The Bulgarian-German musician and writer Devorina Gamalova graduated as solo violinist from the Specialist Music Gymnasium in Ruse under Anelia Popova and from the State Academy of Music in Sofia under Bojan Letchev and Dora Bratchkova. She studied then violin teaching at the Music Academy in Dresden, Germany. Further postgraduate studies in violin and viola with Grigory Zhislin took her to Royal College of Music in London. She was awarded later The Leverhulme Trust Scholarship for another year of advanced solo studies in viola at the GSMD under David Takeno. In 2002 she completed a second Higher Degree and Master and in 2008 her PhD at the London College of Music where she was awarded the Degree outright.
Gamalova worked as principal leader of a Symphony Orchestra in Saxon Germany. She assisted Prof. Grigory Zhislin at the RCM and currently teaches violin, viola and chamber music performance at London College of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire and Goldsmiths’ in London and at the Birmingham Conservatoire. She is adjudicator and collaborator in different competitions including 2014/15 competition for music, literature and visual arts named “Creating Good”.
- D. Gamalova performs as a soloist and chamber musician and gives masterclasses and lectures around the globe. She has released CD recordings, an album with own works, has broadcast on Radio and Television and has publications of her written work in several languages. Her newest CD with favourite pieces for violin and viola (“Treasured Classics”) was released in 2015 on the “Discovery Music & Vision” label and received very good reviews.
Gamalova has brought to life a new music form of works for violin and viola
performed by one soloist for which she is the dedicatee.
She was recitalist for Yehudi Menuhin’s “Live Music Now” bringing live classical music to disadvantaged people and continues transmitting this mission worldwide.
Gamalova won numerous competitions. Among recent awards is the ‘Crystal Lyre 2013’ award for “high artistic achievements” and in 2014 an award of the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture for “contribution to the popularisation of Bulgarian culture abroad”.
She founded and manages different projects, educative and social concert programs, a music school, the ‘Blagorodna Badeva Foundation’ supporting young Bulgarian violinists and musicians with Diabetes, and others.