Idyllwild Arts Academy, CA
An exceptionally versatile musician, classically trained Bulgarian violinist Dima Dimitrova has collaborated with artists of many different genres. At 26, Ms. Dimitrova has performed on four continents in major concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Royal Albert Hall in London, Beijing Concert Hall as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician.
An avid advocate for arts education, Ms. Dimitrova has been a part of numerous community engagement projects. As co-founder of the Ostinato Project, a two-part community service initiative, Ms. Dimitrova travelled to Bulgaria in June 2014. One component of the project brings innovative arts education to Bulgarian orphans, who are notoriously underserved and left without sufficient educational or recreational resources. The other aspect of the project pairs students from the National Academy of Music in Sofia with local hospices to bring music to patients who greatly need it while encouraging a spirit of community outreach amongst the next generation of musicians. The project continues on an annual basis.
As a devoted teacher Ms. Dimitrova served as a faculty member at Opus 118 Harlem School of Music in New York City where she taught private violin lessons from 2010 to 2014. While still a student at the Juilliard School, she and eleven other musicians founded a two-week exchange program in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, where they primarily worked with NEOJIBÀ, an initiative based on the highly successful Venezuelan program El Sistema providing a comprehensive training seminar for the students, including private lessons, master-classes, sectionals, and a side-by-side performance. This past January, Ms. Dimitrova had a residency at the Academia Filharmonica de Medellín in Universidad EAFIT in Medellín, Colombia where she taught private lessons, masterclasses, and led a string orchestra. The residency culminated in a side-by-side concert in Bogotá, Colombia.
Ms. Dimitrova graduated from the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California, where she served as a concertmaster of the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra, and received the Most Outstanding Artist of the Year Award for 2008. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the Juilliard School in New York City in the studios of Professor Masao Kawasaki and Professor David Chan. Beginning with the 2014-2015 Season, Ms. Dimitrova joined the violin section New World Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas.