Biliana Voutchkova is a thoroughly engaged composer/performer/interpreter whose work combines regular performances of major solo violin/ensemble works, new works by contemporary composers often written for her, and improvisation. Her research as a creative improviser spans the widest possible range of sound/music/movement and extends the sonic and technical capacities of her instrument evolving into the development of a highly individual musical language. Biliana lives in Berlin and appears at festivals and concert series worldwide (HCMF/Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, GAS Festival, Mózg, Borealis, Experimental Intermedia New York etc.). She works as a soloist and collaborates with the Splitter Orchestra, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, Ensemble Modern, Ensembles United Berlin, Mozaik, Zeitkratzer, LUX:NM and Sasha Waltz & Guests, among others. Biliana has received a number of awards - most recently the Composition Stipend from the Berliner Senate in 2017 and grands from INM Berlin and the Trust for Mutual Understanding in New York in 2016.
Born into a family of musicians, Biliana Voutchkova began playing violin at the age of four, made her orchestra debut at the age of nine, and recorded her first CD for the Japanese label Crown Record Ltd. at the age of sixteen. She studied classical violin, in her college years started being involved with the contemporary and improvised music scene in New York. Among her teachers were Peter Arnaoudov, Abram Stern and Felix Galimir. Voutchkova holds degrees from the University of Southern California and New School for Social Research/Mannes College of Music in New York (MM in music). She has received top honors at the Kozian International Music Competition, CRS National Competition for Performing Artists, and Music and the Earth International Contemporary Music Competition. At the age of nineteen, she was invited to the United States, and was presented the special Jasha Heifetz Violin Scholarship for her studies at the University of Southern California. After her move to New York in 1995 her continuous interest and exploration of the music of today remains being a major part of her work.
"...courageous, uncompromising, ultimately successful...."
(FreiStil #70/Bertl, Germany)
“…Voutchkova simply has an original manuscript to which we are unaccustomed. But when her speech coordinates with your perception, you will experience a remarkable adventure.”
(His Voice, Z.K. SLABÝ)
"Biliana Voutchkova strikes me as one of those profound and insightful artists who deals in silence, precision of thought, and a taut compacted mode of expression; only these taut-lipped approaches are suitable for the complex content she’s attempting to delineate, where there are clearly a lot of unknowns, and you need a degree of courage to get to the heart of the matter…”
(The Sound Projector, Ed Pinsent)
photo (c) Michel Marang