Kamen Vatchev

Posted June 21, 2021

Valparaiso, IN

Kamen Vatchev is a native of Bulgaria. He did his undergraduate studies at the Music Academy of Bulgaria, during which time he won First Prize and Special Diploma from the Bulgarian National Competition for Chamber Music and performed for four seasons with the first violin section of Sofia Philharmonic. After relocating to the United States, he attended Northwestern University and graduated with a Master’s in Music Performance. He has performed with the Chicago Sinfonietta, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet and the Woodstock Mozart Festival. Currently Vachev is a member of the Northwest Indiana Symphony and Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. He was appointed Concertmaster of Whiting Festival Orchestra in 2003 and South Shore Orchestra, Valparaiso, Indiana, in 2010.

Vatchev is also a very active teacher. He has taught violin for more than thirty years at Valparaiso University, Hinsdale Center for the Arts, Birch Creek Music Festival and currently teaches at Merrillville and Portage High Schools and First Conservatory of La Grange, Illinois. In addition, he has a large private studio. Many of his students have won competitions and awards. Some of his students have graduated from or are studying music at such prestigious schools as Interlochen Arts Academy and De Paul, Northwestern, Indiana, Boston, Valparaiso, Illinois and Butler Universities.