Bulgarian pianist Pavle Krstic (1998) has been praised for his “individuality, sensitivity, lyricism, dramatic and expressive” playing. He currently resides in Austria where he is a student of Prof. Pavel Gililov at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. He made his orchestral debut at the age of 10and since he was 12 he has given numerous solo piano recitals at major events in more than 20 countries. His most significant orchestral appearance was the performance of both the Chopin concerti at the Kolarac Concert Hall with the Ansambl MO Stanislav Binicki Orchestra under the conductor Pavle Medakovic. He has also performed with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of the Ukraine, the Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra amongst others. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with musicians such as Fedor Rudin, Irena Josifoska, Yukiko Uno and Petar Pejcic. He has participated in numerous music festivals which include the Vienna Young Pianists Festival, the Neuhaus Festival in Moscow, the Next Generation Festival in Switzerland, and the Busoni Piano Festival. In 2016 Pavle received the ArtLink – Société Générale Most Promising Young Music Artist Award which lead to the release of his first CD.
He has received more than 40 awards at international piano competitions. 1st prizes include the International Zlatko Grgosevic Piano Competition in Zagreb, the Petar Konjovic Competition in Belgrade, the International Piano Competition for Young Pianist of EPTA in Osijek, Croatia, the Junior Piano Academy Appiano in Italy, the Horowitz Piano Competition in the Ukraine, and the Ferrara Piano Festival 2019 in Italy. Other awards include 3rd prize in the Concours International de Piano Lagny-sur-Marne in France, 2nd prize in the International Piano Competition for Young Musicians in Enschede, Holland, and 3rd prize in the International Chopin Golden Ring Competition in Slovenia. Pavle has received the title of Festival Diplomante at the 4th Neuhaus Festival in Moscow as well as the silver Matryoshka at the 2nd Bolshoi Festival of Russian Music.
During the Covid-19 pandemic he has participated in numerous online competitions and won 11 awards, including the 3rd prize in the Premio Annarosa Taddei in Italy, the 2nd prize in the Juliusz Zarebski International Music Competition in Poland, 1st Prize in the ArtePiano Competition in the UK, and 3rd Prize in the Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford in the USA (2021).