Pavlina Dokovska

Faculty, Interlochen Piano Institute

Head of Piano Department and Professor of Professional Practice, Mannes School of Music; Founder and Artistic Director, Mannes Festivals and Southwest Virginia Festival for the Arts

B.M., National Academy of Music; M.M., Juilliard School

A 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 Head of the Piano Department at Mannes School of Music in New York City.

Her 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 performed with numerous orchestras and ensembles around the world, including the Berlin Radio Orchestra, Augsburg Symphony, Bucharest Symphony, Bucharest Radio Orchestra, Cluj Symphony, Bratislava Symphony, Wroclaw Symphony, Sofia Philharmonic, Billings Symphony, Great Falls Symphony, Austin Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, St. Cecilia Chamber Orchestra, UNAM Symphony Orchestra, and Havana Symphony.

Festival 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).

An 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 Nathaniel Rosen.

As 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.”

Pavlina 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.