I was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and studied at the State Conservatoire of Music. My piano professors were both graduates of Moscow Conservatoire, Nicolai Evrov and Lubomir Dinolov, both being among Bulgaria's foremost recitalists and teachers. After graduation, in 1991, I became pianist in residence in the Northern Province of South Africa. I came to the UK in 1993, where I perform as a recitalist and concerto soloist and am also a teacher.
I have given solo recitals and chamber music performances throughout the UK, as well as throughout Europe, Russia, South Africa, China and the USA.
I now perform as part of a piano duo, Va i Ve, with a Bulgarian colleague, Valentina Seferinova , with whom I have recorded a CD of music for two pianos. We have also recorded CDs in Warsaw, for Acte Preable, of piano music by the Polish composer Jozef Weinawski (see the Recordings page) and this year, by Henryk Pachulski.
I have also recorded and performed as a member of the Broadwood Piano Quintet and most recently, with the Somov Piano Trio, Bulgarian 'cellist, Alexander Somov, and violinist, Lucy Jeal.
I gave workshops and recitals at the Xiamen Piano Festival, China in 2014. In 2015 I was an adjudicator for the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival.
Additionally I am the Musical Director of the Bishop Auckland Choral Society and have an extensive teaching practice (I teach students at Durham and Newcastle Universities and at the Weekend School at the Sage Gateshead). I also run a popular series of monthly piano master classes for advanced pianists, piano teachers and enthusiasts, in the Caedmon Hall, Gateshead (see the Workshops page).