Vasco Abadjiev

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Vasco Abadjiev (Bulgarian: Васко Абаджиев, Vasko Abadzhiev) (14 January 1926 – 14 December 1978) was a Bulgarian virtuoso violinist. He was the son of Nikola Abadjiev, a violin professor at the Sofia Conservatory, and Lala Piperova, a pianist. Abadijev was born in Sofia, then part of the Kingdom of Bulgaria. A child prodigy, as early as June 1932, at the age of six, he played in Vienna before the jury of the first international competition in violin. The six-year-old child became the sensation of the contest and was one of the youngest violinists to make his international debut in the twentieth century. By the age of nine, Abadjiev already had a secondary school diploma, and in 1936 he left for Brussels, Belgium with his parents. There, in 1937, he received the Special Prize. In May 1938 he was awarded the First Prize and gold medal at the VI International violin competition in Liège. He also received the first prize of the Brussels conservatoire and a gold medal from King Leopold III, whom he visited in the palace. At 13 years old he graduated from the Brussels conservatoire with the highest distinction, and commenced a concert tour around Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark  ( Wikipedia article )


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