Nicolai Tanev

Why book Nicolai Tanev?

Classical, Brazilian, Flamenco and Jazz Standards instrumental music for weddings,rehearsal dinners, clubs, restaurants, all kind of private and corporate events or acoustic blues with singing.Guitar lessons available too- all styles and levels are welcome!

Nicolai has released 4 albums and his composition "Sofia Blues" won the Runner-Up Award of IAMA 2007 ( International Acoustic Music Awards).





Awesome guitarist!

This is the second year in a row that Nicolai has performed at our holiday party. He is an excellent musician and I highly recommend him.

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Reviewer: Greg R.
Event: Corporate Event in Atlanta, GA
Event Date: Dec 12, 2013
Hired As: Guitarist

Great guitarist, excellent music, incredible professional

Nicolai is a consummate professional, and he really helped set the mood for our wedding. His musical expertise is top notch, and his guitar playing during the our wedding processional and recessional really brought together the great emotions for our wedding day. Do not think twice - hire Nicolai for your wedding - you will very glad that you did! Thank you, Nicolai, for making our wedding so special - Madeleine and Nathaniel

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Reviewer: Nathaniel W.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Atlanta, GA
Event Date: Oct 26, 2013
Hired As: Guitarist, Jazz Guitarist

A wonderful and accomplished artist.

I invited Maestro Tanev to play at a birthday dinner for my wife.
He is masterful, very, very professional, and a wonderful artist.
His selection of music to play, and his absolute mastery in playing it were a ;highlight of the evening.

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Reviewer: Octavio O.
Event: Birthday Party in Kennesaw, GA
Event Date: May 5, 2012
Hired As: Classical Guitarist, Composer, Guitarist, Jazz Guitarist

Excellent musician and great person

Nicolai Tanev has been Guitarist-in-Resdience at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art in Atlanta for four years. He has been giving four concerts a year which he included a wide range of composers from Bach, Brahms to Brazilian to his own composiitions. He has always been well received and I can highly recommend him. He is very easy to work with and very flexible.

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Reviewer: Lloyd N.
Organization: Oglethorpe University Museum of Art
Event: Concert Venue in Atlanta, GA
Event Date: Jan 22, 2012
Hired As: Classical Guitarist

Solid performer..

Hired Nicolai to perform at our Christmas Talent show for the kids. We wanted to expose them to some music that they normally would not have been exposed to. He was on time and very professional. I would definitely recommend Nicolai for laid back ambiance music such as weddings and similar events.

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Reviewer: Derek L.
Organization: KidsAtlanta
Event: Competition in Clarkston, GA
Event Date: Dec 17, 2011
Hired As: Classical Guitarist

Review by Phil H.

Nicolai provided music for the ceremony and cocktail time for an outdoor wedding at the Atlanta Botanical Garden for a client of mine. (I am a wedding planner). He is an accomplished professional, both in terms of his musicality and his communication/dealing with clients. He arrived on time and performed flawlessly. I recommend him without hesitation.

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Reviewer: Phil H.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Atlanta, GA
Event Date: May 28, 2011
Hired As: Classical Guitarist

Review by Lauren E. Y.

Nicolai is very professional and easy to work with. Great communication! We hired him for our wedding ceremony and it was perfect. I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a classical guitarist. We had a wonderful experience!

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Reviewer: Lauren E. Y.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Dahlonega, GA
Event Date: Mar 20, 2011
Hired As: Classical Guitarist

Booking Info

  • Fee: $200-2000
  • Languages: English, French, Russian, Other


Mix of light Classical, Brazilian, Jazz Standards, Flamenco and Acoustic blues instrumental music creating a pleasant, calm and very suitable for your private parties or corporate events atmosphere.
Wedding repertoire subject to discussion with the client(s).
Music requests available at no extra charge.

