Pavel Ralev is a Bulgarian guitarist based in London. Shortly after his first guitar lessons at age twelve, Pavel was accepted as a student at the National School of Music and Dance Arts ‘Dobrin Petkov’ in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, studying with Milena and Valentin Valtchev, and graduating with a special mention. He went on to study with Michael Lewin at the Royal Academy of Music on a full scholarship and is currently studying towards a Masters at the University of Surrey with guitarist-composer Professor Stephen Goss.
Pavel is a Licentiate of the ABRSM obtaining distinction and has won several competition prizes, most recently the first prizes in the London Strings Competition 2018 and GuitArt Plovdiv 2019.
Pavel has participated in masterclasses with world-renowned guitarists such as Fabio Zanon, David Russell, Marcin Dylla, and George Vassillev. He has performed live for both the Bulgarian National Radio and Television, and in venues such as Duke’s Hall, the University of Surrey, the House of Commons, St. James’ Piccadilly and the Bulgarian National Opera.
In addition to his solo activities, he is a founding member of the Metropolitan Guitar Quartet, together with his friends Michael Butten, Giacomo Susani and Emmanuel Sowicz. The quartet made their public debut in October 2019.