Syon Najman

Syon Najman

Syon Najman

Syon Najman is born in 2002 in Antwerp, Belgium in an international family and is the eldest of four musical siblings. He started playing the cello at the age of six in the class of Daniela Cherpokova at the National Music School in Sofia, Bulgaria. Later he further specialized with Romain Garioud at the Conservatory of L’Haÿ-les-Roses in Paris, France. Currently he is a student of Jens Peter Maintz at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Over the years he attended masterclasses with cellists, such as Stefan Popov, Miklós Perényi, Lászlo Fenyö, Michel Strauss, Jerôme Pernoo, Troels Svane, François Guye, Kirill Rodin, Denis Severin, etc.

Syon is a first prize winner of numerous national and international competitions, such as the Concertino Praha Competition and Karl Davidov International Cello Competition. He is also a laureate of the David Popper International Cello Competition, Cantus Firmus Musical Competition, Young Virtuosos International Competition, etc. He has been nominated as Young Musician of the Year by the Bulgarian National Radio and is a scholar of the Stoyan Kambarev Foundation.

Chamber music seamlessly became part of Syon’s musical life and since recently he partners with violinist Lora Markova, resulting in warmly applauded concerts in Bulgaria and countries across Europe, winning first prices at Music and Earth Competition and Cantus Firmus Competition in Bulgaria and the Special Price of the Bohuslav Martinu Foundation at the Concertino Praha Competition. Syon highly estimates his performances with renowned musicians such as Giuliano Mazzoccante, Veneta Neynska, Alexandru Gavrilovici, Franziska Hölsher, Romain Garioud, Marko Ylönen, Alexander Gordon and others.

He has played as a soloist with the Czech National Radio Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Pleven Philharmonic Orchestra, Sliven Philharmonic Orchestra and Varna State Opera Orchestra, and he has performed at festivals in Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, and Finland.

Syon plays a young and powerful Bulgarian cello made by the luthier Apostol Kaloferov.