Past Booked Events

12/14/12 Jones Day Holiday party, Atlanta
11/10/12 The Summit event, Roswell
11/03/12 Wedding Andrew, Avondale estates
10/20/12 Thomas Wedding, Aqua, Atlanta
09/29/12 Wedding Emily, Vinnings
09/16/12 Classical guitar concert at OUMA
09/15/12 Atlanta Oprea Ball, St. Regis hotel
05/05/12 Octavio birthday party, Kennesaw
04/28/12 Wedding Jessica, Atlanta
04/27/12 Montessori school Alpharetta, spring festival
04/15/12 Classical guitar concert at OUMA
02/02/12 UGA Gwinett campus, Coffe & Culture event
01/22/12 Classical guitar concert at OUMA
12/17/11 Kids Atlanta Christmas talent showcase, Clarkston
11/13/11 Classical and Brazilian guitar concert OUMA
10/16/11 Carrie G. wedding
10/10/11 UGA Coffe & Culture event, Lawrenceville
10/02/11 Classical and flamenco guitar concert at OUMA
06/28/11 Wedding Moss, Atlanta Botanical Garden
05/23/11 Coffe & Culture UGA, Gwinett Campus
05/14/11 Wedding Robbins, Sautee, GA
04/30/11 Wedding Nicole, Serenbe Inn
04/16/11 Wedding Wardel, Duluth, GA
03/20/11 Wedding Evans at Montaluce vineyards, Dahlonega, GA
03/06/11 Brazilian guitar evening at Piola Restaurant, Midtown Atlanta
02/27/11 OUMA Classical guitar concert, Atlanta GA
02/14/11 Valentine's day event at Rosa Mexicano, Atlantic Station
01/29/11 KBO event at Woodstock, GA
12/19/10 Christmas Guitar Concert - OUMA
12/16/10 Christmas Party Membercliks
12/11/10 Proposal Party Navarro
11/20/10 Wedding Eiland
11/16/10 Wedding Dickinson
11/11/10 Private party Bettsack
11/07/10 OUMA - Guitar Concert
09/25/10 OUMA French Exhibition
09/24/10 NFC Amenity live music event
08/21/10 Wedding Cooper at Big Canoe
08/18/10 Hennessy Cadillac car showing party
05/22/10 Wedding Elliot
04/29/10 UGA Gwinett campus - Coffee & Culture event
04/24/10 Wedding Scott
04/10/10 Wedding Lindgren
04/08/10 Coffe & Culture - event at UGA Lawrenceville, GA
03/27/10 Birthday Party Atlanta, GA
03/20/10 Wedding ceremony and reception of Karen, Loganville, GA
03/04/10 OUMA - Areading of letters between Matisse and Bonnard, in French
03/03/10 OUMA - A reading of letters between Matisse and Bonnard, in English
02/16/10 Coffee & Culture - event at UGA Lawrenceville, GA
01/23/10 Henri Matisse - a celebration of French poets & poetry- opening reception at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art
12/20/09 "Christmas guitar concert" at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art
10/20/09 University of Georgia Lobby, Gwinett Campus, Lawrenceville, GA
10/10/09 Wedding ceremony at the Vinings Club, Atlanta, GA
10/04/09 "Spanish and Flamenco guitar favourites" concert at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art
10/03/09 Cobb Energy Centre - 30th Anniversary Opening night of the Atlanta Opera
09/26/09 Opening ceremony of the exhibition "What is Cuban Art?" at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
09/24/09 Young Presidents' Organization Southern 7- Wine tasting event, Flamenco evening, Atlanta'GA
06/04/09 Luncheon, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta GA
05/30/09 Wedding Ceremony & Reception, Marietta,GA
04/26/09 Classical Guitar Concert, Oglethorpe University Museum of Art
04/11/09 Wedding Ceremony, Snellville, GA
02/21/09 Ethnic Celebration of the Girl Scouts, Marietta, GA
12/19/08 Christmas concert / Borders store, Marietta.GA
11/08/08 Wedding ceremony & cocktail hour / Lawrenceville, GA
11/02/08 Concert at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art/ Atlanta
10/29/08 CNN Corporate event /The Inn at Serenbe& The Farmhouse
10/11/08 Wedding ceremony and cocktail hour / Atlanta
10/04/08 Wedding ceremony & cocktail hour / Atlanta, GA
06/05/08 The Cave Tapas Bar& Lounge / Kennesaw, GA
05/31/08 Corporate event / Art Institute of Atlanta
05/24/08 Wedding ceremony / Atlanta GA
05/16/08 Corporate event / Art Institute of Atlanta
04/26/08 Engagement party / Duluth GA
04/25/08 Free concert / Bordres store, Atlanta GA
04/25/08 Rehearsal dinner / Fayetteville, GA
04/20/08 Concert at Oglethorpe Museum of Art / Atlanta, GA
03/29/08 Wedding ceremony/ Decatur, GA
03/29/08 Wedding / Atlanta GA
12/15/07 Christmas Party - Chattanooga
12/11/07 Corporate Event
12/08/07 Borders store
11/10/07 Art beyond borders - Crabapple
11/03/07 Borders store
10/13/07 Birthday Party
10/11/07 Corporate Event
10/08/07 Private party
10/06/07 Borders 4475 Roswell Rd.
09/29/07 Starbucks Coffee

Nicolai Tanev

Nicolai Tanev have been playing guitar since he was sixteen.In 1990 the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture issued Mr.Tanev certificate which gives him the right to perform as a stage artist and in 1995 he got his certificate for guitar teacher.He' s been teaching and playing many clubs and restaurants in Sofia for many years.

In 2007 he was given the status of Alien of Extraordinary Ability and has moved to Atlanta, GA, where he became one of the most sought-after wedding and party guitarists.The same year Mr. Tanev's composition "Sofia Blues" won the Runner-Up Award of IAMA ( International Acoustic Music Awards) in Florida, U.S.A.

Mr. Tanev have been teaching guitar at Draisen-Edwards Music School in Marietta, GA for 2 years and a half.

