Bulgarian-born violinist Chavdar Parashkevov has captivated audiences throughout Europe and the US with his sensual artistic approach, sensitivity, and virtuosic technique. Mr. Parashkevov has been awarded a number of prizes from various Bulgarian competitions. These include: Second Prize in 'Best Performance of Bulgarian Music' - Varna 1993, First Prize in the National Competition 'Svertoslav Obretenov' - Provadia 1994, Special Prize in a competition for the 'Best Performance of Czech and Slovak Music' - Varna 1995, First Prize in 'Young Talents Competition' - Sofia, and prize for a Bach performance in 1996. Mr. Parashkevov's diverse career has included numerous appearances with different orchestras. He has soloed with the Varna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Festival Chamber Orchestra in Varna, as well as the Schumen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of Music School 'L. Pipkov' in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2005 Chavdar and pianist Vessela Gintcheva released the CD 'Moto Perpetuo'. In May 2009 the CD was played on Space Shuttle Atlantis during mission STS 125 to the Hubbel space telescope. Currently Chavdar Parashkevov is performing as a core member of the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet Orchestras.