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Stars of Tomorrow Children's Theater --> Violin Lessons
Study with world acclaimed violin master, Dr. Todor Pelev

Whether you are looking for ongoing lessons or college audition
preparation, Dr. Pelev is a phenomenal teacher and musician.

For rates contact:    909-793-8382       tpelev@yahoo.com

Dr. Todor Pelev’s public performances started at early age in his native Bulgaria after
capturing the gold medal of the most prestigious national competition. Dr. Pelev attracted
international attention when he was awarded the silver medal in the Wieniawski
International Violin Competition, second only to the famed Russian virtuoso Viktoria
Mullova. Subsequently, he was invited to present concerts in Poland, Hungary, Italy,
Russia, and soloed with major European orchestras. After personal invitation to study with
Dorothy DeLay at Juilliard, Todor relocated to the United States and won the American
Contemporary Record Society Competition, followed by repeated solo appearances with
the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, also with the Aspen Concert Orchestra,
where he played the Brahms Violin Concerto on three days notice as a substitute for
Midori, and with other major orchestras. He has appeared also with the Baltimore
Symphony at the Carnegie Hall.

Todor has soloed several times at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at “The Green Umbrella”
concert series and was featured as a soloist at the 70th anniversary celebration of the
distinguished composer John Cage. He has presented numerous recitals and participated
in radio and television broadcasts in Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Taiwan, Japan, Italy,
Russia, Canada and in the United States, where his life performances of music by Mario
Davidovsky were broadcasted nation-wide on public television. He has performed at the
Aspen (Colorado), the Tidewater (Maryland), the Mackinaw Island (Michigan) and the
Rome (Italy) music festivals, and has participated in chamber music concerts with members
of the Cleveland, Takash, Vermeer, Sequoia String Quartets, An die Musik, and principals
of the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, among

Dr. Pelev has collaborated with many noted contemporary composers, giving first
performances of some of their music, such as Mario Davidovski, Mel Powell, Morton
Subotnick, John Cage, performing as a soloist, or as a member of the avant-garde
contemporary music ensemble the Twentieth Century Players (now New Millennium) as a
faculty member at Cal Arts. He has always had interest in all music genre and has played in
concert with Kenny G, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson and Ray Charles, also on his last
two CD recordings.

Todor’s violin studies began at age of 5 while studying with Tatiana Krusteva and later at
the Bulgarian National Conservatory with Boyan Lechev - a protégé of David Oistrakh,
After graduate studies with Dorothy DeLay at Juilliard, Dr. Pelev was invited for his doctoral
studies with Donald Weilerstein at the Eastman School of Music, while serving as his
teaching assistant, where he won the Eastman Concerto Competition and was granted the
Performer’s Certificate.

Todor Pelev has been a concertmaster of the Baltimore Opera, Riverside, South Bay and
Redlands Symphony Orchestras and is presently serving as a concertmaster of the San
Bernardino Symphony and the Redlands Bowl Orchestra. He has been a faculty member of
the California Institute for the Arts, the University of Redlands, the Pomona College and the
Claremont Graduate University. His former students include winners of national and
international competitions, concertmasters of important orchestras such as the London,
New Haven, Hong Kong, Cleveland Circle Opera, Boston Civic Symphony, and
college/conservatory professors. He has been a jury member of national and international
competitions, and has presented numerous masterclasses, most recently at the Eastman
School of Music, UCLA and the San Francisco Conservatory.

Todor has been performing on several important violins such as the “Ex-Willmotte”
Stradivarius, the “Ex-Paganini” Landolfi and the “Ex-Constable” Bergonzi, featured on the
recording “The Glory of Cremona”.