Pavel Minev was born in Bulgaria into a family of musicians. He started his violin classes at the age of 5 with his mother Yova Iordanova, a prominent violin teacher. When he was six, he performed his first Vivaldi concerto with the Sofia Chamber Orchestra. The well-known magazine Gratia Italy, said, "[he is the] Bulgarian Paganini of tomorrow, and today he is only six." In 1997 Minev graduated cum laude from Moscow State Conservatory with the class of professor Bochkova. He participated in the graduation concert in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory. In 1997 Pavel opened the biggest Bulgarian festival, "March Music Days," with the premiere of K. Kyurkchiysky's violin concerto. In 1998 he played at the opening of the World Youth Olympic games in Moscow with the Russian State Symphony Radio and TV Orchestra. In 2000 he participated in a big concert at the Russian Parliament.