Born in Sofia, he was a prize-winner in three major international violin competitions as a teenager, subsequently embarking on an international career as a soloist, conductor, leader and producer. He became the Royal Opera House’s first ever Concert Master, and its youngest, in 1993. In 2005 he made his British conducting debut at the Royal Albert Hall, and was appointed Creative Producer of the Royal Opera House. He is Artistic Director of Trittico, for which he produces and performs both traditional and contemporary repertory with various artists, groups and orchestras. He is also Artistic Director of the Soloists of Covent Garden, London Chamber Orchestra and Laureate, an orchestra made up exclusively of international prize-winners.