Graduated from Academy of Music, Sofia, Bulgaria. Studied with Julia and Konstantin Ganev and with Yvonne Lefebure in Paris. Came to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship. MM, The Juilliard School, as student of Beveridge Webster.
First Prize winner of the Claude Debussy International Piano Competition in
France and Italy’s International Piano Competition of Senigalia, Bulgarian
pianist, Pavlina Dokovska has gained worldwide recognition touring Europe, the
Far East, and the Americas, receiving enthusiastic critical acclaim. Known for
her insightful and caring teaching methods which have produced many
well-rounded artists, Ms. Dokovska is the Coordinator of the Piano Department
at Mannes College The New School for Music in New York City.
first appearance as a soloist with orchestra was at the age of 11 with Russe
Philharmonic (Bulgaria) as a result of winning the national competition. Since
then, she has made numerous appearances with European orchestras, including
performances in Germany (Berlin Radio Orchestra, Augsburg Symphony, Dresden
Philharmonic, Turingen Phiharmonic), Luxembourg (Radio Symphony), Romania
(Bucharest Symphony, Bucharest Radio Orchestra, Cluj Symphony, Timisoara
Symphony, Oradea Symphony), the Slovak Republic (Bratislava Symphony), Poland
(Wroclaw Symphony, Olsztyn Symphony), and on a tour with the Sofia Philharmonic
in West Germany. In the Americas, she has appeared with the Billings
Symphony, Great Falls Symphony, Austin Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Youngstown
Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Roanoke Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, St.
Cecilia Chamber Orchestra (all in the US), UNAM Symphony Orchestra (Mexico),
and Havana Symphony (Cuba). In addition, Ms. Dokovska has performed at Avery
Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Frick Collection, Merkin Hall (New
York City), National Gallery (Washington D.C.), Gardner Museum (Boston), Berlin
Radio Hall, Wigmore Hall (London), Gasteig Hall and Herkulessaal (Munich),
Atheneum (Bucharest), Smetana Hall (Prague), Salle Gaveau (Paris) La Scala
(Milan), Bosendorfersaal (Vienna), Luxembourg Radio Hall, National Opera Hall
(Taipei), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), National Center for the Performing Arts
(Beijing), and numerous concert venues in her native Bulgaria.
performances include Salzburg Festival (Austria), Mai Musical Bordeaux
(France), Spoleto Festival (Italy), Liszt Festival (Princeton, NJ), Prague
Autumn Festival (Czech Republic), Ruhr Klavierfestival (Germany), International
Apolonia Festival (Bulgaria), International Music Festival “Sofia Musical
Weeks” (Bulgaria), Beijing International Music Festival and Academy (China),
International Keyboard Institute and Festival (New York), PianoArts
International Music Festival (Milwaukee, Wisconsin).
avid chamber musician, she has collaborated in recitals with the great
Bulgarian basso Nicolai Ghiaurov, sopranos Stefka Evstatieva and Krassimira
Stoyanova, basso Mikhail Svetlov, violinist Robert McDuffy, and cellist
a recording artist, she can be heard on GegaNew, RCA, Koch International,
Naxos, Arcadia, Elan, Labor Records. Ms. Dokovska’s affinity for French music
is evident in many of her recordings, including a CD dedicated to Les Six (Koch
Schwann), which was listed as a New York Times “Critic's Choice.”
Dokovska got her initial music education in Bulgaria where she was a student of
Lydia Kuteva at the Music High School in Sofia. She received her Bachelor of
Music degree from the National Academy of Music, working with Julia and
Konstantin Ganev (students of the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus). As a recipient
of the French Government scholarship, she spent summers studying with Yvonne
Lefébure in Paris. Ms. Dokovska obtained her Master of Music degree from the
Juilliard School, as a Fulbright Scholar and a student of Beveridge Webster.
Pavlina Dokovska is the Coordinator of the Piano Department at Mannes College
The New School for Music, Founder and Artistic Director of Mannes Festivals and
Southwest Virginia Festival for the Arts. She is a frequent adjudicator at
various competitions and festivals.