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Concerto Competition Winner Petar Smilev performing with KUSO

Petar Smilev is a Macedonian clarinetist working on his doctorate of musical arts degree at the University of Kansas, studying with one of the most prolific clarinetists in the world Dr. Stephanie Zelnick. He previously studied with Stojan Dimov and Stojo Miserlioski, while he was pursuing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music at the Ss Cyril and Methodius University and Florida Atlantic University.

He was selected to play with the Macedonian Youth Orchestra “Sasha Nikolovski – Gjumar” as a soloist in 2015, performing in Ohrid and Skopje as a part of the Festivals “Ohrid Summer 2015” and “Skopje Summer 2015”. Recognized as one of the most enthusiastic young Macedonian clarinetists as the principal clarinet of the Symphony Orchestra of “Ss. Cyril and Methodius”, he was invited by the Macedonian National Theater. He played a bass clarinet as a part of the Big Band for the musical Chicago and first clarinet as a part of clarinet quartet for the biggest European theatrical performance between Macedonian National Theater and Polish Theater “Helena Modrzejewska” called “Prekinata Odiseja” (Interrupted Odyssey), performing it twenty times in more than twenty cities in Macedonia and Poland. In his last year of undergraduate studies, he worked in the Macedonian National Opera and Ballet for a season as a second clarinetist. He performed in several European countries such as Macedonia, Serbia, Poland, Sweden, and Croatia. Smilev has won several competitions such as: Ss. Cyril and Methodius University Concerto Competition 2017, Florida Atlantic University Concerto Competition 2018, and University of Kansas Concerto Competition 2020.

He has also participated in many masterclasses with world-renowned clarinetists such as Matthias Mueller, Stephen Williamson, Mariam Adam, Boris Allakhverdyan and Madelyn Moore.

See Smilev perform Shaw's Clarinet Concerto Thursday, March 25 at 7:30pm, livestreamed by the Lied Center of Kansas.


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