Yoana Kyurkchieva (B. Music, M. Music, Artist Diploma, D.M.A.) Piano
Bulgarian pianist Yoana Kyurkchieva began to play the piano at the age of five, gave her first performance at the age of eight, and her first concert with an orchestra at the age of eleven. she earned her high school diploma at the National School of the Arts in Rousse, Bulgaria where she received a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree in piano performance, chamber music, collaborative and pedagogy. Yoana won a merit scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and earned her second Master of Music degree in addition to the Postgraduate Professional Artist Certificate. She won the FS Chia Doctoral scholarship to attend the University of Alberta and recently earned her Doctor of Music degree there under the supervision of Dr. Jacques Despres.
Yoana has won many prestigious piano competitions and scholarships worldwide, and her solo appearances include performances throughout Bularia, Romania, Austria, Germany, Holland, Greece, Russia, Canada and the US. She was also been a soloist with the Classic St. Petersburg Orchestra, Russia; the Rousse Orchestra, Bulgaria; the Schoumen Orchestra, Bulgaria; and the Academy Orchestra, Sofia, Bulgaria. Yoana has participated in a variety of festivals and masterclasses with Menahem Pressler, Boris Bloch, Lazar Berman, Tamara Poddubnaya, Rian de Waal, Bozhidar Noev, Bruce Vogt, and Eric Larsen. She has recorded for Bulgarian Radio and Bulgarian National Television. Yoana's performances of solo piano and chamber music at Meadowmount can be found on YouTube
Dr. Kyurkchieva is in demand as an accompanist and appears with many chamber music ensemble partners. She is also maintaining a full time piano studio in Edmonton where she teaches students of all ages with a creative curriculum. Her piano students have received First Class Honors in RCM exams, and are actively performing in recitals, festivals, and competitions in Edmonton.
Yoana is accepting new students on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays.