Biography

Biography

Ralitsa Tcholakova is an internationally known violin/viola player based in Ottawa. She obtained a Master's Degree from the State Academy of Music in Bulgaria, and a Diploma from the Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna.  Tcholakova has performed as a soloist with orchestras and at chamber music series and festivals in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Macedonia, Paraguay, Russia, Slovenia, Serbia, Switzerland, USA and Uruguay. Her concerts have been recorded for broadcast for CBC and other radio stations in Canada, as well as for Bulgarian and Argentinean National radio and television She is the recipient of numerous bursaries, scholarships, awards and grants such as Svetoslav Obretenov Bulgarian National Competition, Sarasota Kiwanis Club, Baden - Baden Lion's Club, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, Austrian Ministry of Culture, FACTOR, Europe 2000, Ottawa City Arts Funding, Canada Arts Council, SOCAN foundation, Schenkman Arts Centre and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs.

 

She has been a Long Term Artist in Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts. During her residency at The Banff Centre, Tcholakova was involved in more than 25 concerts, including Chamber Music performances with Lawrence Lesser and Gilbert Kelish. Currently she is working on her Doctoral dissertation “Canadian Violin Concertos and their Stylistic Characteristics”.

                                                                                                                                                   

Tcholakova is also a published author. In 2006, her essay Footsteps to Eternity about Mozart's life, was published in the first anthology book in connection with the celebration of the composer's 250th birth anniversary in Bulgaria. The anthology Mozart-Genius is a project sponsored by the Austrian Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

In 2008 her paper on "Women Composers from Quebec city" was published in a Journal for Canadian Studies in Argentina.

 

She has been organizing a Festival "Days of Canadian Culture" in Sofia, Bulgaria since 2006 in collaboration with the Canadian Embassy in Romania. In 2006, 2007, 2008 the Canadian Embassy in Romania granted Tcholakova their entire budget for culture for Bulgaria, in order to organize the festivals in Sofia, November 24 - 26, 2006, December 1 - 2, 2007, November 29-30, 2008, November 29-30 - December 5, 2010 and November 29-30, 2012. She also launched the First Days of Canadian Culture in partnership with the Ministry of Youth, Tourism and Culture in Tirana, Albania on December  4-5, 2010.

 
              Ralitsa has recorded a numerous CDs with grants from FACTOR and Ottawa City Arts Funding such as "Soul of Tango", "Remembered Voices", "Ballade of the North", "Rally Live"  in concert etc. 
Her CDs are highly acclaimed. The CD "Ballad of the North" consisting music by Canadian women composers received a grant from SOCAN foundation towards international distribution to 135 radio stations around the world.

            "As a violin and piano recording, this one is immediately evident as being at the top of the genre. Performers are first rate, and playing with a passion. Audio production is unusually well done ...Excellent choices were made for the music on this CD. ...Tcholakova and Keillor show an admirable commitment to Canadian repertoire, beginning with Gena Branscombe's unjustly neglected A minor Sonata, well represented in this performance." And the review ends: "An excellent CD." (Whole Note magazine)

 

"Tcholakova and Keillor are wonderful collaborators who perform with sound musical chemistry. They present a polished, single-minded vision of the music and are able to create all the necessary moments of passion, lyricism, austerity, and dramatic climax. Tcholokova's intonation is excellent, and she possesses a rich and vibrant tone in the gypsy music, and one that is more subtle and intensive in the more serious works... These are voices worthy of remembering." (IAWM Journal)

 

 

Ralitsa  Tcholakova est une violoniste/altiste de renommée internationale basée à Ottawa. Elle a joué comme soliste avec des orchestres, dans des festivals et des séries de musique de chambre dans plus de 25 pays. Elle est récipiendaire de nombreuses   bourses telles celles du Promart 2000 (ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Commerce international), du Conseil des arts du Canada, du programme de financement des arts de la ville d'Ottawa, d’Europe 2000 et de la FACTOR (The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings). 
 
À l'automne 2011, son CD « Ballad of the North », qui met en vedette des compositrices canadiennes, a été sélectionné par la Fondation SOCAN pour distribution dans 135 stations de radio partout au monde. Depuis 2006, Ralitsa organise   également le Festival « Journées de la culture canadienne » à Sofia, en Bulgarie, en collaboration avec l'ambassade du Canada   en Roumanie .

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