Ivo Boytchev (born in 1970) has began his musical studies at the age of 5 at the “Music School for Arts” in Varna with Rumena Penkova.In 1989 he entered the “State Academy of Music” in Sofia studying with Marina Kapatsinskaia. He graduated in 1994, receiving his diploma “with excellence”.
In 1995 he moved to Holland where he studied at the Conservatory in Enschede with Christo Iliev, and the Conservatory in Utrecht with Alan Weiss, where he graduated with special honours in 2000.
Since Autumn 2000 , following a warm recommendation of Marta Argerich , Mr Boytchev was invited to attend the prestigious “Theo Lieven” International Piano Foundation at the shores of Lake Como, in Northern Italy. In this inspiring environment, as one of only 8 promising young pianists from around the world, Mr. Boytchev was able to enjoy private Masterclasses with such eminent musicians as Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov, Fou Ts’ong ,William Grant Nabore, Charles Rosen, Andreas Staier, Claude Frank among others. In July – august 2001 he received a full scholarship offered by The Verbier Festival & Academy where he attended the Piano Masterclasses of Dmitri Bashkirov and Stephen Kovacevich and had solo and chamber music performances in various concerts organised by The Verbier Festival & Academy.
Mr. Boytchev’s concert career includes many solo and chamber music recitals in Bulgaria , Holland, Italy, Germany, Cyprus.
Mr. Boytchev made his orchestral debute at the age of 17 with the Varna Philharmonic Orchestra. He went on playing with orchestras as the Vratsa Philharmonic Orchestra, State Academy Orchestra (Sofia), “Orkest van het Oosten” and students from the Conservatory (Enschede), the Varna Philharmonic Orchestra, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen (Germany), the Sumen Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria), the Liszt festival Orchestra (Enschede), the Varna Chamber Orchestra.
From 2009-2011 he was appointed assistant of prof. Tamara Poddubnaya at Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen (Holland).
Along with his career as a concert pianist Mr. Boytchev is active as a choire conductor, leading a number of choires with different repertoire.