Bulgaria, Sofia Sofia-Capital Violin
Zornitsa Ilarionova studied with the world-renowned professor Zakhar Bron at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia, Madrid and with the prominent international violinist Mario Hossen at New Bulgarian University, as well as at “Santa Cecilia” Music Academy in Bergamo, Italy under Professor Pavel Vernikov.
She has numerous prizes in many national and international violin competitions, including “Pancho Vladigerov”, “Young Virtuosos”, ”Kanetti” (Antaliya, Turkey), First International Violin Competition “Varna” 2015 and many others. She has enjoyed performances in Paris, Cannes, Monaco, Madrid, Lisbon, Brussels, Hamburg, Essen, Moscow, Vienna, Bratislava, Bern, Ljubljana, Interlaken, and in numerous international music festivals. She has worked with musicians including Pavel Vernikov, prof. Michaela Martin, Augustin Dumay, Boris Garlitsky, Igor Petrushevsky, Midori, Ivry Gitlis, Michael Frischenschlager, Gerard Poulet, Donald Weilerstein, Oleg Krysa, Latica Honda-Rosenberg, Svetlin Roussev, Vadim Gluzmanm Yuri Volgin and many others.
Zornitsa Ilarionova regularly performs as a soloist of symphony orchestras and chamber music at many prominent international music festivals in Bulgaria and abroad such as:
International festival of Arts “Apolonia”, European International Music Festival, “Varna Summer” International Music Festival, “March Music Days” International Festival, International Festival “Laureate days Katya Popova”, International Festival “Evmelia” - Greece, International Music Festival in Villecroze - France, International Music Festival “Tibor Varga” - Sion, Swiss, International Music Festival “Vladimir Spivakov” - Moscow, International Music Festival “Orpheus” - Vienna, International Chamber Music Festival “Böhlen” - Germany, International Music Festival “Santander” - Spain, International Festival “Musica Mundi” - Belgium
Zornitsa was awarded by Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria for high achievements in the art of violin playing. She is grateful for the support of the “Dimitar Berbatov” Foundation as one of the most successful young musicians in Bulgaria. She is a laureate of the competition, organized by “Yordan Kamdzhalov” Foundation.
In 2014 she received from her Majesty Queen Sofia in Royal Palace of El Pardo in Madrid, Spain the award “The best violinist in the violin class of Zakhar Bron”. In September 2015 she was a finalist at 13th International violin competition “Henryk Wieniawski” in Poland. Zornitsa is a “Young Performer of 2015” of the prestigious Bulgarian award “Cristal Lyre”. She has been especially recommended by Zakhar Bron as one of the most promising young violinists to perform at one of the most renowned festivals in Europe – ”Encuentro de Santander 2016”. Her recent achievements include:
“Grand Prix” and the special award of Radio France concerts during 2017/2018 concert season at XXV International Music Competition “Music and Earth” – Sofia, Bulgaria.
becoming one of the 8 semifinalists at Windsor International String Competition in Windsor, UK.
3rd prize at the International Music competition “Rising Stars” – Berlin, Germany.
2nd prize-winner at the International Violin Competition “Suna Kan” – Ankara, Turkey.
1st prize and also the Special prize of Thomastic Infeld at the International Music Competition “E-Muse”, Greece.
1st prize winner at the International Music Competition “Rising Stars of Europe” in London, UK.
1st prize at the International Music Competition “Best Wieniawski Performance” in honour of the 182nd anniversary of the birth of Henryk Wieniawski, giving a successful performance of his first violin concerto.
Zornitsa Ilarionova has been selected as a finalist at the very prestigue and world - famous Singapore International Violin Competition 2018.
In November 2017 Zornitsa Ilarionova successfully made her debut in Radio France, giving a solo recital for the emission France Musique.
2nd prize winner at 3th International Manhattan Music Competition in New York, 2018.
Classic Pure Vienna International Music Competition 2018 – Vienna, Austria – 3rd Prize
1st prize at the International Competition “Johann Sebastian Bach” in Fokuoka, Japan 2018, and 1st prize for best performance of work by Claude Deubssy
In November 2019 she has been invited to perform at the gala concert of the 20th anniversary of the art association “Philomuses” which has taken place at the famous hall “Gaveau” in Paris, France
Zornitsa Ilarionova has been invited to give masterclasses in Singapore, Spain, Austria and Bulgaria
“Musician of the year 2019” Award (Bulgarian National Radio) – Winner at 2 categories (“Ensenble of the year” and “Most successful concert artist”) – an unprecedended event during the 29 year history of the ceremony
Her new album “Flying through the music” – officialy released in 2020 (On Amazon, Itunes and Spotify)
International Music Competition “Ohrid” Macedonia, November 2020 – Grand Prix
International Competition “AEVEA” Verona, Italy December 2020 – Special Prize “OnClassical Label”
International Moscow Music Competition, December 2020 – 1st Prize (Violin Category) and 1st Prize (Chamber Music Category with Martina Tabakova)
International Competition “Leopold Bellan” Paris, France December 2020 – 1st Prize
International Competition “Odin” Tallin, Estonia 2021 – 2nd Prize (Chamber Music category)
International Strings Competition “Rudolf Barshai” St. Petersburg, Russia February 2021 – 1st Prize (Violin category) 2nd Prize (Chamber music)
International Competition “Danubia Talents” in Hungary, March 2021 – 1st Prize (Violin category) and 1st Prize (Chamber music)
Winner of the “Musical Event of the Year 2020“ (Bulgarian National Television) in collaboration with the renowed bulgarian jazz-singer Vassil Petrov and Vratza Symphony Orchestra
In March 2021, in Collaboration with the pianist Martina Tabakova, the Italian Label “Onclassical” released an album with works by Cesar Frank.
Newest Album “Le Cadeau” officially released in April 2021 (soon on Amazon, Itunes and Spotify)
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