New Projects

Women of Note

Music by European Women Composers

Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30pm

MacKay United Church

Address: 39 Dufferin Rd, Ottawa, ON K1M 2H3


Tickets: General Admission $10



Ralitsa Tcholakova – violin

Dobrochna Zubek - cello

Frederic Lacroix - piano



Liana Alexandra, Vera Baeva, Lili Boulanger, Joanna Bruzdowicz, Dora Draganova, Emilie Mayer, Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar, Dobrinka Tabakova, Maria Theresia von Paradis, Iris Szeghy, Anne Victorino d'Almeida

* The concert is organized by the Embassies of the Republic of Bulgaria, Poland, Portugal and Slovak Republic. Supported by the Embassies of the Republic of France, Republic of Latvia, Republic of Romania and the the Delegation of the European Union to Canada. Sponsored by Star Motors.

Performing on March 1, on Parliament Hill, at the Senate of Canada, By invitation only

Radio Broadcast

There will be a broadcast on CKCU FM 93.1 on Wednesday, January 31 of the Holocaust remembrance event featuring my performance between 12-1pm.


Friday, January 26, Performing at the Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony
January 11, Reception hosted by the Embassy of Bulgaria for taking the presidency of the Council of the EU. By invitation only.

Spirit of Change

Senate of Canada

Hosted by The Honourable Yonah Martin

Parliament Hill, Centre Block

Thursday, November 23, 12pm

The concert is organized in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union to Canada and the Embassies of Bulgaria, Federal Republic of Germany, Latvia, the Republic of Poland, Romania and the Slovak Republic

by Invitation only


November 14, 8pm Performance at the Hermelodic Club George Enescu, Dora Draganova, Paul Hindemith

Reaching Indigenous Youth

John A. Macdonald Building
Performing short program for solo violin
by invitation only


For Governor General's Award Commemorating the Persons Case


Solo violin concert

September 14

Oakpark concert series

September 10, Horticulture Building

Ottawa Welcomes the World

Saturday, July 29, 3pm

Concert, Solo violin

Raoul Wallenberg Citation Initiative

John A. Macdonald building

Parliament Hill

Monday, June 19, 7-9pm

By invitation only

May 24, 12pm

Noon hour Concert for KIWANIS Club

with Brian Lee Crowley

Noon hour concert Free admission

Senate of Canada

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 5:30-7:30pm

AGM Canada Bulgaria friendship group

Performing with Brian Lee Crowley

By Invitation only

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria

April 21, 6-8pm

By Invitation only

Harmelodic Club Fundraiser

Sunday, April 2, 2:30pm

Glebe St.James

CTV morning live, March 9, 2017

Women of Note

Friday, March 10, at 7pm

Museum of History

100 rue Laurier, Gatineau

Will be performing at this event with Brian Lee Crowley violin & scottish small pipes.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day

A Winter Night

"A Winter Night"

First Annual Evening of Music and Poetry Readings Dedicated to
Robert Burns, the Scottish Bard
Burns Nicht
Wednesday, January 25, 7:30~9:30 pm
at Ottawa Pianos
1412 Bank Street, Ottawa (Free parking at rear of Ottawa Pianos)
John came to Canada from Burns country in the Scottish Borders. Not only will he regale us with readings of the great
man’s poetry but he will talk as well about how his own thinking about Burns has evolved over the years.
The evening’s musical programme will include Scottish folk music, much of which would have been familiar to Burns,
as well as more classical compositions that celebrate the Scottish heritage, such as Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy.
Brian Lee Crowley ~ Scottish smallpipes, Elaine Keillor ~ piano, Ralitsa Tcholakova ~ violin
Spirit of Change
Fragment form "Serenade for Sonja" composed by the Hon.Ed Fast which we performed at inaugural concert under the auspices of the Hon.Yonah Martin in the Senate on November 17, 2016. (this video is courtesy of the ambassador of Azerbaijan)

November 16, 7pm, Stenway Piano Gallery

Spirit of a Change

Ralitsa Tcholakova - violin

Justyna Gabzdyl - piano


Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin “Largeto”

Ciprian Porumbescu – Ballad

Ladislav Kupkovic – Souvenir

Frank Horvat- World Premiere “A Secret Streamlet”

Karol Szymanovski – Nocturne and Tarantella


Steinway Piano Gallery Ottawa

1481 Innes Road

Ottawa, ON K1B 1C5

Tickets: Regular $20, Students/Seniors $10

November 15, Montreal

Music and Poetry at the Polish Consulate

3501 Avenue du Musée, Montréal, QC H3G 2C8

Ralitsa Tcholakova - violin

Justyna Gabzdyl - piano


Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin “Largeto”

Ciprian Porumbescu – Ballad

Ladislav Kupkovic – Souvenir

Frank Horvat- World Premiere “A Secret Streamlet”

Karol Szymanovski – Nocturne and Tarantella

October 23, 2pm

Vivaldi - Autumn

with Sonja Plourde - piano

Bell Corners United Church

MAC Fundraising Gala

Special news

Dr.Elaine Keillor with whom I recorded two of my highly acclaimed CDs "Remembered Voices" and "Ballade of the North" was named to The Order of Canada. 

In the picture concert and CD launch of the Ballade of the North in 2011 under the patronage of the Hon.Peter Milliken, Speaker of the House of Commons and Sponsored by the Bulgarian and Serbian embassies.

Published in CAML

My review for the CD "Fancies and Interludes" was published in the Canadian Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres.

Ottawa Arts Council Awards 2016

Victor Tolgesy Arts Award nomination

Mid -Career Artist Award nomination

Senate of Canada

Canada-Bulgaria friendship group

April 20, 6-8pm, room 256S

Peter Hristoskov - Harvester's song

By invitation only


CD project "Aboriginal Inspirations" in production.

Ralitsa Tcholakova - violin

Ron Korb - flutes

Dominique Moreau - native drum

Benjamin Smith - piano

Jamie Thompson - flute


Jen McLachlen  

Christine Donkin

Evelyn Stroobach

Kevork Andonian

Daniel Mehdizadeh

Victor Herbiet

Ron Korb

Frank Horvat


Raoul Wallenberg Citation

Senate Of Canada

Monday, March 21, 2016

8pm, room 160S

The event is hosted by the Hon.Senator David Smith and MP David Sweet

by invitation only

Women of Note

Music by European Women Composers

Saturday, March 19 at 7pm 

Harold Shenkman Hall

Shenkman Arts Centre

Kathleen Radke - Soprano

Ralitsa Tcholakova - violin/viola

Victor Herbiet - Saxophone/Clarinet

Katarzyna Musial - Piano

Frederic Lacroix - Piano

Tickets: $10 general admission

Program: Alma Mahler, Pauline Viardot - Garcia, Maya Badian, Evelyn Stroobach, Anne Marie O'Farrell and others

In partnership with the following cultural institutions and embassies: EUNIC Ottawa,EU Delegarion, Austria, Bulgaria, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain 

Songs of Love

Wednesday, February 17 - SONGS OF LOVE

Music at SouthMinster

All concerts take place on Wednesdays @ 12:00pm
A program of turn of the 20th-century love songs and arrangements for violin and piano/organ; music by Kreisler, Elgar, Gershwin and more
Ralitsa Tcholakova, violin & Jennifer Loveless, piano & organ

Residence of the French Ambassador

WaterAid Fundraiser

Friday, February 12, 2016 at 6pm

Tickets: $55

Sold out

Classical, Tango and Something more



Ralitsa Tcholakova - violin/viola
Amelie Langlois - piano

Program: Astor Piazzolla, Carlos Gardel, Fritz Kreisler, Kohen Dejonghe, Osvaldo Requena

Tickets: $20 general admission, children under 12 free

at the following link

Sunday, 24 January 2016 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST)
1481 Innes Rd - 1481 Innes Road Ottawa, ON K1B 4C4 CA - View Map



December 16, Woodroof United church


December 8, Harmelodic club

Concert performance

Friday,November 13

Universal Peace Federation

On Tuesady, October 27 I'll be performing the piece 'Fire Dance' composed by Evelyn Stroobach for my CD project 'Aboriginal Inspirations' at Wabano Center at the following fundraiser together with Jen McLachlen - flute, Melissa Hammel - native drum and the odawa/Ojibwe dancer Lisa Odjig.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health


With a welcome by Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, this dynamic social event will provide you with an Indigenous culinary experience and unique cultural entertainment. Start your holiday shopping at the exclusive artisan market and silent auction.

Tickets are $85 in advance, $95 at the door
$50 Charitable Tax Receipt available for all ticket purchases…/wabano-e…/harvest-moon-registration/


For more information, please contact:
Julie Bailey
Development Coordinator
(613) 748-0657 ext 233

Sunday October 25 at 2pm Kingston, ON

August 23, 2015, CD recording

Practicing a piece by Peter-Paul Koprowski for CD recording with Maria Knapik and Michel Brousseau, based on the poem Elegy about Warsaw uprising by Baczynski.

*Elegy on . . . (a Polish boy)

They kept you, little son, from dreams like trembling butterflies,
they wove you, little son, in dark red blood two mournful eyes,
they painted landscapes with the yellow stitch of conflagrations,
they decorated all with hangmen’s trees the flowing oceans.

