Atanas Krastev graduated from the National Academy of Music Sofia with a Master’s Degree in Prof. Anatoli Krastev’s class and specialized with Prof. Natalia Shakhovskaia – in Escuela de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid, In 2021 he is Associate Professor and teaches cello at the NMA „Pancho Vladigerov“ and NMS „Lyubomir Pipkov.“He is a laureate of many competitions including „Jeunesses musicale“ (Serbia-2015) and the International Competition „Liezen“ (Austria – 2014), among others. He was awarded the Award for chamber music of Reina Sofia (bestowed by Queen Sofia herself), the Diploma and Award of the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture, the Title of the Academy of Young Talents, the Golden Muse Award for the performance of Russian music, and the Crystal Lyre of the UBMD, The Golden century award of the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture.
Atanas Krastev performed in Austria, Brazil, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Greece, Serbia, Slovakia, Russia, and at all important Bulgarian festivals. He has taken part in numerous concerts filmed live by the Bulgarian National TV, the Belgrade. National TV, TV Globo (Brazil), in music documentaries and studio recordings at the Bulgarian National Radio, an audio CD with the ‘Sofia Soloists’ Chamber Orchestra. He has given numerous masterclasses in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, and Ukraine.
He is the artistic director of the international cello festival and academy“Cellisimo“