Concert by Bulgarian Pianist
Slavina Zhelezova Bio:
Slavina Zhelezova began playing the piano at the age of ten and was debuted on Bulgarian National Radio just one year later. In 1997, she moved from her native Bulgaria to New York City on a scholarship from the Mannes College of Music. She has appeared in concerts at Steinway Hall, the Harvard Club, New School’s Tishman Auditorium, Gracie Mansion, Queens College, Purchase College, and Skidmore College. In 2002, she performed at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago in a live radio and TV broadcast. She has participated in festivals such as Summit Music Festival, NY; Beijing International Music Academy and Festival, China; Conservatoire américain de Fontainebleau, France; and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival, New York City. She has performed as a recitalist and a chamber musician in Bulgaria, Italy, France, China and the US.
Slavina is a first prize winner at both the Dimitar Nenov National Piano Competition in Bulgaria and the Citta di Ostuni International Piano Competition in Italy. She is an award winner of the Soros International Foundation, the Cyril and Methodius Foundation, and the Future of Bulgaria National Foundation. Her principal teachers include Phillip Kawin, Seymour Bernstein, Pavlina Dokovska, and Rossitza Mihaylova. She has participated in master classes led by eminent artists such as Phillippe Entremont, Jay Gottlieb, Edward Aldwell, Yanina Fialkowska, Jerome Rose, Milena Mollova, and Jan Kadlubiski. Slavina holds a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she was on Dean’s List for all four semesters and Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Mannes College of Music.
As an educator, Slavina is currently on the faculty of the Piano School of New York and has served on the faculties of Restoration Youth Art Academy and Harlem Day Charter School. Since 2005 she has been the Music Director and Organist of the Hoboken Community Church in Hoboken, New Jersey.