In  2012 he  made his Master Degree in Prof. Anatoli Krastev’s class - National Academy of Music, Sofia.  From 2011 to 2014   Krastev studied in Escuela de Música Rejna Sofia, Madrid, specializing with Prof. Natalia Shakhovskaia.   He attended  masterclases with David Geringas, Frans Helmerson, Arto Noras, Natalia Gutman, Antonio Meneses, Lluis Claret, Young-Chang Cho, Tomas Carroll, Robert Cohen, Daniel Weis, Maria Kliegel,  Reinhard Latzko,  Thomas Demenga  etc.

Currently he teaches cello at the NMA "Pancho Vladigerov"   -" PhD from 2016, assistant professor from 2016 and Chief assistant professor from 2017.

From 2001 to 2015, Atanas Krastev won 16 First and Special Prizes at national and international competitions (Bulgaria, Austria, Czech Republic, Serbia, Spain), including: Award for Chamber Music in Madrid (bestowed by Queen Sofia), the International Competition for cellists "Liezen" (Austria - 2014), International Competition "Jeunesses musicale", Belgrade (Serbia - 2015).     He was awarded the Diploma and Award of the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture, the Title of the Academy of Young Talents, the Golden Muse Award for the performance of  Russian music, and the Crystal Lyre   of the UBMD (2007 and 2012).

Atanas Krastev has performed  in Austria, Brazil, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, the

Czech Republic, Greece, Serbia, Slovakia, Russia, and at all important Bulgarian stages  and festivals.

Since 2002, he is a member of the ‘Cellissimo’ cello еnsemble with Anatoli Krastev and Kalina

Krusteva. Atanas Krastev has performed over 40 concerts as a soloist of Bulgarian and foreign

orchestras. His repertoire includes works from the Baroque to contemporary music.He has

taken part in numerous concerts filmed live by the Bulgarian National TV,  Nova TV, the

Belgrade National TV, TV Globo (Brazil), in music documentaries and studio recordings at the

BulgarianNational Radio, etc.;   DVD by BsB, CD  with the ‘Sofia Soloists’ Chamber Orchestra and

Plamen Djouroff , CD  with “Oscar Esplá de Asisa” piano trio etc.

He made edits for the  violoncello parts in J. Krushev’s  transcriptions of works by

Mendelssohn, Grieg and Rachmaninoff (ed. "Musica").

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