In former Yugoslavia, Robert Cekov (1968) won the first and third prize in two state competitions for young violinists. In 1989 he finished his conservatory studies in Novi Sad with Ilya Grubert. In the years of 1985-1990 he gave many recitals with piano accompaniment at various music festivals in Belgrade, Skopje and Novi Sad. In 1996 he obtained a performing musician diploma under guidance of Olga Martinova at the Rotterdam Conservatory, the Netherlands.
Since 1990 Robert works as the first violinist tutti with the Dutch Ballet Orchestra (now Het Balletorkest) in Amsterdam. He regularly performs as a soloist with the Orchestra of Macedonian Philharmony and plays chamber music with different ensembles. Cekov also plays with the famous pianist Jan Mulder, who was concertmaster of his orchestra the Mulder Consort/Amsterdam Festival Orchestra, Ichtus String Quartet, Holland Symfonia quintet.
Furthermore, he plays regularly with world quartet Souvenir, and performs with several world music ensembles. Cekov worked as a soloist on numerous recordings including the piano album ‘Romance’ of pianist Wouter Harbers, which was nominated for the “Zilveren Duif” award.