Friday, February 24, 2023 at 8 pm
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Daniela Mineva, piano
Franghiz Ali-Zadeh (b. 1947)
Music for Piano (1989/1997)
Galina Ustvolskaya (1919–2006)
Sonata for Piano No. 5 (1986)
Twelve Preludes (1953)
Sofia Gubaidulina (b. 1931)
Piano Sonata (1965)
About the musician
Hailed by critics as a “vibrant and expressive performer who could steal the show in every concert” (The New York Times) and “energetic and lively pianist who displaces power and delicacy in nuanced sensitivity along with virtuoso technique” (The Baltimore Sun), Daniela Mineva’s unique approach to standard repertory, combined with the performance and dedication of works by living composers, make her in demand as one of the most prolific artists.
Ms. Mineva has won top prizes from numerous international and national piano and chamber music competitions in USA and Europe. She has played solo recital and concerts as a soloist with orchestra in some of the most prestige venues in USA, Italy, France, Russia, Germany, Costa Rica, Thailand, Bulgaria, and China among many others.
As a dedicated new music advocate, Ms. Mineva has commissioned, collaborated, and performed works by many young and established composers of our time like William Bolcom, Lukas Foss, Kaija Saariaho, Libby Larsen, Chen Yi, Bright Sheng, Frederic Rzewski, Julia Wolfe, Krassimir Taskov, Vera Ivanova, and Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez to name a few.
An accomplished teacher, Dr. Mineva is also in demand as a master class clinician, lecturer on a variety of pedagogical topics and judge for many national and international competitions. She has taught at Eastman School of Music, Concordia University- Chicago, and University of North Texas. Currently, she is Piano Professor, Director of Keyboard Studies and Co-Director of the North Coast Piano Festival, Cal Poly Humboldt.
Born in Bulgaria, she began piano lessons with her mother as her first teacher. She graduated from Sofia Music Academy with the Bachelor of Music degree and the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Choral Conducting. She also holds the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and the Outstanding Graduate Diploma from the University of North Texas. She also holds an Artist Certificate from Northwestern University and the Doctor of Music Arts degree and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.
In her very little free time, Daniela enjoys reading and writing books as well as long walks on the beach with family and friends.