Devorina Gamalova

Violin & Viola Tutor

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Dr. Devorina Gamalova was born in Bulgaria to Bulgarian-German parents. She graduated from the State Academy of Music in Sofia as a violinist under the instruction of Prof. Bojan Letchev (D. Oistrach's pupil) and Assistant Prof. Dora Bratchkova. Masterclasses also gave her the opportunity to work with Prof. Eduard Melkus and the leading Russian violinist Prof. Grigory Zhislin.

She studied violin performance at postgraduate level at the Royal College of Music with Prof. Zhislin, followed by an advanced solo study in viola at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Prof. David Takeno. While studying she won numerous awards, scholarships and competitions. In 2002 she obtained her Master degree and in 2008 she was awarded a PhD at the London College of Music (University of West London). Since her graduation in Sofia, she has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in many European countries and has been involved in numerous broadcasts, CD and TV productions in Bulgaria, Germany, England (BBC Radio 3 and 4), and others.

For four years she was the leader of the Riesa Symphony Orchestra (currently Neue Elbland Philharmonie) in Germany. Dr Gamalova was also a recitalist for Yehudi Menuhin's ";Live Music Now!" and founded a similar organisation herself in Bulgaria in 2010.

She has recorded Poulenc's Violin Sonata, M. Goleminoff's Little Suite for Viola Solo, Tchaikovsky's Seranade Melancholique and Meditation and Schumann's Marchenbilder on a CD under the "Gega New" label. As a soloist, she performed many violin and viola concertos and pieces from the standard repertoire but also some more varied pieces, such as the Violin Concerto by Pergolesi and Sonata per la Grand' Viola by Paganini. She has also performed works written specifically for her, such as Concertino for Violin and Viola for one soloist by John Howard [2010] and the Concerto for Violin and Viola by Ian Schofield [2012].

Apart from her performing career, Dr. Gamalova teaches violin and viola at Trinity College of Music, London College of Music, Goldsmiths' University College in London and at Birmingham Conservatoire, as well as assisting Prof. Grigory Zhislin at the Royal College of Music. She directs regular masterclasses in the UK, Germany, Bulgaria, Italy and others.

She has also written numerous published articles, prefaces and recollections on music and literature in newspapers, magazines and books in Germany, Bulgaria, UK and Belgium.

"A more serious contribution from, of all places, Bulgaria, with the violinist Devorina Gamalova, makes the best case I have heard for the imperfect Poulenc Sonata for Violin and Piano. Gamalova, now based in London, has a high-flying virtuosic style like other Slavic players, such as Wanda Wilkomirska, but she tempers it with a chamber music sensibility, aided by her British accompanist Peter Rhodes."

Benjamin Ivry [Poulenc's biographer], CD review, The Yale Review, Volume 87, Issue 4, P. 171

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