Viktoriya is a professional pianist and a brilliant researcher within practice-based projects, with a record of accomplishment of creating and implementing successful and innovative music theories. Viktoriya constantly evolves her research tools and methods in ethnomusicology, performance, and improvisation, and works intensively in creating innovative, and effective musical concepts. Viktoriya is a private piano and music theory professor, and a PhD candidate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, currently revising the final chapter of her dissertation, and expecting to obtain the award in the Summer Term in 2019.
Originally, from Sofia, Bulgaria Viktoriya has graduated summa cum laude in the Conservatory "A.Boito", of Parma in Italy at the age of nineteen. In 2010, she began her Postgraduate Diploma in Mannes College the New School for Music in New York. She has completed her Master Degree with honours at the Royal College of Music in London in 2014.
Viktoriya has received many awards and prizes at many international and national competitions. Special Award for youngest participant in the Musical Competition "Pancho Vladigerov" in Shumen, Bulgaria, Absolute first Award in the International Musical Competition "Città di Racconigi”, Italy, Absolute First Award in the XIV International Musical Competition "Franz Schubert" in Tagliolo Monferrato, Italy, Special Award in the International Musical Competition "Seiler" in Sofia , Bulgaria, Second Award in the International Competition “J.S. Bach” in Sestri Levante, Italy, Award-Scholarship in the Musical Competition for young talents "Sanremo Classica", Italy, Fourth Award in the Musical Competition "A. Rubinstein” in Acqui Terme, Italy, Absolute First Award in the Musical Competition “Bhrams” in Acqui Terme, Italy, Special Award And Scholarship of the "Rotary Club di Parma" for young talents, Parma, Third award in Bologna at the "Baldi International Piano Competition", Italy, 2013, and Second award in the Croydon Piano Competition for piano and orchestra in London, 2014.
Viktoriya participated in master classes and studied with worldly recognised professors and pianists, such as Roberto Cappello, Pietro Rattalino, Franco Scala, Pavlina Dokovscka, Vladimir Valjarevich, Boris Petrushansky, Sofya Gulyak, Vanessa Latarche, Nigel Clayton and Laura Roberts. Viktoriya has performed with orchestras and as a solo player in some of the most famous halls in Europe and in the USA, such as Steinway Hall in New York, Barkley College of Music, Steinway Hall in London, NDK in Sofia, “Conservatory G. Verdi” in Milan, Auditorium Paganini in Parma and others.
The Italian media and journals have recommended Viktoriya as a pianist numerous times, and since the age of 11, she captured the attention with her charismatic and musical playing through her very first performances in solo recitals in Parma, Bologna, Milan and at numerous national and international Competitions throughout Italy.
“The big opening of the Verdi Hall will be entrusted to the very young and talented pianist Viktoriya Rossini Peneva. Her playing is known to be always full of originality, enthusiasm and musical richness. Her sound is unique, and the repertoire she presents very interesting according to the usual choice of concert pianists today” (The Parma Gazette)
The Bulgarian journals and TV media have followed Viktoriya’s progress since the very beginning of her musical career, as she has started playing in International Competitions representing the Bulgarian piano school since the age of 10.
“The success of the young pianist has been exceptional abroad and her repertoire choice was mostly Bulgarian composers which have been appreciated immensely in Italian International Competitions. She has been very ambitious and persistent within all of her performances and we expect to see much more of her in the upcoming musical future of the country” (Bulgarian journalist: N. Sokolenko)
Professors, Concert Pianists and Associations:
“Viktoriya has been making steady progress with her research on Bulgarian piano music and is beginning to get to grips with the repertoire, some relevant literature and is planning the eventual structure of her thesis. Viktoriya has shown full devotion to, determination to tackle the project and high interest in the chosen subject of research.” ( Dr Razia Sultanova, Cambridge University, UK)
“Viktoriya is developing into an experienced performer in recitals and shows musical sensitivity in her playing. She is an extremely talented musician who plays with flair and commitment. I am impressed with her sense of performance...” (Prof Vanessa Latarche, Chair of International Studies and Head of Keyboard in Royal College of Music, London)
“We are delighted with Viktoriya’s research and studies on Bulgarian piano repertoire. It is gratifying to work on a topic that is so close to heart and with specialists in the field. It would be a pleasure to see her again in New York!” (Prof Pavlina Dokovska and Dr Vladimir Valjarevich, Mannes College of Music, New York)
“I found her to be a receptive and hardworking pianist who was able to take on board new ideas of interpretation and technique with understanding and ease. I am aware of a talented young musician possessing a full armoury of technical resource and musical intuition, but also someone with an intelligent and enquiring mind..” (Prof. Nigel Clayton, Royal College of Music, London)
“We would like to thank Viktoriya Rossini Peneva for her magnificent personal contribution at the 1st International SEILER Piano Competition in Sofia. It was thanks in part to your efforts and the quality of your musical performance that the SEILER Competition in Sofia was of such high International standard...” (Ursula Seiler, 1st Chairwoman, Germany)