Supporting Music Talent

“Trotoara” Foundation backed up a Bulgarian pianist to continue her professional training in a top-level Music Academy – Conservatori del Liceu, Barcelona

Ivana Govedarska is a classical pianist from Bulgaria who was supported by “Trotoara” Foundation to continue her professional music training in one of Europe’s top-level music academies – Conservatori del Liceu, Barcelona, Spain. They did this through setting up her fundraising campaign to cover her tuition fees.

Ivana plays the piano since she was 6 years old. Becoming an artist and performing around the world has always been her dream. Her story goes back to 1993 when she was born in Sofia, Bulgaria into a family of musicians. Her grandfather was one of the most renowned choir conductors in the country.

In 2012 she graduated the National School of Music, Sofia and then the National Music Academy in the piano class of the famous Bulgarian pianist Prof. Ivan Drenikov. Her tutor has not only been a student of the great Italian pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, but also one of his closest friends whom the Maestro spent his time with. As Ivana believes herself, this fact will always have an impact on her career as a musician. After gaining bachelor’s degree she was accepted in Conservatori del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain, where she graduated with excellence in the piano class of Prof. Stanislav Pochekin.

Her first success came as early as 2007 when she won First Prize at the XII International Festival “Hopes, Talents, Masters”, Dobrich, Bulgaria. In 2010 she also won the First Prize at the XI International Young Pianists Competition, Nis, Serbia, and later that year she became the Third Prize winner at the International Competition “Prof. Josef Dichler”, Vienna, Austria. Many prizes followed at national and international level. Ivana impressed with her talent the juries in Spain, France and Minnesota, USA.  In August 2017 she participated for the second time in the “Festival de Piano and Master Classes de Saint Savin”, France as a scholarship student. She became one of the 4 laureates from 18 participants from 7 countries.

You can find more about her at: https://www.facebook.com/ivanagovedarskapiano/

Following all this success, she was chosen to participate in a Master Music Training in Conservatori del Liceu, Barcelona to continue her studies with Prof. Stanislav Pochekin.

Master Music Training studies are courses for musicians wishing to broaden their musical experience by participating in many concerts, lectures, master classes given by guest professors and other activities organized by the Conservatory. This opportunity could help Ivana deepen her instrumental and theoretical training and give her the chance to exchange and share various artistic experiences with musicians from different countries.

Conservatori del Liceu hosts every year some of the finest musicians of our days. Moreover, the Conservatory offers their students a concert hall with brilliant acoustics and more than 100 “Steinway” and “Yamaha” grand pianos, which is extremely important for their further education. Studying there meant the chance to pursue her dream – to prepare herself for high-level competitions, to participate in a lot of festivals, concerts and master classes.

This great opportunity comes at a price. The tuition fee for one year is EUR 3700 with nearly a thousand Euros more to cover accommodation, living and travel costs. Before launching the fundraiser Ivana had already saved up money for accommodation and travel to Barcelona. The campaign, which was supported by “Trotoara” helped her raise just over EUR 2500, which helped for most of her tuition fee. With the plan to get a job whilst in Spain to cater for the rest of her needs, the Bulgarian pianist came closer to making her dream come true.

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