They taught you, little son, to know by heart your land of birth
as you were carving out with tears of iron its many paths.
They reared you in the darkness and fed you on terror’s bread;
you traveled gropingly that shamefulest of human roads.

And then you left, my lovely son, with your black gun at midnight,
and felt the evil prickling in the sound of each new minute.
Before you fell, over the land you raised your hand in blessing.
Was it a bullet killed you, son, or was it your heart bursting?

March 20, 1944

From: Baczynski, Krzysztof Kamil. White Magic and Other Poems.

My name mentioned by the Speaker of the Senate

The Hon. the Speaker: Honourable senators, I also draw your attention to the presence in the gallery of His Excellency Nikolay Milkov, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria. His Excellency is accompanied by Svetlana Stoycheva, Deputy Head of Mission of Bulgaria and the composers and musicians who performed "Reverberations of Aboriginal Inspirations", a concert given in room 256-S today. They are musicians: Ralitsa Tcholakova, Jen McLachlen, Dominic Moreau, Elaine Keillor and composers: Evelyn Strobach, Victor Herbiet, Kevork Andonian and Daniel Mehdizadeh. They are the guests of the Honourable Senator Martin.

June 28, Fundraising event for Raoul Wallenberg citation at the house of the Hon.David Kilgour.
MP Rob Clarke, H.E. Janice Miller, H.E. Nikolay Milkov, Minister Shelly Glover, Ralitsa Tcholakova, Senator Yonah Martin, Dominique Moreau, Jen McLachlen, Eleine Keillor

Parliament Hill

Thursday, May 28, 2015

by invitation only

Parliament Hill Ottawa Canada

The Honourable Yonah Martin cordially invites you to a classical music concert on Parliament Hill (Room 256-S, Centre Block):
Reverberations of Aboriginal Inspirations

Ralitsa Tcholakova – violin & viola
Jen McLachlen – flute
Dominique Moreau – native drum
Elaine Keillor – piano

Kevork Andonian
Victor Herbiet
Frank Horvat
Jen McLachlen
Daniel Mehdizadeh
Evelyn Stroobach

RSVP 613-947-4078


Harmelodic Club

Sunday, April 26, 8pm

St.Luke`s church

Address: 760 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 6P9
Premiereing a piece composed for my next CD project `Aboriginal Inspirations`by Jen McLachlen - `Birds of Prince Albert`


Music by women composers

Friday, March 6, 2015 at 7:30pm

Shenkman Arts Centre

Richcraft Theater

For many centuries, women composers and performers were kept from public view. This is why the role of women composers in the evolution of classical music is often underappreciated. The reason is obvious: classical music spanned a period in history when women did not possess many rights and freedoms.  In the week of Women’s International day this concert will celebrate the music of classical, romantic and contemporary Austrian and German female composers ; Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Marie Theresia von Paradis, Vally Weigl, Judit Varga and Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin performed by:

Ralitsa Tcholakova – violin/viola

Ruby Jin - piano


Tickets: $25 Adults, $15 Seniors, $10 Students, children 12 and under free of charge

February 8, 2015 1:30pm St. John church Address: 154 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, ON K2P 0H8 Reverberations of Aboriginal Inspirations Ralitsa Tcholkaova - violin/viola Jen McLachlen - flute Dominique Moreau - aboriginal drums and vibraphone Nick Rodgerson - piano Premiere of music based on native myths, legends, music idioms composed by Evelyn Stroobach, Victor Herbiet, Victor Sanches, Frank Horvat, Daniel Mehdizadeh, Kevork Andonian, especially for my next CD project.

June 29, Concert at the Hall of the Union of the Architects in Sofia

June 24, Concert at Sofia Music Weeks Festival

June, Concert Embassy of Slovenia, Ottawa

June 7, Ottawa City

May 31, Milonga underground, Diefenbunker Museum

May 30, Fundraising Concert, Jamaica High commission

May 6, Fundraising concert at Southminster church Ottawa

May 3, Milonga Montreal

April 25, Museum of Nature

Canadian Music Center

Saturday, February 8th, 2014



20 St Joseph St, Toronto, ON M4Y 1J9


Ralitsa Tcholakova - violin

Ron Korb - flute

Frank Horvat - piano

World premiere of composition based on Ojibwe legend "The Hunter, the snake and the fox" written by Frank Horvat

Tickets: Adult $25, Student/Senior $15

Montreal Milonga

January 18, 2014

Chinese New Year Celebration

January 4th, 2014

Chinese concert

Saturday, December 14

Ottawa Tango Enselmble

Christmas Milonga

El Alma de Argentina


Friday, December 13, 2013

6:30pm St.Brigid Center for the Arts

Concert sponsored by the Argentinean Embassy

Free admission

Ralitsa Tcholakova - violin

Jean Desmarais - piano

Music by Ginastera, Guastavino, Adriana Isabel Figueroa Mañas, Gardel, Piazzolla

As well Tango music and dancers from Toronto ... and lots of wine :)


Saturday, September 28, 7:30pm

MacKay United church

39 Dufferin Rd  Ottawa, ON K1M 2H3

Special guest: Beverly Souliere - native drums

Ralitsa Tcholakova - violin

Ron Korb - Flute

Mark Ferguson - piano 


Premiere of a piece based on First Nations Folklore written by composer Frank Horvat.

