VIOLINIST JASSEN TODOROV – New Director of SF State University School of Music and Dance

Famed Bulgarian musician
has taught at SF State University
since 2003

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Celebrated violinist Jassen Todorov was recently named Director of the School of Music and Dance at SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY. He now leads one of the longest-standing and most diverse performing arts programs in Northern California.

“Professor Todorov is more than a prodigious talent in music and teaching. He is also a natural leader,” said Kurt Daw, Dean of SF State’s College of Creative Arts. “He has ambitious goals for the School of Music and Dance, a strong ability to work in teams, and remarkable energy and enthusiasm.”

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JASSEN TODOROV

Todorov, 33, joined the SF State faculty in 2003. He has taught courses in violin, strings, chamber music literature and career management in music. He also mentors violin students individually.

“It is an honor to work with such an accomplished, supportive faculty,” Todorov said. “We look forward to expanding our outreach in the Bay Area’s rich performing arts community, to position the School of Music and Dance as the most attractive academy for new talent on the West Coast.”

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Jassen Todorov and Conductor Nikos Tsouklos
with the National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bulgaria (2003)

His accomplishments include winning a 2006 Crystal Lyre Award, the highest honor for achievement in music and dance in his native Bulgaria. At age 26, he became the youngest musician to record all six violin sonatas of Eugene Ysaye, a Belgian composer and violinist known for his difficult compositions and fiery individualism as a player. Todorov has also recorded Brahms’ three violin sonatas.

Mr. Todorov has played and taught master classes throughout Europe, Australia, Asia and the U.S. and garnered much acclaim for his intense, original musicianship. He has performed more than 200 solo recitals — at venues such as Carnegie’s WEILL RECITAL HALL in New York City, CONCERTGEBOUW in Amsterdam and CERRITOS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS in Los Angeles. He earned his master’s degree from the EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC in Rochester, New York, where he studied with OLEH KRYSA.

The SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DANCE, based in SF State University’s the COLLEGE OF CREATIVE ARTS, offers professional and liberal arts degrees, with more than 400 students enrolled in major programs. Music students can study jazz, classical, choral, world music, electronic music, composition, music education and more. Dance students are trained in techniques such as ballet, modern, jazz, capoeira, flamenco, kathak, Afro-Haitian and Dunham as well as preparation for K-12 dance education. Alumni include winners of TONY and GRAMMY awards including conductors of Broadway musicals and symphony orchestras. Others work as composers, arrangers, producers, conductors, singers, dancers, choreographers, educators, and leaders of professional arts organizations. The School of Music and Dance is accredited by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS OF MUSIC.

Meet Jassen Todorov on-line: JASSEN TODOROV

Add these recordings to your Classical Library:
CD – SIX SONATAS FOR SOLO VIOLIN – Op. 27, by composer Eugene Ysaÿe ((1858-1931). Violinist Jassen Todorov recorded the sonatas in 2001 on a violin made by Antonio Stradivari in 1714. Click here to listen to available tracks: SIX SONATAS, Op. 27
CD – BRAHMS, VIOLIN SONATAS – Violinist Jassen Todorov and pianist Ruzhka Charakchieva. Selections include: Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78; Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100; Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108. Click here to listen to available tracks: VIOLINIST JASSEN TODOROV

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JASSEN TODOROV – VIOLIN SONATAS, by Eugene Ysaÿe and Johannes Brahms

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