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Nicolai Tanev

Nicolai Tanev

11 reviews
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About Nicolai Tanev

Classical, Flamenco and Jazz Standards instrumental guitar 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).

"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"




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Great job

By Vann M. on December 14, 2016

Great job

Hired as: Classical Guitarist
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A Modern Day Master

By Chris P. on November 18, 2016

Nicolai was great! He really made our event stand out. Very professional, on time, and he was a good player to boot.

Hired as: Classical Guitarist
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Consummate professional!

By Rashid N. on October 4, 2016

I was just married to the woman of my dreams on a perfect day in October. Nicolai made the ceremony even more surreal. He was on time, so attentive and kind. He played basically all the songs requested and didn't flinch when we were running behind. He set the mood for our most special day. I can't thank him enough.

Hired as: Guitarist
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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 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.

He was also the guitarist in residence for the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA for about 5 years and keeps on working regularly with UGA Gwinnett Campus providing live music for their Coffee & Culture regular event.
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

Dec 04, 2016 Personal Occasion
Nov 14, 2016 Corporate Event
Oct 01, 2016 Wedding Ceremony
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


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

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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