Nikola Kyosev
(1989) was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He started playing the flute at the age of 10 with Ivaylo Vasilev(National School for Music and Dance Art - ”Dobrin Petkov”) and prof. Lidiya Oshavkova (National Music Academy). Shortly after that he was accepted at the NSMDA “Dobrin Petkov”, where he graduated in 2008 with distinction, winning the Teacher’s Union Prize for High Musical and Educational Achievements. 

Nikola furthered his studying under the tutelage of Katherine Bryan (principal flute with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra) in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD) from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree with honours in 2013.

Nikola is currently doing his Master of Music degree with Myriam Graulus in the Royal Conservatory of Ghent, Belgium. 

Nikola has already earned himself a reputation as a talented and virtuoso musician. His skills as a flute player have taken him around the world, performing in various halls throughout the UK, Bulgaria, Germany, Austria, Gran Canaria and many other places.

He is a prize winner of both National and International competitions, including the Special prize for virtuoso performance at the 15th International Competition “World and the Earth” –Bulgaria, and First Prize in the Internationale Festival fur Jugendblasorchester im Landkreis Chemnitzer Land, Germany.

In 2009 Nikola attended William Bennett’s Summer Academy at Trinity College (London), with scholarships by Hope Scott Thrust and Arista Scholarship (granted by William Bennett).

Nikola Kyosev enjoys playing in ensembles and in orchestral setting. As a duo with the pianist Silviya Mihaylova, he won 1st prize at the North London Festival for Music and Dance (2010) and later that year, the Kyosev – Mihaylova Duo was accepted as a duo in the prestigious Live Music Now! Scotland scheme, bringing the joy and inspiration of live music to those who have limited access to conventional music.

Nikola has performed as a soloist with such orchestras as the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra, Pazardjik Symphonic Orchestra, the NSMDA and AMDA orchestras.  He is also a part of the Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has had the great opportunity to do the Side-by-side programme (2010) and the One-year Apprenticeship programme with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (2011).

On 5th May, 2011, was the premier of his first composition – Mind Cell, which was chosen for inclusion in the PLUG 2011 festival.

During the summer of 2012, Nikola attended the Trevor Wye International Flute Summer Course, being given a scholarship by Arista FLutes and Hope Scott Trust. 

Recently, in April 2014, together with his colleagues Ivaylo Vasilev, Maria Slavcheva and Magdalena Dimitrova, he received 3rd Prize for the performance of Bozza's Jour D'Ete A La Montagne, at the Music and Earth International Competition - Sofia, Bulgaria