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Nicolai Tanev

Nicolai Tanev

8 reviews

About 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 (link hidden)itar 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).

"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!
Lauren, former client"





Verified Review

Lovely performance

By Dian D. on November 15, 2015

Nicolai is a true professional and an exceptional artist. We all enjoyed his music and found him to be very easy to work with! I highly recommend him for any event!

Hired As: Classical Guitarist

Awesome guitarist!

By Greg R. on December 13, 2013

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.

Hired As: Guitarist

Great guitarist, excellent music, incredible professional

By Nathaniel W. on October 28, 2013

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

Hired As: Guitarist, Jazz Guitarist

A wonderful and accomplished artist.

By Octavio O. on May 6, 2012

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.

Hired As: Classical Guitarist, Composer, Guitarist, Jazz Guitarist

Excellent musician and great person

By Lloyd N. on February 10, 2012

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.

Hired As: Classical Guitarist

Solid performer..

By Derek L. on January 24, 2012

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.

Hired As: Classical Guitarist

Review by Phil H.

By Phil H. on May 30, 2011

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.

Hired As: Classical Guitarist

Review by Lauren E. Y.

By Lauren E. Y. on March 28, 2011

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!

Hired As: Classical Guitarist

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 60 - 180 minutes
  • 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.

Additional Booking Notes

Amplification provided by me.


Nicolai Tanev have been playing guitar since he was (link hidden) 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 (link hidden)e 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.

He was also the guitarist in residence for the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA for about 5 years.
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

Past Booked Events

Jun 04, 2016 Wedding Ceremony
Feb 27, 2016 Dinner Party
Nov 14, 2015 Cocktail Party
Nov 11, 2015 Cocktail Party
Oct 31, 2015 Wedding Reception
Aug 29, 2015 Wedding Ceremony

Set List

This is a non-exhaustive list of wedding songs most requested by former clients:
However, every song you might request will be arranged for classical guitar and played as long as it sounds good on guitar solo.

Air on a G string by Bach
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – J.S.Bach
Here Comes the Bride ( Wedding march from Lohengrin)
The Wedding Song by Paul Stookey
Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles
Canon in D by Pachelbel
Prelude from Cello Suite # 1- J.S.Bach
Ave Maria – F. Schubert
Ave Maria - Bach- Gounod
Wedding march – F. Mendelssohn
Ode to Joy – L. Beethoven
Wonderful Tonight – E. Clapton
Can’t Help Falling in Love
All You Nedd Is Love - Beatles
In my Life - Beatles
Moon River - H. Mancini
Waltz op. 39 #15 – J. Brahms
Dreams of love – F. Liszt
Trumpet Voluntary by Clarke
Trumpet Tune by Purcell
Air from “Water Music” – G. Handel
La Rejouissance – G. Handel

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


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