The charismatic violin virtuoso Svetlin Roussev began his musical education at a very young age, studying under his mother, a professor at the music school in his home town of Ruse, Bulgaria. In 1991, he was accepted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where he studied under Gérard Poulet, Devy Erlih and Jean-Jacques Kantorow. In 1994 the jury unanimously awarded him first prize summa cum laude for violin as well as first prize for chamber music. Roussev subsequently entered the postgraduate programme.
Roussev has won numerous prizes at many international competitions, including those of Indianapolis, Long-Thibaud and Melbourne. He was voted Revelation of the Year in 2000 by the ADAMI organisation at the Midem, the French music industry’s major annual event in Cannes, and was selected for sponsorship by the Natexis-Banques Populaires Corporate Foundation. In May 2001, he was widely acclaimed at the first Sendai International Competition in Japan, which garnered him not only the first prize, but also the audience prize and the special prize for the best Bach concerto performance.
With remarkable virtuosity and intensity, Roussev performs a broad repertoire ranging from the baroque to the contemporary. He is renowned for his renditions of Slavic compositions and keenly promotes Bulgarian music. Acclaimed Bulgarian Musician of the Year in 2006, his home country honoured him yet again in 2007 and recently in 2016 with the Cristal Lyra distinction awarded by the Ministry of Culture.
Roussev is a regular guest soloist with various orchestras such as the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra (Bucharest), Romanian National Radio Orchestra, Bulgarian National Radio and Symphony Orchestras, Presidential Symphony Orchestra (Ankara), and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. In the USA, Latin America, Asia and Europe Roussev has performed under the baton of conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Leon Fleisher, Yehudi Menuhin, Yuzo Toyama, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Emmanuel Krivine, François-Xavier Roth, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Denis Russel-Davies, Lionel Bringuier, Leo Hussain and Emil Tabakov.
Roussev has played in many of the world’s major concert halls, including the Bolshoi Theatre and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Suntory Hall, Sumida Triphony Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Salle Pleyel, UNESCO, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Cité de la Musique, Théâtre de la Ville, Arsenal de Metz, Halle aux Grains de Toulouse, Bulgaria Concert Hall, Budapest’s Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper and the Palais des Beaux Arts de Bruxelles.
Roussev shares his love for music with an ever-widening public through his chamber music performances, playing with partners such as Myung-Whun Chung, Yeol-Eum Son, Peter Frankl, Ralph Gothoni, Jean-Marc Luisada, Bertrand Chamayou, Jean-Philippe Collard, Antoine Tamestit, Lise Berthaud, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Maxim Rysanov, Gary Hoffman, Gautier Capuçon, Sung-Won Yang, Young-Hoon Song, Jian Wang, Myung-Wha Chung, François Leleux, Paul Meyer, Nikolaj Znaider. He is a founding member of the Roussev-Salque-Rozanova Trio.
Following his successful CD recording of pieces by Pancho Vladigerov with the pianist Elena Rozanova, Roussev brought out his recording of Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Concerto Funèbre with the Orchestre d’Auvergne conducted by Arie Van Beek, recordings for French labels Integral and Fondamenta dedicated to the Franco-Belgian school of violin with pianist Elena Rozanova, and sonatas by Grieg and Medtner with pianist Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas, ”Fire and Ice” with the Sibelius and Vladigerov n1 violin concertos under the baton of Emil Tabakov and the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra and in 2016 DECCA released the piano trios by Mendelssohn n1 and Dvorak ”Dumky” with Elena Rozanova and François Salque followed by works by Ysaÿe for violin and orchestra and Lalo Symphonie Espagnole.
Roussev is the concertmaster of the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and was the concertmaster of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra between 2007 and the end of 2015.
He is violin professor at his alma mater, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris.
Svetlin is the artistic director and artist in residence of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra.
Svetlin Roussev plays the Stradivarius 1710 Camposelice violin kindly loaned by the Nippon Music Foundation.