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Diana Tzonkova

Diana Tzonkova

Born in Bulgaria, Diana initiated her education at the Secondary School of Music and the Sofia Academy of Music, where she studied under the direction of Professor Georghi Badev.

She was invited to perform Brahms’ violin concertos and Tchaikovsky’s concertos with the Sofia Academy Symphony Orchestra.

After completing her studies she was the winner of a competition which gave her the possibility to participate in violin and chamber music masterclasses for two years. She was First Violin of a string quartet and a trio with piano, with which she performed in numerous concerts in Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary and Russia. She won the J. Kozian International Violin Competition in Czechoslovakia in 1971 and the 1st Prize at the 10th World Youth Festival in Berlin in 1973.

She was also awarded in several Bulgarian national competitions and was invited to perform as soloist with orchestras of that country, in concerts followed by tours throughout Bulgaria. She also participated in international masterclasses of violin and chamber music in Germany, Hungary and the former Soviet Union. In 1990, he left Bulgaria and lived for two years in Switzerland where he attended masterclasses at the Haute École du Violon Habib Kayaleh. During his stay in this country, he gave lessons and collaborated with several orchestras. For short periods of time, he worked with orchestras in Italy and France.

She has been living in Portugal since 1992, when she joined the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, where she was invited as soloist and concertmaster. She is also a chamber music teacher at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra.