Yoana KyurkchievaEdmonton, AB
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|Types of lessons taught: Piano|
|Levels taught: All levels|
|Ages taught: All ages|
|I offer both in-home lessons and studio lessons.|
|Average cost per half-hour lesson: $15 - $25|
Education: Education Doctor of Music, University of Alberta, CA, expected 2014. Postgraduate, Professional Artist Certificate, GPA 4.0, UNC School of the Arts, 2010. Master of Music, GPA 3.9, UNC School of the Arts, 2009. Master of Music, the National Music Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2007. Bachelor of Music, the National Music Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2006. Awards and Honors FS Chia Doctoral Scholarship, University of Alberta, Canada, 2011, 2010. Honorary Award, MTNA, Southern Division Competition, VA, 2009. First Prize, MTNA, State Steinway Competition in Young Artist Piano, NC, 2008. Merit Scholarship, UNC School of the Arts, NC, 2007-2010. First Prize, the Academy Chamber Music Competition, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2007. Honorary Award, Festival “Peter de Grote,” Groningen, Holland, 2004. Second Prize, Long Island Conservatory, NYC, 2004. Third Prize, “The Seiler,” Competition, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2003. Honorary Award, “Pancho Vladigerov Competition,” Bulgaria, 2001. Second Prize, Competition for German and Austrian Music, Bourgas, Bulgaria, 1997. First Prize, Competition for French Music, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 1997. Second Prize, the International Competition “Carl Filtch,” Sibiu, Romania, 1997. Fourth Prize, Markopolou, Greece, 1997. “The Coast of Hope Festival,” Bulgaria, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003. Solo Appearances Award Winning Recital, Winspear Centre for the Arts, Edmonton, Canada, 2011. Solo Piano Recital, Shallowford Presbyterian Church, Winston-Salem, NC, 2010. Solo Piano Recital, Independence, VA, 2010. Emerging Artist Series, Solo Recital, Lander University, Greenwood, SC, 2009. Award Winning Recital, Kenan Chapel, Wilmington, NC, 2009. Gathering Place in Fearrington Village, NC, 2009. Performance Hour Solo Recital, UNC School of the Arts, 2009. Meadowmount Summer Festival, NY, 2008, 2011. Graduate Piano Recitals, Crawford Hall, and Watson Hall, -UNC School of the Arts, 2008-2010. UNCSA Philharmonic, Stevens Center, NC, 2007-08. Academy Concert Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2006-07. Steinway Hall, NYC, 2005. “Prize Winner’s Concert Tour,” Yeunesses Musicals, Romania, 2005. Merkin Concert Hall, NYC, 2004. “The Seiler,” Kitzingen, Germany, 2003. Festival “Peter de Grote,” Groningen, Holland, 2004. Festival of Contemporary Music “Pianissimo,” Sofia, Bulgaria, 2004. Ruse Concert Hall, Bulgaria, 1999, 2001, 2002. Festivals Participations Meadowmount Summer Festival, the United States, 2008, 2011. Varna Summer Music Festival, 2001-02, 2006. “March Musical Days,” Bulgaria, 1997-2006. The Long Island Summer Festival, the United States, 2004. Festival “Peter de Grote,” Holland, 2004. “The Coast of Hope,” Bulgaria, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003. Chamber Music Festival, Romania, 2001. Master Classes Menahem Pressler, Boris Bloch, Lazar Berman, Oxana Yablonskaya, Yania Aubakirova, Mi- Kyung Kim, Rian de Waal, Bozhidar Noev, Tamara Poddubnaya, and Eric Larsen.
Biography: Bulgarian pianist Yoana Kyurkchieva’s interpretations express musicality and passion. She began to play the piano at the age of four, gave her first performance at the age of eight, and her first concert with an orchestra at the age of eleven. She earned her high school diploma at the National School of the Arts in Rousse, Bulgaria with distinction, and continued her education at the National Music Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria where she received a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree in piano performance, chamber music, collaborative and pedagogy with distinction. Ms. Kyurkchieva won a merit scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and earned with distinction her second Master of Music degree and the Postgraduate Professional Artist Certificate in the piano studio of Mr. Eric Larsen. Ms. Kyurkchieva has won many piano competitions: the International Competition for German and Austrian music, Bourgas, Bulgaria; the International Competition, Markopolou, Greece; the International Competition “Carl Filtsch,” Sibio, Romania; the International Competition “Pancho Vladigerov,” Schoumen, Bulgaria; the International Competition “The Seiler,” Sofia, Bulgaria; the International Competition for French music, Plovdiv, Bulgaria; the Honorary award for outstanding musicianship at “Peter de Grote,” Groningen, Holland; the International Competition at Long Island Conservatory in New York City where she won an award and scholarship; the National Music Academy Competition for Chamber Music in Sofia, Bulgaria; the NCMTA State Steinway Young Artist Competition where she was a winner, and the MTNA Southern Division Competition where she received Honorary Award. She was a soloist with The Classic St. Petersburg Orchestra after winning a competition in New York. Yoana Kyurkchieva has also been a soloist of the Rousse Orchestra, the Schoumen Orchestra and the Academy Orchestra, Sofia, Bulgaria. She continues her studies taking part in festivals and master classes with Menahem Pressler, Lazar Berman, Oxana Yablonskaya, Boris Bloch, Yania Aubakirova, Tamara Poddubnaya, Rian de Waal and Bozhidar Noev. Yoana Kyurkchieva performed throughout Bulgaria, Romania, Germany, Holland, Greece, Russia, Canada, and the USA and participated in concerts at Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, Old Westbury Gardens, NYC, and Stevens Center, NC. She was part of the “Prize Winners Tour,” organized by Yeunesses Musicales, and performed in several cities in Romania. She won a merit scholarship to study at the Meadowmount School of Music where she had solo and chamber music performances. She played recitals in Kenan Chapel, Wilmington, and the Gathering Place in Fearrington Village, North Carolina. She participated in the Emerging Artist Series solo recital in Greenwood, SC. Ms. Kyurkchieva also participated in solo recitals in Independence, VA, and at Shallowford Presbyterian Church, NC. Ms. Kyurkchieva is in demand as an accompanist and appears with many chamber music ensemble partners. She has recorded for the Bulgarian Radio and the Bulgarian National Television. Her performances of solo piano and chamber music at Meadowmount can be found on YouTube. Ms. Kyurkchieva has won FS Chia Doctoral scholarship to attend the Doctorate of Music program at the University of Alberta, CA, where she is currently teaching assistant in the piano studio of Dr. Jacques Després, and Dr. Patrizia Tao.
Events: • Award Winning Recital, Winspear Centre for the Arts, Edmonton, Canada, 2011.