Bulgarian violinist Zhivko Georgiev studied at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with Susanne Stanzeleit, completing both an undergraduate BMus and a Postgraduate Certificate course. During his time at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Zhivko participated in a number of competitions winning the Strings Prize, Leamington Music Prize and the Herbert Lumby Prize. Zhivko also completed training schemes with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham Royal Ballet. Zhivko has enjoyed masterclasses with James Ehnes, Alina Ibragimova, Jack Liebeck, Philippe Graffin and Yuri Zhislin.
Currently, Zhivko enjoys a freelance career regularly performing as an orchestral player and chamber musician. As a freelance orchestral player, Zhivko works with the CBSO, BBC NOW, Orchestra of the Swan and Birmingham Royal Ballet. As a chamber musician, Zhivko regularly performs with the 440 String Quartet and has also played as guest second violin for the Primrose Piano Quartet in their annual West Meon music festival. As a theatre musician, Zhivko has played in a number of productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, including Macbeth (2018), Twelfth Night (2017-18), Hecuba (2015) and The witch of Edmonton (2014).
Zhivko plays on a Charles Jacquot violin, kindly on loan from the Harrison-Frank Family Foundation.