Biography

As an active lute player, Yavor Genov has played solo and basso continuo in most of the European countries and in some of the most important stages and opera houses: Great Britain (incl. St. John Smith Square), The Netherlands (incl. Concertgebouw Amsterdam), Russia (incl. Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, and St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Grand Hall), Germany (incl. Berliner Philharmonie Großer Saal), France (incl. Paris Cité de la Musique, Philharmonie de Paris), Spain (incl. Teatro Real de Madrid), Portugal (incl. Grande Auditório da Gulbenkian, Lisbon), Greece (incl. Athens Megaron), as well as the most famous early music festivals – Barcelona, Utrecht, London, Brugge, York. Yavor has played with some of the most well known singers like Núria Rial, Anna Prohaska, Karina Gauvin and personalities like Andrew Lawrence-King, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Enrico Onofri and also with international groups like Cordevento, MusicAeterna, EUBO, Les Ambassadeurs among others.

He has made records for Brilliant Classics, Sony Classical, National radio of Bulgaria. His two solo CD’s – “Kapsberger – Libro primo di lauto” (2013) and “Zamboni – lute music” (2014) have received international critical acclaim.

Yavor studied early plucked instruments and basso continuo with Jakob Lindberg. That crucial period was preceded by sixteen years of playing classical guitar which led him to the richness and purity of the Renaissance and Baroque lute music. 

Yavor works also as a musicologist in the field of the Renaissance lute repertory and Latin chant. He is an author of one book and number of publications.