Pavel has a background firmly rooted in the world of classical guitar. He graduated the National School of Music and Dance Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, receiving an award for high musical achievements. He then went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Professors Michael Lewin and Timothy Walker. Pavel has participated in masterclasses with guitarists such as Fabio Zanon, George Vassillev, David Russell, Marcin Dylla, Edoardo Catemario, to name a few.
He has won several prizes in solo and chamber music competitions in his native Bulgaria. He has also performed live for both the Bulgarian National Radio and Television, and in venues like the Plovdiv Philharmonic House, Bulgarian National Opera, Duke’s Hall at RAM, and the House of Commons in the British Parliament.
Pavel is currently splitting his time between teaching and performing. As a teacher, he has lead a performance class for Milena Valtcheva’s students at the NSMDA Plovdiv who shortly after went on to win prizes in the major competitions in Bulgaria. Besides private teaching, he also works with the Da Capo Music Foundation in London, enjoying teaching guitar and early years music classes.
Pavel enjoys playing chamber music as well as solo performance and is currently involved in the Gado Gado Ensemble, which puts together pieces of music that combine a wider scope of genres and musicians who are unlikely to ever play together in the common forms of music making.
7/8 Guitar Duo
7/8 is the guitar duo formed by Pavel Ralev and fellow Bulgarian guitarist Kiril Boshikyov. They are currently working on the repertoire for a CD of original arrangements of French and Bulgarian impressionism by Kiril.