Yavor Petkov was born in 1980 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He got his first bassoon lessons at the age of 12 in Sofia. In 1993 he was accepted to the music school “Lubomir Pipkov” in Sofia were he studied with Peter Kotzev. In 1998, Yavor started studying at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover with professor Dag Jensen.
During his studies, Yavor participated regularly in the Villa Musica chamber music courses in Frenswegen. In 2004, Yavor got his first contract with the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Alongside, he played with the Radio Orchestra Hanover, the Orchestra of the Hanover State Opera, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.