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Lilia Donkova

Lilia Donkova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1980. She started playing the violin at the age of 6 years and was soon accepted into the National Music School in her native city. At the age of only 8 years, Lilia won an award when she appeared on stage at the “Talented Young Musicians” Festival in Sofia. She followed this in 1990 when she was a prize-winner (aged 9 – 12 years old category) in the Kotzian Violin Competition held in Prague.

In 1992, Lilia moved to Portugal with her family, continuing to study the violin with her father. She kept the rest of hers studies privately in Bulgaria and in 1999 she graduated from the National Music School of Sofia as a part-time student.

In the same year, she won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she began her studies under Professor Lydia Mordkovich. Whilst studying at the Academy, Lilia was awarded several scholarships, including the Barbara Kesterton Award, the Belmoore Woodgate Award and the Picker Trust Award. She was also awarded the John Mundy Award and the Winifred Violin Prize. Lilia was also a member of the Academy Soloists – an elite string ensemble directed by Clio Gould.

During her studies, she played on an Italian violin – Postechini, kindly lent to her from the Royal Academy collection.Graduating with a 1st Class Honours in 2003, she continued her studies on the Post-Graduate Course in Performance, finally graduating in July 2004 with an extra award for her final recital.

Lilia performs as a soloist as well as a chamber and orchestral musician, playing at events such as the International Music Festival of Estoril in Portugal, Festival Iberico in Spain, the Cremona Exhibition of Stradivari Violins, where she played a Stradivarius violin with the Academy Soloists. Lilia has given numerous recitals throughout many European countries, such as England, Portugal, Spain and Bulgaria.

In 2004, she played as a soloist with the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra under David Josefowitz at the Queen Elizabeth Hall- Purcell Room at the South Bank Centre in London as part of the “Genius of the Violin” Festival.

As well as being the leader of the orchestra, she currently appears regularly as a soloist with the Cascais and Oeiras Chamber Orchestra in Portugal.

Lilia also played with the London Sinfonietta and worked with such distinguished conductors as Sir Colin Davies, Sir Charles Mackerras, Lutz Kohler and Jean Pascal Tortelier amongst others.

Lilia has participated in many masterclasses including ones given by such eminent musicians as M. Fuks, S. Rosenberg, J. Seiger, C. Myerscough, Z, Zeitlin, N. Brainin, I. Neaman and G. Badov.

Lilia speaks fluent English, Portuguese, Spanish and BulgarianLilia Donkova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1980. She started playing the violin at the age of 6 years and was soon accepted into the National Music School in her native city. At the age of only 8 years, Lilia won an award when she appeared on stage at the “Talented Young Musicians” Festival in Sofia. She followed this in 1990 when she was a prize-winner (aged 9 – 12 years old category) in the Kotzian Violin Competition held in Prague.

In 1992, Lilia moved to Portugal with her family, continuing to study the violin with her father. She kept the rest of hers studies privately in Bulgaria and in 1999 she graduated from the National Music School of Sofia as a part-time student.
In the same year, she won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she began her studies under Professor Lydia Mordkovich. Whilst studying at the Academy, Lilia was awarded several scholarships, including the Barbara Kesterton Award, the Belmoore Woodgate Award and the Picker Trust Award. She was also awarded the John Mundy Award and the Winifred Violin Prize. Lilia was also a member of the Academy Soloists – an elite string ensemble directed by Clio Gould.

During her studies, she played on an Italian violin – Postechini, kindly lent to her from the Royal Academy collection. Graduating with a 1st Class Honours in 2003, she continued her studies on the Post-Graduate Course in Performance, finally graduating in July 2004 with an extra award for her final recital.

Lilia performs as a soloist as well as a chamber and orchestral musician, playing at events such as the International Music Festival of Estoril in Portugal, Festival Iberico in Spain, the Cremona Exhibition of Stradivari Violins, where she played a Stradivarius violin with the Academy Soloists. Lilia has given numerous recitals throughout many European countries, such as England, Portugal, Spain and Bulgaria.
In 2004, she played as a soloist with the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra under David Josefowitz at the Queen Elizabeth Hall- Purcell Room at the South Bank Centre in London as part of the “Genius of the Violin” Festival.

As well as being the leader of the orchestra, she currently appears regularly as a soloist with the Cascais and Oeiras Chamber Orchestra in Portugal.
Lilia also played with the London Sinfonietta and worked with such distinguished conductors as Sir Colin Davies, Sir Charles Mackerras, Lutz Kohler and Jean Pascal Tortelier amongst others.

Lilia has participated in many masterclasses including ones given by such eminent musicians as M. Fuks, S. Rosenberg, J. Seiger, C. Myerscough, Z, Zeitlin, N. Brainin, I. Neaman and G. Badov.

Lilia speaks fluent English, Portuguese, Spanish and Bulgarian.

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