German violinist Philip A. Draganov was born in Hamburg to a family of musicians. At the age of four he received his first violin lessons from his father, Christo Draganov, and from Meike Thiessen. Soon after, he became a student of Roland Greutter, the first concertmaster of the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra (NDR).
Already at the age of 6, Draganov won first prize at the German competition, "Jugend musiziert". At the age of 10, he was awarded the first prize at "Jugend musiziert" in overall Germany and was then selected to represent Germany at the international competition "Premio Mozart" in Verona / Italy. There, he won a prize for a RAI EUROVISION television production which was aired in 24 countries.
In the following years, he won further awards and competitions such as the „Wettbewerb zur Förderung junger Künstler“ and was invited by conductor Gerd Albrecht for concerts at the State Opera in Hamburg. Several foundations such as the "Oscar and Vera-Ritter Foundation" have awarded him scholarships during his studies.
With 12, Philip Draganov made his debut as a soloist with the Hamburger Symphonikern in the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg. Numerous television appearances on NDR TV as well as radio recordings have documented his career as a young violinist.
At the age of 14, Philip Draganov became the youngest student of Uwe-Martin Haiberg at the Julius Stern Institute of the Berlin University of the Arts (today: University of the Arts). He then studied for several years at the Juilliard School in New York with Margaret Pardee, Masao Kawasaki, Robert Chen and chamber music with Felix Galimir.
He continued his studies in Europe with Herman Krebbers in Amsterdam, at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule in Düsseldorf with Ida Bieler, and at the Hannover University of Music Drama and Media where he studied violin with Jens Ellermann and chamber music with Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartet). He finished his studies at the Zurich University of the Arts with Nora Chastain. After graduating, Draganov took lessons in barock violin with Prof. Elizabeth Wallfish in London. In addition to his studies, master classes with Ana Chumachenco, Thomas Brandis, Rosa Fain and Marina Yashvili have completed his overall education.
With his "exuberant musical strength and impulsive virtuosity" (Hamburger Abendblatt), Draganov has been exciting audiences in Europe, Asia and the USA for more than 30 years. He has performed in some of the most important concert halls in the world such as Carnegie Hall / New York, the Tonhalle Zurich, the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing, the Cologne Philharmonic, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, and the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, as well as at major festivals like Aspen Music Festival / USA or Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival/Germany. As a passionate chamber musician, he regularly performs in changing formations from duo to octet.
After the 2009 release of Draganov's CD with sonatas by Franck, Brahms and Schnittke, he released his new new solo CD, "The Violin Battle", featuring works by Bach and Ysaÿe in February 2017 with Solo Musica. The CD is distributed worldwide by SONY MUSIC in Europe and worldwide by NAXOS.
In addition to solo performances, recitals and chamber music concerts, Draganov is regularly invited by major orchestras to perform as concertmaster or section leader. He has worked with conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnány, Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Michael Bernard Haitink, Sir Roger Norrington, Tilson Thomas and Günter Wand in various orchestras such as the NDR Symphony Orchestra/Hamburg, the Saarländischen Staatstheater Saarbrücken or the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.
Philip A. Draganov plays a violin by the Italian luthier Tomaso Balestrieri, a disciple of Stradivari, from 1769, as well as modern instruments by Stephan von Baehr (Paris) and Peter Greiner (London).
Philip A. Draganov lives near Zurich