- Marietta Petkova -

was born in 1968 in Rousse, Bulgaria.
After a period of seven years at the local conservatory
(graduating in 1986 with the school's Gold Medal) she
spent a year at the Music Academy Sofia, studying
with Lili Atanassova and Gina Tabakova.

She then studied for two years at the Hochschule für
Musik in Vienna with Paul Badura-Skoda, who wrote about her:
"Rarely have I had a student in whom intelligence, feeling and technical
ability are so perfectly matched. Despite her young age Marietta
Petkova is a fully matured artist. When she performs she is
completely immersed in the music and thus capable
of deeply moving her listeners, including this one."

In 1989/90 she was 'resident artist' at The Banff Centre for
the Arts in Canada. In 1990 she decided to live in Amsterdam, The Netherlands,
where she studied with Jan Wijn at the Sweelinck Conservatorium,
graduating in 1994 with the highest possible distinction.

Jan Wijn (in an interview in 'Pianowereld'):
"Marietta Petkova is a natural born talent. When I heard her
play for the first time, I thought that, in a previous life, she must have been
a pianist already. The way she put her hands on the piano and treated
the keys was very new for me. I had never seen anybody
before with so much affinity with music
and with the piano itself."

Meanwhile, since 1989, Marietta Petkova took lessons with
György Sebök (1922-1999) as well, especially in Ernen
(Switzerland). Sebök turned out to be an invaluable
master for her. "Everything which I'll learn,
I'll learn from him", she said in 1999.

Prizes

Marietta Petkova was
only 10 years old when she won the Grand Prix
of the 1978 National Piano Competition in Bulgaria.

Further prizes followed in:
Italy, Salerno 1981, Senigallia 1985, Enna 1989, Cantù 1993;
Czechoslovakia, Ustinad Labem 1983: 1st Prize and 'Tibor Katai Award'
at the 'Virtuosi di Pianoforte' Competition; Bulgaria, Sofia 1983, Pleven 1984;
Portugal, Lisbon 1987: 'Vianna da Motta' Competition; Austria, Vienna 1988: 'Rombro
Stepanow' Competition; Switzerland, Vevey 1989: 2nd place at the prestigious
'Clara Haskil' Competition; The Netherlands: Rotterdam 1990: winner
(ex aequo) of the Eduard Flipse Competition, winner of the Yamaha
Music Foundation Europe Award 1993, of the 3rd Prize
at the 1994 Scheveningen International Music
Competition, of the 1994 'Toonkunst
Jubileum Prize'
and of the
'Helge Domp Prize'.

In 1993, in France, she was awarded the prestigious title
'Lauréate Juventus' by the European Council's
'Fondation Claude-Nicolas Ledoux'.

Orchestras / Venues / Festivals

Marietta Petkova performs all over Europe,
in North America and in Japan, especially with solorecitals,
but also in chamber music and as a soloist with orchestras like the
Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra,
the Chamber Orchestra of The Netherlands, the Dutch Radio Symphony
Orchestra, the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen
and the Kammerorchester Arcata Stuttgart.

Regularly Marietta Petkova appears in the most
important Dutch
concert halls, like the Grand Hall of the Amsterdam
Concertgebouw. Other halls worth mentioning are the Beethoven Haus Bonn
('94), Liederhalle Stuttgart ('95), Théâtre de la Ville ('95), Salle Pleyel ('99)
and Théâtre du Châtelet ('01) in Paris, National Gallery
in Washington ('95), Palacio Nuñez in Madrid ('98),
Tonhalle Zürich ('98) and Salle Paderewski in
Lausanne ('95, '96, '98, '99, '02).

She has performed in various international festivals:
Montreux-Vevey ('89), 'Carinthischer Sommer' ('90),
St. Riquier ('93), Lille ('94, '95), 'Juventus' ('93, '94, '95), Dijon ('95, '96),
Rotterdam Philharmonic Philips Gergiev Festival ('96), Yokohama International
Piano Festival ('97), Festival Chopin in Paris ('94, '98), 'Piano Zomer Festival'
Leeuwarden ('99), 'Festival der Zukunft' in Ernen ('00)
and 'Flâneries Musicales de Champéry' ('01).