A First Prize winner of the Claude Debussy International Piano Competition in France and Italy’s International Piano Competition of Senigalia, Bulgarian pianist, Pavlina Dokovska has gained worldwide recognition and enthusiastic critical acclaim as a soloist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra. She has performed at major venues in the USA, including Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Frick Collection, Merkin Hall, National Gallery, Gardner Museum; in Europe at Berlin Radio Hall, Wigmore Hall, Gasteig Hall, Smetana Hall, Salle Gaveau, La Scala, Bosendorfersaal; and in Asia at Taipei’s National Opera Hall, Suntory Hall, Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts. Important festivals include Salzburg Festival, Spoleto Festival in Italy, Mai Musical in Bordeaux, Prague Autumn Festival, Beijing International Music Festival and Academy, International Keyboard Institutße and Festival in New York, Tel-Hai Masterclasses, Paderewski Piano Academy (Poland), Piano Festival at the Seoul National University, etc. She has recorded for GegaNew, RCA, Koch International, Naxos, Arcadia, Elan, Labor Records. Ms. Dokovska has adjudicated many competitions including Cleveland International Piano Competition, Hilton Head Piano Competition, William Kapell International Competition, Vendome Prize International Piano Competition at Verbier Festival, Iowa Piano Competition, PianoArts North American Competition (Wisconsin), Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition (New York), Xinghai National Competition (Beijing), and others.
Pavlina Dokovska acquired her initial music education in Bulgaria and was a student of Lydia Kuteva at the Music High School in Sofia. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the National Academy of Music, working with Julia and Konstantin Ganev (students of the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus) and Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School, as a Fulbright Scholar and a student of Beveridge Webster. As a recipient of the French Government scholarship, she spent summers studying with Yvonne Lefebure in Paris. Ms. Dokovska is the Chair of the Piano Department at Mannes School of Music in New York City and the Founder and Artistic Director of Mannes Sounds Festival and Southwest Virginia Festival for the Arts.