2016 RPS Instrument Purchase Grant recipient
Nevena was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on February 4, 1997 into a non-musical family. She started school with enhanced mathematical studies in her hometown at the age of 7. In parallel with this she played the recorder and the viola. At eleven, she began to play the flute after hearing it on a CD her recorder teacher gave her. At twelve, Nevena was accepted at the ‘Dobrin Petkov’ Music school to study under Doctor Ivailo Vasilev. She gave her first recital at the age of 13.
Nevena has won the following prizes:
- Second prize at the XVI International competition for young musicians in Dobrich, Bulgaria, 2011
- First prize at the XVII International music competition and festival in Dobrich, Bulgaria, 2012
- Soloist prize at the National competition for accompanists in Pleven, Bulgaria, 2012
- Second prize at the International competition ‘Young virtuosos’, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2014
- ‘Dobrin Petkov’ graduate school prize for music achievements and creativity, 2015
From 2012 until 2015 Nevena was the principal flute of her school orchestra. In 2013 she went to a European Union student placement at the State opera orchestra of Plovdiv and received a certificate with an excellent mark.
As a chamber musician Nevena performed in a trio with violin and piano, in a duo with piano, in some flute ensembles. A trio with horn and piano she was part of, under Prof. Stoyan Karaivanov, received Fourth prize and a Special prize for premiere performance at the International chamber music competition in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 2014, as well as First Prize in the ‘Classical ensembles’ category at the Internet Music Competition – Belgrade, Serbia 2016.
Nevena has taken part in many master classes: Prof. Lydia Oshavkova (Bulgaria), Prof. George Spassov (Bulgaria), Hristo Hristov (Bulgaria/Germany), Yavor Jelev (Bulgaria), Patrick Gallois (France), Luisa Sello (Italy), Andras Adorjan (Hungary/Germany), Mario Carbotta (Italy), Prof. Adah Jones (USA).
In 2015 she performed Carl Nielsen’s Concerto with Konstantin Dobroykov and the Plovdiv Symphony orchestra.
Nevena is currently studying at the Royal College of Music with professor Simon Channing.