A whirlwind at the piano, a sensitive musician with excellent technical skills and phenomenal pianistic expression — this is how the young pianist is celebrated both by critics of the Wiener Zeitung and Luzerner Zeitung as well as by renowned musicians such as the Artemis Quartet. Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Donka Angatcheva Maraszto made her debut as a soloist with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of ten. A pupil of Maria and Diana Slavova as well as Milena Mollova (a student of Emil Gilels), Angatcheva won numerous awards at international piano competitions from an early age.
She completed her studies with Heinz Medjimorec, a member of the Haydn Trio, at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Angatcheva’s artistic development was heavily influenced by master classes with musicians such as Ludmil Angelov, Boris Romanov, Catherine Vickers, Peter Efler, Tiny Wirtz and Oxana Yablonskaya. During her studies Angatcheva received numerous awards at music competitions and was an active member of Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now Foundation for highly talented musicians.
Angatcheva was also the face of Steinway’s advertising campaign on Austria’s Pro7 television channel and is regularly invited to perform for television including for ORF, Servus TV and Art CH. Her debut solo CD for Global Private Equity with works by Chopin was presented in Paris and Vienna by Radio Stephansdom.
She performs frequently with her ensemble, Trio d’Ante, including at Vienna’s Musikverein in 2006 and 2010. Angatcheva also performed together with the Ecuador Philhamornic Orchestra in Quito and held a piano master class at the Franz Liszt Music Conservatory in Quito. Angatcheva completed her chamber music studies at the Queen Elizabeth Music Conservatory in Brussels, where she studied with the Artemis Quartet. Together with Trio d’Ante, Angatcheva has recorded several CDs with works by Piazzolla, Enrique Arbós, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich for the Gramola label in Vienna, each receiving the “CD of the Week” award by Austria’s Ö1 Radio.
Angatcheva has performed at famous music venues and renowned festivals including Fundación Carlos de Amberes in Madrid, Sala Maria Cristina, Málaga, Apolonia Festival, Bulgaria, Kunstzentrum Art St. Urban, Switzerland, a live recording and Europe-wide broadcast at the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, Festival de musique de Menton, France, and at the Chopin Festival at the Cultural Centre Flagey in Brussels. She has also performed at the Mozart Hall of Vienna’s Konzerthaus, at the Festival de Menton in France and at the Great Hall of the Palais de Beaux Arts in Brussels.
Her Trio performances at the Musikverein, at Vienna’s Old City Hall and at the Austrian Parliament, at the Brucknerhaus in Linz and at Casa de la Musica in Quito, Ecuador have been extremely well received by both audiences and critics.
Her solo debut with the Bayreuth Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Nikolaus Richter at the Liszt Festival in Raiding in 2013 and a return invitation with Trio d’Ante in 2014 were in no small part due to the positive reception of her CD recording of works by Liszt, which was released by Gramola on the occasion of the Liszt Year in 2011. That same year, Angatcheva won the Young Artist Award for talented young artists, supported by “Art St Urban” and of the Heinz Aeschlimann Foundation. Her recent recording with star violinist Yury Revich with works by Mozart and Sarasate won Pizzicato Magazine’s Supersonic Award.
Also, Donka Angatscheva is a piano lector at the Conservatory of Music in Vienna since 2013.