Zhivko Nikolov – Guitar & Piano
Zhivko Nikolov has a B.M. and M.M. in Guitar Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University. He is also on faculty of the Gasse School of Music and the St. Nicholas School of the Arts where he teaches guitar and piano.
Zhivko Nikolov studied under the supervision of the world reknown performer and teacher Denis Azabagic. While being part of the Music Conservatory, Zhivko had the opportunity to meet and perform for several world known artists such as: Marcin Dylla, Paul Galbraith, Elena Papandreo, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Nicholas Golouses, Zoran Dukic, Annielo Desiderio, Berta Rojas, Judicael Peroy, Mathew Cochran, and Eduardo Catemario.
In 2014, Mr. Nikolov had the opportunity to study Baroque Performance Practice and Transcription as a private course for one semester with the renown and knowledgeable Baroque music specialist and organist Dr. David Schrader.
In addition to his classical musical training in guitar and piano, Mr. Nikolov continues to explore a variety of musical styles that give him broader musical perspective and stylistic approach. In 2012, he formed a clarinet guitar duo with which he often performs world music in various venues in Chicago. He also established a flute and guitar duo with the flutist Margarita Kozhuharova in 2014 named “Utopia.” In addition to their classical music repertoire the duo performs its own arrangements of a wide range of music genres such as jazz, bosa nova, tango, famous film music, and pop songs covers.