Magdalena Valcheva

Magdalena Valentinova Valcheva was born on 12.11.1988 in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.

She began her violin studies at the age of five in the class of Milena Valeva at the National Music School “Liubomir Pipkov”, Sofia, graduated with excellence in 2007.
In 2005, she has been selected to receive a scholarship provided by “Deuche Bank”, which has permitted her to study with prof. H. Kayaleh at the “Kayaleh Violin Academy”, Switzerland during the academic 2005-2006.
From 2007, she has been a student at the National Music Academy “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov”, Sofia with prof. Verka Stefanova, violin and prof. Angel Stankov, chamber music. She graduated with excellence the National Music Academy with a Bachelor degree in violin performance and chamber music in 2011.

Magdalena Valcheva is a laureate of many international competitions for violin and chamber music:
 The Grand Prix “Gustav Mahler” and a special prize “Beat Furrer” for contemporary music at the Second International Competition for Austrian instrumental chamber music, Sofia 2010
 The First Prize for chamber music at the International Competition “Music and Earth”, Sofia 2009 and a special prize for string quartet at the same competition in 2011.
 The Second Prize at the First International Competition for Austrian instrumental chamber music, Sofia 2008
 The Second Prize (first not awarded) at the International Competition for violinists “Nedyalka Simeonova”, Haskovo 2008
 The Second Prize for violin performance at the International competition for German and Austrian music “Magic”, Burgas 2007 and the Third Prize at the same competition in 2003.
 The Third prize with a Special mention at the Fifth International Violin Competition “Dobrin Petkov” in 2007 and the Third Prize at the 2004’s edition of the same competition.

She has performed important concert pieces and concertos as a soloist with the orchestras "Symphonieta", Sofia and The Academic Symphony Orchestra, Sofia.

Magdalena Valcheva has performed numerous recitals in Bulgaria and Switzerland. Her recital in Lausagne in 2005 has been highly esteemed by the Critic:
“Her mastership is evident, even at the age of seventeen. Thank you for giving me so much hope for the future of Music.” Gean-Pierre Gounod, music critic

Magdalena Valcheva has participated in several master classes with Ivry Gitlis, Anton Martynov, Salvatore Accardo, Francesco Manara, Giorgio di Crosta, Erich Hoebart, Oleh Krisa, Kevork Mardirosyan, Mincho Minchev, Vesselin Parashkevov, Dora Bratchkova, Eszter Perenyi, Ferenz Rados, Frederic Pelassy, Klang forum Vienna and many others.
She has participated in music seminars such as the ISA Prague-Vienna-Budapest, Austria 2008, where she had the opportunity to play with an instrument of a historical value by Francesco Ruggieri.
In 2009, she attended the prestigious music seminar IMS Prussia Cove, England, as well as the Livorno Music Festival in 2015.
From 2011 to 2013, she has been a student of Salvatore Accardo at the International Music Academy “W. Stauffer”, Cremona, Italy.

In 2010, she has been invited to participate in the orchestral masterclass and the concert season of the Academy Teatro alla Scala, Milano, held under the guidance of the first sections of the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra with a full scholarship provided by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2012, Magdalena Valcheva has been selected for a two years Orchestral Performance Masterclass Program at the Academy Teatro alla Scala in the class of Francesco Manara.

Magdalena Valcheva has an extensive chamber music experience in ensembles from duo to sextet.
She is the founder and leader of the “Anima” string quartet that has performed in Sofia, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Ruse and many other cities in Bulgaria. They have carried out the first performances in Bulgaria of important chamber music works in collaboration with musicians from Bulgaria and Italy. In 2010 the ensemble was the winner of the First International competition for Austrian instrumental chamber music in Sofia and the quartet was invited to give a concert at the international “Austrian music weeks” 2011 under the patronage of His Excellency Mr. Gerhard Reiweger. In 2011, the “Anima” quartet awarded a special prize for chamber music at the competition “Music and Earth”. In collaboration with the Italian violoncellist Cristiano Frisenda, they have presented to Bulgarian public the String quintet of Franz Schubert in a series of concerts, supported by the Italian Culture Institute.

In 2011, Magdalena took part at the Orchestral Auditions for collaboration at the “La Verdi” Orchestra of Milano for Concertmaster (finalist) and Section violin (eligible). She has collaborated with the “La Verdi” Orchestra of Milano as a section violin during the 2011-2012 concert season.
Since 2012, she is a member of the Mannheimer Philharmoniker in the quality of Principal Second violin.
Magdalena Valcheva has been a member of the Academy of La Scala Orchestra in the quality of Concertmaster from 2012 to 2014.
After a successful Audition in September 2012 Magdalena Valcheva is collaborating with the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra in the quality of First violin tutti member. She also collaborates frequently with the orchestras “Filarmonica della Scala” and “Cameristi della Scala”.

Magdalena Valcheva is a founding member, in the quality of First violin, of the Entheos String Quartet, Italy.

Since September 2014, Magdalena Valcheva is an Associate Violin Teacher at the “Duca d’Aosta” Institute, Novara.

Magdalena Valcheva has participated in theatre performances and films as a musician and actress

At present Magdalena plays a beautiful Ferdinando Gagliano 1780 violin.

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Short Profile

NameValcheva, Magdalena
Date of Birth1988-11-12
Born inBulgaria, Europe
Home LocationNovara, Italy
Main languageEnglish
Additional languages Bulgarian,  Italian 
attended UniversitiesNational Music Academy "P. Vladigerov", "W.Stauffer" Academy, Academy of La Scala, "Kayaleh" Violin Academy, ISA Prague-Wien-Budapest, IMS Prussia Cove
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