© Martin Siebenbrunner
Dora Deliyska has established herself not only as one of the leading pianists of the present time, but also as one of the most versatile and intriguing. Her unique artistic projects have their own conceptual dramaturgy, giving piano literature and the art of interpretation a new perspective.
Years of concert appearances and audio and video recordings have earned Dora Deliyska international acclaim from both critics and audiences. Her extensive repertoire ranges from Bach to Ligeti. She creates a connection between sensitive piano interpretation, brilliant virtuosity and deep musicological ideas.
Deliyska performs regularly at some of the most renowned concert halls such as the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Oosterpoort Music Center (Netherlands), and many other venues in Europe. She frequently appears in Asian countries including China, Thailand, Vietnam, Qatar, as well as in South America, where she also gives master classes at prestigious musical institutions. Deliyska has been invited as a jury member to several piano competitions.
Dora Deliyska began piano lessons at the age of five. Surrounded by music in her family, she held her first concert at the age of nine. After musical training in her home city Pleven, Bulgaria, she attended the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna, where she graduated with distinction her Masters Degree in year 2010. The same year, she obtained the postgraduate diploma at the Oxana Yablonskaya Piano Institute in Italy.
Her artistic development has been strongly influenced by master classes and individual lessons with renowned musicians such as Dmitri Alexejew, Mikhail Voskresensky, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Boris Bloch and others.
Her career as a soloist was launched with a debut CD of works by Franz Liszt; this was followed by further recordings of Liszt and Chopin.
She was soon considered one of the most important Liszt interpreters of her generation. Her 2013 Schubert CD won the Pzzicato “Supersonic Award” and critics termed her interpretations and musical ideas as “simply sensational”; a pianist, who has reached “the highest levels of technical ability”.
With her album “Danzas, Dora Deliyska & friends”, the pianist unites intense rhythms, dance motifs from different cultures and jazzy sounds. Th CD as acclaimed as “one of the most spectacular piano recordings that have been produced recently”.
Her album “The B-A-C-H Project”, released in March 2018, documents for the first time the success of her intensive musicological concepts: “Dora Deliyska has long established herself on the international piano scene. Her sensitive touch and her lyrical art of interpretation are treasured worldwide – this, alongside complete technical perfection, brings back a virtue which seems to have been underestimated for a long time: emotional competence. A fascinating experience, an outstanding album!”; “a wonderful trans-epochal listening experience”.
With her most recent release, “Alles Walzer, einmal anders!”, Dora Deliyska enables her listeners to experience the Viennese waltz in an altogether different way. The pianist constructs complexities on the basic structure of this dance and shows the waltz in its myriad of facets: From Viennese-elegant to modern, virtuosic, orchestral; even impressionist. A Viennese newspaper named the CD as one of Austria’s Top 10 cultural events in 2020.
Dora Deliyska has been awarded numerous scholarships and prizes in international piano competitions.
Her artistic development has been supported by scholarships and awards, including by the Dr. Boesch Foundation in Vienna, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Arts and Culture, J. Windisch Scholarship, the Dutch Labberte Foundation, and the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture. Her artistic activities in Vienna are currently being supported by Kuhn Rechtsanwälte GmbH.
Live performances and recordings by Dora Deliyska have been broadcast by the Austrian cultural station Ö1, Radio Klassik Stephansdom, by the Austrian national Television ORF, by the Dutch national television, by the Italian Radio Rai3, by the Swiss Radio DRS and by the Bulgarian National Radio and Television.
As a chamber musician, she has collaborated, amongst others, with Daniel Hope, Harriet Krijgh, Adrian Eröd and Nadia Krasteva. Dora Deliyska is a Bösendorfer artist.