Syon Najman

All prize winners
First Prize
Nationality: Belgian
Instrument: Cello
Date of birth 2002/06/09
Promoted by EMCY, Epoche_f 2019

Syon is born in Antwerp, Belgium in 2002. At an early age he joins the Bulgarian Collegium Hosanna under the guidance of Elitza Hristova and Georgi Popov. He is 6 when he starts playing the cello and joins the class of Daniela Cherpokova at the Bulgarian National Music School Lyubomir Pipkov in Sofia.

As a young musician he regularly works with internationally renowned musicians and pedagogues, among which Stefan Popov, Vladimir Perlin, Dominique de Williencourt, Martina Schucan, Kirill Rodin, Jérôme Pernoo, László Fenyő and others. In 2016 he is accepted in the class of Romain Garioud at the conservatory in L’Haÿ-les-Roses, France. He has participated in music academies and festivals in Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic and Bulgaria, both as a soloist and chamber musician.

Syon is a regular performer at the Music Campus (2016, 2017 & 2018) in the Balchik Palace in Bulgaria, with the warm inspiration of cellist and mentor Stefan Hadjiev. In March 2019 Syon was invited to participate in the Schiermonnikoog Master Classes and Festival in the Netherlands, under the mastership of Jeroen Reuling, cello professor at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels and the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, and renowned Swiss cellist François Guye.

Being a laureate of many international competitions in Bulgaria and abroad his latest success is the first prize at the International Radio Competition for Young Musicians ‘Concertino Praga’ 2019. In June this year he performed in the prestigious Dvorak Hall at the Prague Rudolfinum with the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra before joining all laureates on a tour around Southern Bohemia for concerts in the most emblematic places.

In Bulgaria Syon is often sought after both as a soloist and chamber musician, most recently as a soloist with the Sofia Youth Symphony Orchestra during the Opera in the Park Summer Festival 2019. This year, celebrating the 120th year since the birth of Bulgarian composer Pancho Vladigerov, he regularly participates in commemorating recitals organized by the Consonance Foundation, which hopefully will result in a European tour later this year.

If you are interested in working with Syon, please get in touch with the EMCY Office.



A. Piatti, 12 Capriccios op.25 (No.1)
J. S. Bach, Suites for Cello Solo No.1-G dur
J. S. Bach, Suites for Cello No.2-D moll
J. S. Bach, Suites for Cello No.3-C dur
G. Cassado, Suite for Cello Solo

With piano

L. Boccherini, Sonata in C moll G2
L. Boccherini, Sonata in A dur G4
L. Boccherini, Sonata in G dur G5
J. B. Breval, Sonata in G dur op.12
K. Davidov, Ballade op.25
A. Dvorak, Rondo in G moll op.94
G. Faure, Elegie in C moll op.24
B. Martinu, Variations on Slovak theme
F. Mendelssohn, Cello sonata No.2 in D dur op.58
D. Popper, Hungarian Rhapsody op.68
D. Popper, Dance of the Elves (Elfentanz)
P. Vladigerov, Romance elegique
C. M. Weber, Adagio and Rondo

With orchestra

K. Davidov, Allegro de Concert op.11
E. Elgar, Concerto in E moll op.85
J. Haydn, Concerto No.1 in C dur
D. Popper, Concerto No.2 in E moll op.2
C. Saint-Saens, Concerto in A moll op.33

Chamber music

B. Bartok, Piano quintet in C dur BB 33
L. van Beethoven, Clarinet trio in B-flat dur op.11
L. van Beethoven, String trio op.9 No.2
L. van Beethoven, String trio op.9 No.3
L. van Beethoven, String quartet in F dur op.18 No.1
A. Dvorak, String quintet No.3 “American”
A. Dvorak, Piano quintet op.5 No.1
G. Faure, Piano quintet op.89
F. Mendelssohn, String quartet in F moll op.80 No.6
W. A. Mozart, String quartet No.1 in G dur–KV 80
W. A. Mozart, String quartet No.19 in C dur–KV 465 “Dissonance”
W. A. Mozart, String quartet No.20 in D dur–KV 499
H. Halvorsen, Passacaglia for Violin and Violoncello
F. Schubert, String trio D 471
D. Shostakovich, String quartet No.8 op.110


Syon Najman - Preludio-Fantasia from Suite for Violoncello (G. Cassadó)

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