Gergana Gergova

Co-Leader

Born in Pleven in Bulgaria, Gergana Gergova studied in Germany and Austria with Yair Kless, Andreas Reiner, Mintcho Mintchev and Eberhard Feltz. She was also influenced by Menahem Pressler, Yfrah Neamann, Anner Bylsma, Heinrich Schiff and Shmuel Ashkenasi.

She won first prize at the International Pancho Vladigerov Competition in 2003, holds the Folkwang Prize and has also won prizes at international chamber-music competitions like «Schubert and the music of modern composers» and the Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition.

She has performed as leader at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and for such ensembles as the BR Munich Radio Orchestra, the Belgian Chamber Philharmonic and the German Chamber Philharmonic of Bremen.

She performs all over the world with her Trio Image ensemble and appears at venues like the Lockenhaus Chamber Festival, the Schubertiad, the Verbier Festival, the Chelsea Music Festival in New York, the Herrenchiemsee Festival, «Spannungen» Festival in Heimbach and the Moritzburg Festival (near Dresden). She is partnered by musicians like Christian Tetzlaff, Baiba Skride, Jan Vogler, Alban Gerhardt and Lars Vogt.

She has made radio recordings for ABC, SWR, WDR, ORF and Deutschlandradio Kultur. The spring of 2014 will bring her first CDs - the releases of the first complete recording of Mauricio Kagel's Piano Trios on the CAvi-music label and of Hans Pfitzner's Duo for violin, cello and orchestra with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sebastian Weigle on the Hyperion label.

Gergana Gergova plays a violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Turin, which has been generously loaned to her.

Gergana and the Lucerne Festival Strings

After meeting the ensemble as the temporary deputy leader at the end of 2009, Gergana was given permanent membership soon afterwards and has been inspiring the orchestra ever since with her fire and sensitive ability to bring out form in chamber music.