Born in the Bulgarian port city of Varna in 1989, Miroslav Petkov started playing the trumpet at the age of eleven. Barely a month later, he was accepted to the Dobri Hristov National Academy of the Arts to study with Ivan Iliev. Petkov went on to study at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold under Max Sommerhalder.

Petkov’s first appearance as soloist was at the age of 14 with the Varna Symphony Orchestra. At this young age, he was already exposed to a diverse range of musical genres. In addition to the classical repertoire, Petkov enjoys playing folk music, which he likes to flavour with jazz elements. He is well-known as a soloist on both stages and he says, ‘It helps broaden my thinking. Plus, a lot of classical music is based on folk music.’

Before joining the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in August 2016, Petkov held the role of Principal Trumpet of the Nationaltheater Mannheim for several years. He has also given guest performances as principal trumpet player with the Ensemble Modern, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the NDR Symphony Orchestra.

Petkov’s further successes include winning first prize at many international trumpet competitions, including; Lieksa International Trumpet Competition in Finland, The 21st International Competition Città di Porcia in Italy, The 6th International Jeju Brass Competition in South Korea, and The YAMAHA International Trumpet Contest in Germany.