Dr. Zahari Metchkov

Dr. Zahari MetchkovBoth a pianist and an organist, Dr. Zahari Metchkov has performed at such venues as New York’s Avery Fisher Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center. He has concertized in Israel, Bulgaria, and the United States. Dr. Metchkov released his first CD in 2008 – a recording of works for piano and orchestra by Franz Liszt and Cesar Franck. Native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Dr. Metchkov holds BM in piano and organ performance, MM in piano performance, and DMA in piano performance with a minor in music theory from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio. In 2010 he joined Colorado State University-Pueblo’s department of music in the capacity of Assistant Professor of Music, teaching applied piano, piano related courses, as well as music theory. Dr. Metchkov has also taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music as well as Youngstown State University. He directed the Cleveland based Ensemble Secundum Silentium, serves as artistic adviser for the San Angelo Piano Festival, and in May 2009 co-directed the Youngstown State University Intensive Piano Workshop. Currently he directs the Pueblo Keyboard Arts Festival. As a performer he has appeared in the Mostly Mozart Music Festival, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Bridgehampton Music Festival, Geneva Chamber Music Festival, New Year’s Music Days Festival, and San Angelo Piano Festival. He has appeared live on radio WCLV Cleveland, Bulgarian National Radio, Radio Alma Mater-Sofia.

Dr. Metchkov has been enjoying an active artistic life as a soloist, chamber artist, as well as church musician. He has been a guest artist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Suburban Symphony, University Circle Chorale, University Circle Wind Ensemble, and Pleven Philharmonic. Future performances include Stravinsky Concerto for Piano and Winds with the CSU-Pueblo Wind Ensemble and Liszt Concerto N0.1 with the Pueblo Symphony. Besides music, he also enjoys skiing and is steadily working on climbing Colorado’s fifty-four 14ers.