Now he is the guitarist in residence for the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art.
He speaks English, French,Russian and Bulgarian.

"Cocoa Beans"- Brazilian guitar music, 1997
"Tribute to Robert Johnson" -acoustic blues, 2003
" Romantic Guitar Serenade" - classical, 2007
"Latin 'Scapes" - latin american music, duets with flutist Teresa Lemaire, 2008


I cannot thank you enough for being a part of it and playing your beautiful music! You are amazing!!!

– Carrie, bride

Your music is mesmerizing!!! Love it, love it, love it! Got chills while listening

– Kathy, mother of the bride

Thank you, you were lovely. Here is my testimonial:
Working with Nicolai was a delight.He was punctual, and played beautifully for a party we had.His music is great for a party ambiance or for a true concert.We will use Nicolai again and I highly recommend him!

– Ashley Patterson

We want to thank you for playing such wonderful music at our wedding; everyone enjoyed it very much.The guitar was a perfect compliment to a beautiful day.We appreciate your profesionalism; being on time and appearance were as we had hoped.Please feel free to use us as a reference
Best regards, Karen and Will

– Karen & Will

We enjoyed your music immensely.It was warm and beautiful to hear.The tone of the instrument was lovely and you played it expertly and sensitively.

– Teresa Raetz, Director of students affairs for extended campuses

Nicolai added a wonderful performance in our theatre lobby to the opera performance inside on our 30th Anniversary Opening Night. He made patrons feel very welcome with his warm and beautiful playing.

– Mary K. Roarabough

Thank you for being such a wonderful part of our wedding.The music was absolutely perfect, we couldn't have been more pleased!

– Katie & Josh

Thank you so much for everything this past weekend.It was very lovely and we received many compliments on the music.It was perfect!

– Germaine Hieber, Snelville, GA

Nicolai added so much to my wedding ceremony and reception.His talent is outstanding.I got many compliments on my choice of Nicolai as my guitarist and would recommend him for any kind of wedding or other event.He was perfect!

– Katie Rozar, Atlanta GA

I was very pleased with the music at the wedding.You were very prompt and professional.You listened to wat I wanted.I am extremely happy as is my daughter, the bride.

– Jane Williams, Atlanta GA

Nicolai did an otstanding job providing beautiful background music for our engagement party.He was on time, professional and played fabulous music.I would recommend Nicolai for any party or wedding ceremony.He also looked very formal and professional, and his equipment took very little space which was great. Thank you, Nicolai!

– Mollie J. Allen

For our wedding, we wanted ceremony music that was both classic and unique.We found Mr.Tanev and got exactly what we hoped for. The music was beautiful, and he was friendly and professional. We received positive comments on his skillful and heartfelt playing and how it accented our ceremony. It was a delight having Mr. Tanev play at our wedding.

– Noah & Rhonda

From myself and the entire Sulzer staff, thank you so much for your wonderful music. It was so beautiful and it created such a warm, relaxed and pleasant atmosphere for our evening.
Everyone enjoyed it very much.
We would love to have you play again for upcoming events.

– Kristi Leming, Sulzer Pumps

Dear Nicolai,
On behalf of the Alpha Art Guild I would like to thank you very much for your generous help last Saturday with our event Art Beyond Borders. Your music created the perfect warm atmosphere,encouriging folks to linger and enjoy at Jittery Joe's. We received much positive feedback from visitors, and several artists made sales or received leads on commissioned work. We also recruited several new members for our group and raised awareness of the wealth of local artistic talent in our community. We could not have done it without you!
In this season of thanksgiving,the Alpha Art Guild is thankful for you!

– Dianna Smeal, President of Alpha Art Guild

I highly recommend Nicolai without reservation.Not only is he an amazing musician but he is the consummate professional.He arrived exactly when he promised and made our intimate dinner party so special.Everyone there( including the creative director for the Atlanta Opera)was delighted with Nicolai's performance.Do not think twice about hiring him for your next event - call him now!

– Marie-Paule Peacock, Owner, Designing Lifespaces

On the whole, this is a very enjoyable album ( "Tribute to Robert Johnson" - Guitar Nick&Blue Al).You are both fine musicians and very restraint.

– Bruce Iglauer

His musical interests are very wide and spread from music for classical guitar till blues, flamenco and bossa nova.

– Press release from Riva Sound Ltd.

Knowing Mr. Tanev's musical abilities in the fields of blues and classical guitar, I have the pleasure to recommend him as a musician and guitar teacher

– Philippe Beke, Ambassador of Belgium in Bulgaria, former client

I have come to the conclusion that Mr. Tanev is indeed an artist of extraordinary ability.His recordings have met with positive critical acclaim.

– Laura Kaminsky

Influences & Inspiration

John Williams,David Russel, Paco de Lucia, John Mc Laughlin, Al di Meola, Joe Pass, Joao Jilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim

Setup Requirements

Nothing but an armless chair