Снимка на Вилиана Вълчева по време на концерт

VILIANA VALTCHEVA (1980) is one of today’s outstanding young Bulgarian conductors. She graduated from the Dobri Hristov National School of Arts in her native town of Varna with a degree in piano, then continued her studies in Switzerland at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern, receiving her diploma in the piano department (2001). She graduated from the Conservatory of Music in Neuchâtel with a major in piano accompaniment  (2004), the Musikhochschule Lucerne with a BA in opera and symphonic conducting, music and bassoon under Prof. Turing Brehm, prof. Achim Fiedler, Prof. Beate Blettler (2008). She also graduated as a musicologist at the University of Bern (2011).

She graduated magna cum laude in opera and symphonic conducting at the Lucerne University of Music in the class of the long-time chief conductor of the Zurich Opera, Prof. Ralf Weikert. This was followed by masterclasses with renowned conductors such as Bernard Heitink, David Zinman, Zubin Mehta and Pierre Boulez.

In the period 2004 – 2014 she was engaged as conductor of various ensembles around the world: the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Haydn Sinfonietta (Vienna), the Faenza Philharmonic Orchestra (Italy), the Hochdorf Orchestra (Lucerne), the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (South Africa), the Bern Concert Orchestra, etc. She is the accompanist and assistant of the Wagner Festival in Wels (Austria).

From 2008 to 2014 she was awarded the prestigious “Zeno-Karl Schindler” (Geneva) scholarship for medieval German music, as well as the “Richard Wagner-Stiftung-Bayreuth” scholarship to study the works of Richard Wagner.

Viliana Valtcheva was a finalist at the renowned International Conducting Competition in Vienna. She is an active conductor in the Berlin Forum “Das Kritische Orchester”, formed by musicians from the most prestigious German orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra, Dresden Kapelle.

In 2013 she started working at the Lucerne Opera Theatre as a rehearser and assistant to the principal conductor, staying there for three seasons. The same year she was assistant in a new production of the Zurich Opera with Fabio Luisi as chief conductor.

In 2014, at the invitation of Varna Opera’s artistic consultant, conductor Borislav Ivanov, Viliana Valtcheva became a full-time conductor in her hometown, where she realized new productions such as Giordano’s Andrea Chenier, Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, Bellini’s Norma, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and many others.

In January 2018 she made her stage debut at the Teatro Francesco Cilea in Reggio di Calabria (Italy) with Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem, and later that year staged Bellini’s opera Norma to great acclaim. Viliana Valtcheva successfully conducted at the Opera in Plovdiv, Biel/Solothurn (Switzerland), she is part of the Knobelsdorff Ensemble with Staatskapelle Berlin. Since 2021 she has also been a full-time conductor at the Rousse State Opera, and in January 2022 she made her debut with the Sofia Philharmonic.

In July 2022, at the invitation of the renowned Argentine tenor and conductor José Cura, she took part in the first edition of the Pelješac Festival in the town of Orebic (Croatia).

In the 2023/2024 season, Viliana Valtcheva conducted the enthusiastically acclaimed Bulgarian premiere of the musical The Addams Family at the Opera open festival in Plovdiv, and participated in the Symfonia Umenia summer festival in Bratislava with the Staatskapelle Berlin orchestra.



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