DEYANA VALCHINOVA completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Frost School of Music under the instruction of renowned pianist and pedagogue Santiago Rodriguez. Majoring in piano performance and pedagogy, Dr. Valchinova’s Doctor of Musical Arts dissertetion focused on the importance of left-hand memorization in piano music, and presented numerous memorization strategies in the document’s final chapter. As a graduate assistant, Deyana taught secondary piano classes to undergraduate music students at the Frost School of Music.
Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Valchinova completed her Master of Music degree, and Performance Diploma at the Boston Conservatory. At the Conservatory, Dr. Valchinova studied under the guidance of Professors Michael Lewin and Ya-Fei Chuang. During her studies at the Boston Conservatory, Dr. Valchinova appeared in numerous concerts, and won the Piano and Chamber Honors Competitions three years in a row. In 2014, following her studies at the Boston Conservatory, Dr. Valchinova received second prize at the Young Artist Competition in Arlington, Massachusetts, where she performed the beloved Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Rachmaninov. Deyana finished her Bachelor of Music degree at the Oberlin Conservatory where she studied with Prof. Peter Takacs. In 2009 Dr. Valchinova won the Three Arts Club Scholarship in Rocky River, and the Rislov Foundation Scholarship. In the summers of 2007,2008, and 2009, she was accepted to the Aspen Music Festival and School where she studied with acclaimed pedagogue Gabriel Chodos. In Aspen Dr. Valchinova performed in master classes with Yoheved Kaplinsky, and John O’Connor. Dr. Valchinova has also participated in master classes with John Perry, Nelita True, and Tamara Poddubnaya.
Born in a family of musicians, Deyana began her music studies at the age of six. Dr. Valchinova started her musical career at the Plovdiv School of Music in her native country of Bulgaria. During her studies in Plovdiv, Dr. Valchinova won third prize at the Veselin Stoyanov National Piano Competition. In 2003 she won the concerto competition in her hometown and performed the Mendelssohn Concerto in G minor with the Plovdiv Philharmonic. Later that year Deyana was accepted to the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California with a full ride scholarship where she studied with Professor Nelms McKelvain. In Idyllwild Deyana won the concerto competition and performed the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra.
Dr. Valchinova is also an active chamber musician. She has performed repertoire ranging from the John Adams Road Movies Sonata for Violin and Piano, to the marvelous piano trios and quartets by Johannes Brahms. Upcoming chamber appearances include performances with her brother- violin virtuoso Dr. Angel Valchinov.