fukuoka, Japan 2015. In June 2016 I released my debut video ‘The KapustIN Project’ which I dedicated to the Queen’s 90th Birthday combining my improvisation on ‘God Save The Queen’ with Nikolai Kapustin’s Pastoral Etude and adding bass and drum sections to it. My idea is to keep releasing videos and to keep inspiring more and more people.
Last year I was awarded first prize at the International music competition ‘J S Bach’ in Fukuoka, Japan. In addition, in June this year I released my debut video ‘The Kapustin Project’ that I dedicated to the Queen’s 90th Birthday combining my improvisation on ‘God Save The Queen’ with Nikolai Kapustin’s Pastoral Etude and adding bass and drum sections to it. My idea is to keep releasing such interesting videos and keep inspiring more and more people through my music.
Dream bravely and work extremely hard to make your dreams a reality.
This article was originally published to the University of Edinburgh alumni site on Nov 23, 2016