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Flute & Percussion Duo - Emma Halnan and Hristo Dushev

Emma & Hristo

Emma & Hristo rehearsing at Wigmore Hall

Hristo Dushev

Hristo Dushev was born in Bulgaria in June 1992 and started to play percussion at the age of five studying with Roman Melnikov. He joined the Purcell School in September 2006 with a scholarship from the Government's Music and Dance Scheme, where he studied percussion with Kevin Hathway and drum kit with Darren Altman. In September 2010 Hristo began his studies at the Royal College of Music where he holds a Foundation Scholarship. His teachers at the conservatoire are David Hockings, Andrew Smith, Daniella Ganeva, Hugh Wilkinson, Ralph Salmins and Anthony Kerr.
   
Hristo has had successes in numerous competitions including 2nd prize at the 'Pendim' Bulgarian National Competition for Percussion Instruments (2001) and 2nd prize in the Seventh International Youth Music Festival at Albena, Bulgaria (2002). He was also given the Special Award at the Bulgarian National Competition in both 2002 and 2004, as well as 1st prize in 2006. At the 'Pendim' International Competition for Percussion Instruments Hristo was awarded 2nd and 3rd prize, in 2003 and 2005 respectively. He won first prize at the Junior Guildhall Tuned Percussion Competitions in 2009 which gave him the opportunity to play as a soloist at the Floral Hall, Royal Opera House. Whilst at the Purcell School, Hristo reached the Finals of the Senior School Concerto Competition in 2009 and was Highly Commended in 2010.
    
As a member of the Purcell School Symphony Orchestra, Hristo has performed at venues such as LSO St. Luke's, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Watford Colosseum and St. Albans Abbey. Aside from his orchestral playing, he has given solo performances at the Wigmore Hall, St. Martin in the Fields, the Floral Hall (Royal Opera House) and others. Hristo has been in a duo with flautist Emma Halnan since 2008 and accompanied her in the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2010 Woodwind Final and the Semi-final at the Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff. Hristo and Emma have performed as a duo at the Wigmore Hall, the BBC Wood Lane TV Centre, Bath International Music Festival, Hitchin Festival, Bushey Festival and others.