Prof. Verka Stefanova

Born in 1947, she finished the music school in the city of Varna in 1966 and studied in the National Academy of Music in the city of Sofia from 1966 to 1970 in the class of Prof. Georgi Badev. That period of studies included various solo and chamber performances. She received a special prize and diploma of III common Bulgarian competition for singers and instrumentalists. In 1970 she specialized in quartet studies in Budapest under the guidance of the world famous Prof. Vilmosh Tatrai.

Then followed a long and fruitful period working as a concert-master of the philharmonic orchestras of Varna, Plovdiv and Sofia, respectively.

Her solo repertoire includes concertos by Beethoven, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Pipkov, Vivaldi, and Stravinsky - "The soldier's tale, Haydn - Sinfonia Concertante" for violin, cello, oboe and bassoon, Vivaldi - "The four seasons", etc.

She founded a number of chamber orchestras with which she toured the country and abroad (New Clavier Quarter, Studio Concertante, Plovdiv String Quartet, etc.).

Prof. V. Stefanova has made numerous recordings in Radio Sofia (anniversary performances of clavier trio and clavier quartet by Lubomir Pipkov; series of contemporary pieces by Bulgarian composers; several CDs with solo and chamber music).

Since 1987 V. Stefanova has been a lecturer in the National Academy of Music -professor in the Violin Department.

Many of her students hold prestigious positions in various orchestras in the country and abroad; part of them are laureates of national and international contests.

She has also been a lecturer for more than 20 years in the specialty "Orchestral Parts".

She has received awards and honors for major achievements in musical performance.

She was a deputy chairperson of the Bulgarian Union of Musical and Dance Workers from 2002 to 2006.

She has been a member of the selection committee at various national contests.

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