Biography


Nikolay Karageorgiev is a Bulgarian musician, – an accomplished guitarist and a composer. He is equally versed in rock, jazz, funk, blues, classical music and traditional Bulgarian music and is renowned for his amazing improvisations, refined sound and exhilarating solos. Nikolay Karageorgiev was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, in 1973. He graduated from High Scool of Music ‘Dobrin Petkov’ in his home town where his major was violin. He began playing the electric guitar at the age of sixteen and it very soon became his main instrument. During this same period, from 1992 to 1995, he had numerous opportunities to play together with many of the most famous jazz musicians in Bulgaria and he established his name as one of them. These groups and artists are ‘Beli, Zeleni, Cherveni’ Jazz Band, Asen Doykin, Vasil Parmakov, Hristo Yotsov, Plamen Karadonev, Angel Zaberski – Junior. Nikolay Karageorgiev realised a lot of band projects at almost all jazz festival stages in the country. After having performed for several years in Bulgaria and abroad, he was granted a scholarship from the oldest European school for jazz “Swiss Jazz School” in Bern, Switzerland, where he was awarded a Master’s degree in jazz guitar performance. During the Bern period, he, together with some of his Swiss colleagues, were invited to become part of the programmes of the International Jazz-festival in Bern, Freiburg Jazz Festival, Jazz Nights Langnau, Bird eye Jazz Club, Bierhübeli Club, Moods Jazzclub, Innere Enge Jazzroom and others. He played with Swiss Jazz Orchestra, Lukas Thoeni’s Amygdala, Siphon, New Generation Orchestra, Funky Brotherhood , etc. He also participated in projects with other well-known musicians, such as Billy Cobham and the trumpeter and composer Markus Stockhausen. Along with the performances on the European jazz scene, Nikolay Karageorgiev was part of a number of pop projects, among which Stefanie Heinzmann & Band, Sandee, musical “Romeo & Julia”, as well as in the most successful Swiss musical “Ewigi Liebi”. Working as a guitarist, he also had the opportunity to teach at Swiss Jazz School and Jazz Nights Langnau, where he led workshops on jazz improvisation and guitar performance. After a ten-year stay in Bern, he returned to his home town, where he formed Nikolay Karageorgiev Trio. Now settled in Bulgaria, he plays in a number of projects with famous musicians, such as Teodosi Spasov, Veselin Koychev, Miroslav Turiyski, Aleksandar Lekov, etc. He teaches jazz guitar performance at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv and also dedicates time to leading workshops at the “Bee Bop Cafe” Jazz Club, which are attended by both young guitarists and his colleagues with years of experience. All of them, – he and the other performers -, find these meetings really helpful, communication-provoking and highly inspiring.