Liya Petrova

Musician

Liya Petrova was born in 1990 in Sofia, Bulgaria, from a family of musicians. At the age of 6, she was already playing as a soloist with different orchestras. When she was 8, she received the Mozart medal and was named "Youngest UNESCO artist". She also won several international contests, especially Tibor Varga in Sion or Louis Spohr in Weimar.

After her early stages in music, Liya Petrova has pursued her musical education with Petru Munteanu at the Hochschule of Rostock (Germany), then with Augustin Dumay at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth of Bruxelles and with Anthe Weithaas at the Hochschule Hans Eisler of Berlin.

She has recently joined the class of Renaud Capuçon in Lausanne.

Liya Petrova has been playing as a soloist and in tours with the Philharmonie de Bruxelles and Jian Wang in the Double concerto by Brahms, the Philharmonie de Luxembourg, the Chamber orchestra of Lausanne conducted by Jesús-López-Cobos, the Osaka Philarmonic conducted by Augustin Dumay, the Philarmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo, the Orchestre national of Montpellier, the Staatskapelle of Weimar, the Norrdeutsche Philharmonie.

In March 2011, Liya Petrova was invited to participate to a series of chamber music concerts known as "Martha Argerich and Friends" in Athens, where she could play together with Martha Argerich, Renaud Capuçon, Yuri Bashmet and Mischa Maisky. Among her chamber music colleagues, we can mention Ivry Gitlis, Augustin Dumay, James Ehnes, Nicholas Angelich, Frank Braley, Gerard Caussé, Antoine Tamestit, Gary Hoffman.

In 2013, she published her first album, released by Outhere Music Zig Zag Territoires, and including the first concerto for violin and Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso of Saint-Saëns with orchestra Royal de Liège conducted by Christian Arming.

Liya Petrova has been participating to some of the most prestigious festivals in Europe. Last season, Liya Petrova delivered a recital at the Festival de Martha Argerich in Lugano, at Festival Gezeïtenkonzert in Germany, at Festival Luna-Classics in Nyon, playing chamber music with Gauthier Capuçon and Yuja Wang.

Next season, Liya Petrova will perform the Concerto by Ludwig van Beethoven with orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki, Concerto by Jean Sibelius with the Philarmonic Orchestra of Plovdiv and will join a tour in India with Orchestra of India and will play chamber music with Augustin Dumay and Maria-João Pires.

Liya Petrova plays the violin of Matteo Goffriller dating back to 1690, generously provided by Chapelle Musicale Reine Elizabeth.