Elitsa Bogdanova : viola

Elitsa Bogdanova started her viola studies at the National Music School “L. Pipkov” in Bulgaria, aged 13.  Later she completed her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied with Rachel Roberts. She also worked closely with Jane Rogers and Pavlo Beznosiuk after taking up the baroque viola as her second study. During her time at the school, Elitsa was supported by the Kathleen Trust, The Worshipful Company of Builders-Merchants and the Leo Birnbaum Trust.  She received a special award from the Wolfson Foundation which allowed her to purchase a John Stagg viola bow. In 2012-2014 Elitsa went on to become a fellow of the Guildhall strings department.

A keen chamber musician, Еlitsa has taken part in a number of music festivals in France, Switzerland, Holland, Sweden, Italy and the UK and has received lessons from musicians such as Yuriy Bashmet, Tatjana Masurenko and Rachel Podger as well as the Takacs, Belcea, Chilingirian, Alban Berg and Endellion quartets.  Elitsa has performed at a number of prestigious venues including The Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Musikverein (Vienna) and The World Expo Centre (Shanghai).

In 2012-2013, Elitsa took part in the London Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment experience schemes.  Elitsa was also one of the very first Bulgarian members of the European Union Youth Orchestra.  She has worked with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davies, Sir John Elliott Gardiner, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vassily Petrenko.  Elitsa is currently freelancing in the UK, performing regularly with the London Handel Orchestra, La Serenissima, Sinfonia Cymru, etc.  She regularly works for the London Symphony Orchestra Discovery department, taking part in educational and outreach projects. Elitsa is a Leverhulme trust fellow, training as a chamber music coach with Pro Corda (2013/2015).

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