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Curriculum Vitae

     The Bulgarian violinist Marina Zdravkova Dimitrova was born on 10th March 1985 in Bulgaria in a family of actors. She started playing the violin in 1992 at the age of seven. Only one year later she won the First prize at the National Competition for children violinists in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. At the age of 9, Marina gave her first solo recital and in the same year-1994, she played as a soloist of  Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra together with the notable Bulgarian conductor Alipy Naidenov.
       In 1995 Marina was accepted at the National Music School in Sofia, Bulgaria where in 2004 she graduated from with the highest honours and National Diploma from the Ministry of Education and Science.
       In 2004 Marina was awarded with a full scholarship by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, UK. She completed the Bachelor of Music Course at the Guildhall in 2008 and was admitted by resolution of the Senate to the Bachelor of Music with Honours in Music Class Two Division One. 
Marina also did the Master of Music Performance – Advanced Instrumental Study, Violin Course  / 2008-2009/ at the GSMD  in the class of prof.Krzysztof Smietana. Now she is accepted for a Specialization in the Postgraduate Chamber Music Course at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna (Austria) – in the class of  Prof. Johannes Meissl.
     She is specializing in Chamber Music with a scholarship from the Esterhazy Foundation, Austria. In December 2010 she won a place (1st violin) in the Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna.

       The violinist is a winner of the following national and international competitions:

  • National Competition for children violinists -
    Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria - 1994
  • National Competition for children violinists -
    Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria -1995
  • National Competition for performance of german and austrian 
    Music - Burgas, Bulgaria - 1997
  • National Competition “Young Musical Talents”,
    Sofia, Bulgaria - 1998                          
  • International Competition “Music and Earth”
    Sofia, Bulgaria - 1998
  • International Competition “Music and Earth”
    Sofia, Bulgaria - 2000
  • International Competition “Music and Earth” /soloists/
    Sofia, Bulgaria - 2001
  • International Competition “Music and Earth” /chamber music/
    Sofia, Bulgaria 2001
  • Special Prize for performance of Bulgarian concert -2002
  • International Violin Competition “Nedyalka Simeonova”
    Haskovo, Bulgaria - 2002 
  • International Competition “Young Virtuosos“ Sofia, Bulgaria - 2004 
                                

     In 2003 Marina was awarded with the annual scholarship for classical music from Foundation “Rayna Kabaivanska” in Sofia, Bulgaria.
She also got one of the most prestigious awards “Young Musician of the year”-Bulgaria /2003/. After her excellent graduation from the National Music School in Sofia /2004/, Marina got an award for “Extraordinary achivements in the field of art”. It was given to her from the President of Bulgaria. Her name was engraved on the wall of fame on the monument “Bells” in 2004.
   
      In 2005 and 2006 she got an award for participation in the International Master class of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Trenta, Slovenia.
    
      In 2007 she participated in the Chamber Music Master class of the International Music Festival in Casalmaggiore, Italy with her established Piano Trio “Estrela”.
    
     The same ensemble got a Nomination for the prestigious award “Crystal Lyre” for supreme achievements in the performing art-Sofia, Bulgaria (2007).
     In the autumn of 2008 Marina was the only student of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama who was accepted in the London Symphony Orchestra Scheme. She is going to have a few concerts with the world famous orchestra in 2008/2009.

     She is specializing in Chamber Music with a scholarship from the Esterhazy Foundation, Austria. In December 2010 she won a place (1st violin) in the Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna.

The young Bulgarian violinist has participated in the violin master classes of:

  • Prof. Yfrah Neaman, UK: 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001
  • Prof. Kevork Mardirossian, USA: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • Prof. Mincho Minchev, Germany:1997,98,99, 00, 02, 03, 04
  • Prof. Maria Radicheva, USA: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • Prof. Petru Munteanu, Germany - 1999
  • Prof. Kevin Laurans, USA - 2002
  • Prof. Emma Rubinstein, USA - 2003
  • Prof. Oleh Krysa, USA: 2003, 2004
  • Prof. Sergey Kravchenko, Russia - 2004
  • Prof. Friedemann Euchhorn, Germany - 2005
  • Volkhard Steude - leader of the Vienna Philharmonic, Austria: 2005, 2006
  • Prof. Taras Gabora, Canada - 2007 
  • Prof. Boris Garlitsky, France - 2008
  • “Kungsbacka” Piano trio, “Takacs” String quartet and “Belcea” String quartet, Prof. Johannes Meissl.

 

    The Bulgarian violinist has given solo and chamber music recitals in Bulgaria, Hungary (Budapest), Chech Republic (Prague), Slovenia (Trenta), Austria (Vienna, Musikverein; Alpbach), Italy (Casalmaggiore), Greece (Athens) and UK (London: St. Martin-in-the fields, St. James Church and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Reading, Yorkshire). 
  
She has been invited to play as a soloist of: 

  • Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra - 1994
  • Haskovo Symphony Orchestra – 2002
  • Pleven Symphony Orchestra - 2003
  • Festival Orchestra “Art Generation XXI”- 2003 /New Year concert/
  • Orchestra ”Symphonietta”, Sofia - 2004
  • Arion Orchestra – London – 2007, 2008
  • Àll Souls Orchestra – London - 2008

She has participated in many National and International Music Festivals:

  • New Year Music Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria - 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008
  • March Music Days, Ruse, Bulgaria - 2002
  • Winter Musical Evenings, Pazardjik, Bulgaria - 1997, 2002
  • Varna Summer, Varna, Bulgaria - 2000, 2001, 2003, 2008
  • New Bulgarian Music, Sofia, Bulgaria - 1996
  • Sofia Music Weeks, Sofia, Bulgaria - 2001, 2003
  • Music Festival, Oberstdorf, Germany - 2005
  • Music Festival, Trenta, Slovenia - 2005, 2006, 2009
  • International Music Festival, Casalmaggiore, Italy - 2007
  • Apollonia Festival of Arts, Sozopol, Bulgaria - 2007.

Marina has been a member of the following orchestras:

  • Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna
  • Vienna Chamber Orchestra
  • London Symphony Orchestra -(Barbican Hall in London)
  • Guildhall Symphony Orchestra – London
  • Russian Orchestra-London
  • Arion Orchestra – London
  • All Souls Orchestra – London /“Royal Albert Hall”/
  • Orchestra Europa - London
  • Sinfonietta Baden – Vienna
  • Classic FM Orchestra - Sofia
  • Chamber Orchestra “Sofia” / Leader/    
  • Festival Orchestra ”Art Generation XXI” - Sofia
  • Youth Philharmonic Orchestra – Sofia
  • Youth Festival Orchestra - Ruse


Recordings:

  •  Solo recital – CD - 2002
  • Green Angels Collection - CD4 - 2001
  • Bulgarian National TV,BTV - Balkan News Corporation,Nova Television,TV7, 7days,Bulgarian National Radio

Marina Dimitrova is the Bulgarian voice of Harmione Granger from “Harry Potter”, Wendy from ”Peter Pan”, Felin from ”Bambi”, the girl from “Monster House”, “Tinker Bell”, “Coraline” and voice of different characters of Walt Disney’s films.

 
 
     
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