VC HIDDEN GEMS | Bulgarian Violin Virtuoso Vasco Abadjiev

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This week VC explores the recordings of thwarted Bulgarian violin virtuoso Vasco Abadjiev.

A recognised child prodigy, he made his international debut aged 6 – and at just 12 years old was awarded 1st prize at the Liege International Violin Competition.

Specialising in the virtuosic repertoire of Nicolo Paganini, Maestro Abadjiev graduated from the Brussels Conservatoire aged 13, with the highest distinction and commenced a brilliant yet interrupted international concert career.

[video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”zLMcD2w5sfw” width=”590″ height=”385″ auto_thumb=”1″ ]Vasco Abadjiev | Sarasate |Introduction and Tarantella | 1952

Plagued by the war years and the death of his beloved mother in 1965, much like contemporary Christian Ferras, his adult life tragically spiralled into sadness, alcoholism, financial struggle and deep depression.

Maestro Abadjiev sadly took his own life in 1978 – aged just 51, yet fortunately bequeathed the world a brilliant and treasured recording legacy.

[video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”W0NDkyJOQkA” width=”590″ height=”385″ auto_thumb=”1″ ]Vasco Abadjiev | Paganini | Violin Concerto No. 1 | Vasil Stefanov | Sofia Philharmonic | 1952
[video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”GGVeeWT0MsQ” width=”590″ height=”385″ auto_thumb=”1″ ]Vasco Abadjiev | Ernst | Variations on ‘The Last Rose of Summer’ | 1953
[video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”VQP8ys-76kM” width=”590″ height=”385″ auto_thumb=”1″ ]Vasco Abadjiev | Paganini | Variations on ‘I-Palpiti’ | 1954
[video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”GK1InyTv2Ec” width=”590″ height=”385″ auto_thumb=”1″ ]Vasco Abadjiev | Paganini | Nel cor più non mi sento | 1954

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