 This concert is possible thanks to a grant from SOCAN foundation.

On line ticket sale

Tickets: $20 adults $12 Students/Seniors
and can be purchased at:
Ottawa Folklore Center,1111 Bank St Ottawa, ON K1S 3X4
Leading Note, 370 Elgin St #2, Ottawa, ON K2P 1N1
Granata Music, 1558 Merivale Rd, Nepean, ON K2G 3J9

Tango Workshop

Saturday,  September 21


Tango Group

The Missing Page



Peruvian celebration

Saint Joseph's Parish Hall, 174 Wilbrod Street (parking side entrance), Ottawa 6:30-10:30pm

June 22, 2013

Nepean Museum, Ottawa city







McKay United Church

Furndraising Concert

June 16, 3-4pm


Bulgarian Arts Festival - Ottawa edition

April 14-26, 2013


Classical Concert

April 26, 7pm

Ralitsa Tcholakova - violin

Jennifer loveless - piano

Program: Boris Karadimchev, Pantcho Vladigerov, Brahms, Schumann, Tango and more...

Tickets: $25 adults & $15 students/seniors, children under 12 free of charge

Tickets can be purchased at:
The Leadin Note
370 Elgin St #2

Ottawa Folklore
1111 Bank St.

Tickets can be purchased on line at

Slovak Composers


Thursday, March 21st,

Music by Eugen Suchon, Ladislav Kupkovic, J.L Bella and Peter Martincek

by invitation only

Vigil for the victims of Newtown

December 22, 2012 at 2pm

St. Patrick Basilica

281 Nepean Street  Ottawa, ON K1R 5G2

December 15, 8pm

Latin Jam at Pressed cafe

750 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1R 6X5


Friday, December 14, 2012 8pm

Notre Dame Cathedral 

"Salve Regina ad te canimus"


Ralitsa Tcholakova - violin/viola

Maria Knapik – soprano

Miroslawa Sojka Topor - mezzosoprano

Jennifer Loveless - organ



J.S. Bach, F. Schubert, C. Saint Saens,

J. Brahms, G Donizzeti, P. Tchaikovsky


Notre Dame Basilica

385 Sussex Drive

Ottawa, ON K1N 1J9

Days of Canadian Culture, Sofia

November 28, 7 pm Concert at the Museim Earth and Man

4 Cherni vruh blvdSofia 1421Bulgaria

Ralitsa Tcholakova - violin, Gabriela Zvetkova - cello, Penka Treneva - flute, Velislava Ninova - soprano, Zornitsa Radionova - piano

November 29, 7:45 pm Movie screening at the Cinema House 

Retrospective of Theo Ushev's animation films

Documentary "People on Ice"

Домът на киното се намира на ул. "Екзарх Йосиф" 37.
Телефон: 02 980 78 38



October 22, 6pm, Concert at Notre Dame

In Collaboration with Polish Embassy, Holy See and Notre Dame Cathedral

385 Sussex Drive  Ottawa, ON K1N 1J9
(613) 241-7496


Sep. 28, 2012
Classical Concert
Ars Universalis present

Ralitsa Tcholakova - violin
Maria Knapik - soprano
Tea Mamaladze - piano
Peter Rapson - cello

Tickets; $20 adults, $12 students/seniors
Reception provided by the Bulgarian Embassy and private sponsors to follow.

MacKay United Church
39 Dufferin Road Ottawa, ON K1M 2H3

This concert is partially funded by SOCAN foundation and the purpose is to promote the music of Canadian/Bulgarian composers within the Bulgarian community and Canadian society.
In the program you will hear pieces by Evelyn Stroobach, Alexandra Fol, Blago Simeonov, Johan Strauss, Franz Schubert, Sergey Rachmaninov and Leo Delib.
Jul. 13, 2012
Premiere of a new piece written for me
On August 6th at 12pm at the National Art Gallery I will be performing a piece for solo violin composed by Evelyn Stroobach for me as part of the New Music Now series at the Ottawa ChamberFest.
Aug. 7, 2012
New Demo CD recorded with grant from FACTOR; Le Grand Tango by Piazzola for viola; Por Una Cabesa arranged for me by Michael Pepa; Brazilian Landscapes composed for me by Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann

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