Conductor Borjan Canev (1973, Skopje) graduated from the Faculty of Music in Skopje in the class of Fimcho Muratovski in 1997 and earned his Masters degree at the State Academy of Music "Pancho Vladigerov" in Sofia, Bulgaria under the mentorship of Vasil Kazandjiev (1998). In 1999 he was appointed as conductor of the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra and toured with this orchestra in Zagreb (Croatia) in 2000. He spent the following year in London at the Royal College of Music earning his Postgraduate Diploma in Performance - Conductor in the class of Neil Thomson. During his time in London, maestro Canev also attended master classes with renowned conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Danielle Gatti, Janos Fürst and is invited to be associate conductor to Sir Colin Davis in Royal College’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. He was awarded the "August Mann" prize for best young conductor at the Royal College of Music and conducts the London Symphony Orchestra as part of the LSO Discovery Conducting Masterclass with Sir Colin Davies.
In the period 1999-2009 Canev conducts numerous concerts with the Macedonian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra in Macedonia and abroad ( Rome, Paris, Istanbul, Prague, tour in Poland etc. ). In 2002 he became assistant professor at the Faculty of Music in Skopje and in the period 2003-2006 acts as a Principal conductor to the "Skopje Soloists" Chamber Orchestra. His successful debut with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in 2004 was followed by consecutive engagements with this highly acclaimed Bulgarian orchestra and since June 2006 he is appointed as their Permanent guest conductor. In 2005 maestro Canev had his debut at the Macedonian National Opera and the year after he conducted the new production of Mozart’s "Die Zauberflöte" as part of the 250 centennial of the birth of the composer. Since 2007, he is a professor at the Faculty of Music in Skopje.
Apart from the Macedonian and Sofia Philharmonic orchestras and the London Symphony Orchestra, Borjan Canev has conducted such orchestras as: Macedonian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta- Sofia, Orchestra of the Macedonian Opera and Ballet, the orchestras of the Royal College of Music in London, the State Academy of Music in Sofia and the Faculty of Music in Skopje, the symphonic orchestra "Stanislav Binicki"-Belgrade, the "Collegium~Musicum Bankja" chamber orchestra, the Jeunesses Musicales Macedonia Chamber Orchestra, "Skopje soloists" Chamber Orchestra, the contemporary music ensemble "Alea" etc. He performed with renowned soloists such as: David Garrett, Ilya Gringolts, Monika Leskovar, Xavier Philiphes, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Christian Frohn, Peter Lucas-Graf, Branimir Slokar, Sergio Tiempo , Blagoj Nacoski, Ana Durlovski etc.
He has conducted various performances at renowned festivals in Macedonia such as: Ohrid Summer Festival, Skopje Summer Festival, May Opera Evenings, Days of Macedonian Music, Autumnal music festivities and at festivals abroad including the Festival of young conductors, soloists and composers in Sofia (Bulgaria), Zagreb Summer evenings (Croatia), Days of chamber music Gabrovo (Bulgaria), Varna Summer Festival (Bulgaria), NOMUS (Serbia) etc. Borjan Canev has appeared as conductor in Great Britain, Italy, France, Czech Republic, Poland, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, etc. and has recorded music for the Macedonian radio an television, Bulgarian national radio as well as for the F.A.M.E.S. Macedonia.