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Stanichka Dimitrova, whose playing has been described as “wonderfully full in tone and exuberant in performance” by the San Francisco Classical Voice, was a winner of the 2010 Concerto Competition at Stony Brook University, which resulted in a solo performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto. She has also been a First Prize winner in the “Barbara Krakauer Scholarship Award” Competition at the Associated Music Teachers League in New York City, “Hopes, Talents, Masters” International Competition in Dobrich, Bulgaria, “Svetoslav Obretenov” National Competition in Provadia, Bulgaria, and was a Top Prize winner of the National Competition for Austrian and German Music in Burgas, Bulgaria. Ms. Dimitrova is a graduate from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Sally Thomas. She recently received her doctoral degree at Stony Brook University, studying with Philip Setzer, Pamela Frank, Soovin Kim and Philippe Graffin.
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In 2017 Stanichka made her Carnegie Hall solo debut in Weill Recital Hall under the auspices of of Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York and St. Cyril and St. Methodious International Foundation.
Stanichka is the founder and artistic director of PhiloSonia chamber music series, designed to create a personal connection between audience members and classical music and was most recently featured in Guernica Magazine. For more information about PhiloSonia visit: www.PhiloSonia.com
In addition she is currently a Teaching Artist for the New York Philharmonic’s Philharmonic Schools Program, where she participates in a variety of outreach activities and performances in public schools throughout New York.
As a former member of the Esperanto String Quartet she was invited to participate in "Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Festival" in San Francisco. Other festivals and summer programs she has attended include Meadowmount School of Music (New York), Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Summer Festival (Germany), International Summer Academy Vienna-Prague-Budapest (Austria), Sarasota Music Festival (Florida) and Castleton Music Festival, VA (with founder and artistic director Lorin Maazel). As a chamber musician, Stanichka is also a founding member of the Almava Piano Trio with fellow Juilliard School graduates pianist Sookkyung Cho and cellist Sara Cortinas. She has performed with acclaimed groups such as Metropolis Ensemble, Symphony in C and New World Symphony. As a member of the world renowned Verbier Festival orchestra, Ms. Dimitrova, has performed with conductors such as James Levine, Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Paavo Järvi, and was also invited by Maestro Dutoit to participate in his festival in Miyazaki, Japan. She has also appeared on PBS’s Live at Lincoln Center series with the Juilliard Orchestra’s performance, “A Gala Night At Alice Tully Hall”.
An avid performer of contemporary music Stanichka regularly collaborates with new and upcoming composers from the New York City area. In 2007 she gave the premiere of the Richard Russell’s Violin Sonata, which was written and dedicated to her, and in 2009 she gave the American premiere of the newly found Clarinet Quintet movement by W.A. Mozart (completed by Dr. Robert Levin) at the Sarasota Opera House, Florida, where she got to collaborate with world renowned clarinetist Charles Niedich.
In 2002 Ms. Dimitrova made her orchestra debut with the Shumen Philharmonic in Bulgaria playing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. She performs regularly in Europe and the U.S. both as a soloist and a chamber musician. She has participated in master classes by Mincho Minchev, Vanya Milanova, Maxim Vengerov, Joseph Silverstein and Ruggiero Ricci.
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