photo Pavel Chervenkov

Born in Varna, Bulgaria, Ludmil Angelov graduated at the Pancho Vladigerov State Music Academy in Sofia. His teachers were Viktoria Spassova, Ludmila Stoyanova and the phenomenal pianist and pedagogue Konstantin Stankovich, former assistant of Pancho Vladigerov in his piano classes. He won prizes and diplomas at international competitions, including the Senigallia (Italy, 1976), Frederic Chopin (Poland, 1985), Palm Beach International Competition (USA, 1990), Piano Masters (Monte Carlo, 1994) and World Piano Masters Tour (France, 1997).

Ludmil Angelov's debut recital in New York was at Lincoln Centre in 1990. He has also played at many other major concert halls, such as the Philharmonie in Berlin, Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salles Pleyel and Gaveau in Paris, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Herkulessaal in Munich, KKL in Lucerne, the Opera of Monte-Carlo, Brucknerhaus in Linz, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Auditori in Barcelona, Palau de la Música in Valencia, the concert halls of the Moscow and Milan Conservatories, the Palace of Music in Athens and KBS Hall in Seoul.

The music of Chopin has been a constant of his performing career. During the 1987–88 season he performed the complete solo-piano works by Chopin in a cycle of twelve recitals, a unique event for which he received the prize of ‘Young Musician of the Year in Bulgaria'. He has also participated in some of the most significant Chopin festivals in Belgium, France, Italy, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, South Korea and the USA. In 1999 he presented the complete Chopin in Madrid and other cities of Spain; ten years later, in the 2009-10 season he again performed the complete Chopin in Spain and Bulgaria. His recording of Chopin’s complete rondos and variations was awarded a Grand Prix du Disque Chopin by the National Chopin Institute in Warsaw.

Since 2006 Ludmil Angelov has performed several world-premieres of works by Nikolai Kapustin and is now considered as one of the leading interpreters of Kapustin's music.

The CD labels for which Ludmil Angelov has recorded include RCA, Danacord, Gega New, Non Profit Music and Pentatone. His recording of the five piano concertos by Pancho Vladigerov is being released by the label Toccata Classics on a series of three CDs. In June 2015 he will record the world-premiere recording of the recently discovered early Piano Concerto of Moritz Moszkowski for Hyperion.

Ludmil Angelov gives master-classes at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia, where he is a honorary professor. In November 2011 he was awarded the Gloria Artis medal by the Polish Ministry of Culture for his contribution to the international promotion of Polish music. Since 1992 he has lived in Toledo, where he is the Founding Artistic Director of the Toledo International Music Festival. He is also the founder of the Piano Extravaganza Festival in Sofia.