With extensive activity as a conductor, violinist and teacher, Nikolay Lalov has accumulated a wealth of experience. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, N.Lalov began studying the violin at the age of six. He completed his studies at the National Music School "L. Pipkov ", which he left with a gold medal for the very high results during his studies. He later graduated from the National Academy of Bulgaria as a violinist and later completed a course in conducting.
During this time he worked with one of the most prominent Bulgarian violinists of all time, a student of the legendary David Oeistrach, Prof. Stoilka Milanova (a winner of the Queen Elizabeth Competition). N.Lalov participated in several master classes with musicians such as Janos Starker (chamber music), Ifra Nyman (violin) and Dimo Dimov (Bulgarian Quartet), amongst others. As a conductor he studied with the great pedagogue and conductor Lilia Giuleva. Demonstrating notable teaching qualities, he became the youngest violin teacher at the most prestigious music school in Bulgaria, "L. Pipkov". Thus from the very beginning of his artistic career he showed versatility: as a solo violinist, conductor and teacher.
N.Lalov’s organizational skills and enthusiasm have enabled him to create a number of orchestras and ensembles in Bulgaria and Portugal, where he moved with his family in 1989, at the age of 29. The Orchestra of Music Teachers (1987-88) in Sofia, the Ensemble Concertino (1992), the Youth Orchestra of the City of Évora (1992) and finally the Chamber Orchestra of Cascais and Oeiras (1996) are the products of his effort to create a cultural infrastructure in both countries. He participated in the creation of the first professional school of music in Portugal, and with the Cascais Chamber Orchestra performed at the General Assembly of European Festivals (Estoril 1998). He also represented Portugal at EXPO 2000 - Hannover with the Youth Orchestra of the City of Évora. The Chamber Orchestra of Cascais and Oeiras, under his direction soon became a project of great cultural impact. Concerts in Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Bulgaria and participation in national and international festivals, are proof of the high standard of the orchestra.In 2015 Lalov was invited as a guest conductor of the American National Festival in Chestertown (USA)