Emil Chitakov was born in Russe, Bulgaria in 1974. He started playing violin at the age of six and four years later was given a place at the Russe State School of Music.
His further studies took place at the Royal College of Music in London and at the Guildhall School of Music, under the supervision of Dr. Felix Andiewsky and Ifrah Neaman.
During his studies at Guildhal, he formed a String Quartet which won numerous Chamber Music competitions and awards in 1997, 1998 and 1999, including a First Prize at Carmel Camber Music Competition in California.
As soloist, Emil has performed troughout Europe, South Amercica, Australia, New Zeeland and attended and performed in master classes with Shlomo Mintz in Israel, Igor Oistrach in London and the Takasz Quartet.
His orchestral experience includes the London Schubert Players, the Russian Chamber Orchestra of London, the Brunel Ensemble, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and at present, the Orquestra do Algarve, now named Orquestra Clássica do Sul.