Bulgarian pianist Plamena Mangova, who was born in 1980, was discovered when she won second prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competitions in Brussels in 2007. That award was followed by a Diapason d’Or de l’Année for her fi rst solo CD, which was dedicated to Shostakovich. She has also won awards at the Festival Juventus in France and in other important international competitions.
Plamena Mangova studied with Marina Kapatsinskaya at the State Music Academy in Sofi a. She engaged in further studies with Dmitri Bashkirov at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofi a in Madrid and with Abdel Rahman El Bacha at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. She gained further impulses from numerous masterclasses with leading musicians such as Leon Fleisher, Rosalyn Tureck, Krystian Zimerman, Ralf Gothoni, András Schiff, Mauricio Fuks, Zakhar Bron, Natalia Gutman and Teresa Berganza. She has demonstrated her skill as a concert pianist worldwide, from Tokyo to St Petersburg, at key European venues and with renowned orchestras such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra.
As a sought-after chamber musician, she performs with artists such as Maria João Pires, Boris Berezovsky, Augustin Dumay, Mihaela Martin, Jian Wang, Pascal Moragues, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Alexander Knyazev, Frans Helmerson, Nobuko Imai and the Quatuor Ysaÿe. Plamena Mangova has twice taken part in the respected “Hand in Hand” project in Brussels, which is supported by Martha Argerich and Médecins du Monde. She has been invited on several occasions to give masterclasses in Spain, South Africa, Japan, Belgium and Bulgaria.