Stefan Hadjiev is the Principal Cello in The Handel Collection. He was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and studied at the National School of Music in Sofia. In 2001 Stefan was the only string player to be awarded with a full scholarship to continue his studies at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2008 Hadjiev joined the Southbank Sinfonia as principal cellist and soloist of the orchestra and played also for the Royal Opera House, English National Theatre, Academy of St Martin and the Fields, London Sinfonietta and BBC Concert Orchestra. Stefan is also a member of the Vardanyan String Quartet.