Stefan Popov, an internationally known cellist, born in Bulgaria, graduated with honours and a special gold medal from the Moscow Conservatoire and an exceptional prize from the Union of Soviet Composers. His professors were the most distinguished Russian cellists, Knushevitsky and Rostropovich. Having been a prizewinner in many competitions, his career subsequently developed very rapidly, both as a performer and as a teacher. He was invited to become a professor at Boston University and later Head of the Cello Department at the New England Conservatoire. In 1977 he was invited to come to England from where his career is now based.Stefan regularly performs and gives masterclasses in conservatoires throughout the world, and is on the panel of several international juries.
In 1966 he won a prize in the Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition. Prize-winner in many competitions, including Moscow, Geneva, Vienna, and Florence.
Now one of the most widely acclaimed professors in London, he combines his busy career as a performer with teaching at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and holds the post of cellist-in-residence at the City University. His repertoire includes all the major works for cello from the Baroque period to the present day. He has played with many leading orchestras and distinguished conductors.