Kaliya Kalcheva

Date of birth: 06.04.1996

Instrument: piano
Nationality: Bulgarian
Competition: International Competition Young Virtuosos, 2014

1st prize and EMCY prize

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Promoted by EMCY: Young Talents on Tour 2015

Kaliya Kalcheva is a student in 11th grade at the NMS „Lyubomir Pipkov" in Sofia, Bulgaria, in the class of Proff. Milena Mollova. She was born on 6th April 1996 and began her musical education at the age of 5. She won her first piano competition with big success in 2002 at the International Youth Music Festival “Hopes, talents, masters” in Dobrich, Bulgaria. She has won over than 14 first prizes so far and many special ones at international competitions, such as the International Competition "Ohrid Pearls" in Macedonia, Pera Piano Festival in Turkey and a Grand Prix at the international competition “Evangelija Tjarri” in Cyprus, where she was invited to perform as a guest winner at a later edition.

Kaliya has had three solo piano recitals, the first one performed at the age of 9. She has been granted four times with a student scholarship for young pianists „Lidia Kuteva”, established with personal funds of proff. Pavlina Dokovska (Mannes College of Music, USA), member of the Council of the International Foundation „St. Cyril and Methodius". Kaliya Kalcheva has attended master classes of Bernd Glemser (Germany), Tamara Poddubnaya (Russia), proff. Victor Chouchkov, Derek Han (USA), proff. Milena Mollova, Vesna Podrug (Croatia) and prof. Alexander Hinchev.

Based on an invitation of the ICF (International Classification of Functioning) „Vladimir Spivakov", the young pianist participated in the festival „Moscow Meets Friends" in 2005, 2007 and 2012. In 2009 she was invited by the “Hotchkiss” foundation to take part in a summer chamber music program in Connecticut, USA. Later, in 2012 and 2013 she participated in the project “Nuclear Kids” in Russia. Along with the piano, she had a career with the violin. She was awarded with the first prize at the International Youth Music Festival “Hopes, talents, masters” in Dobrich, Bulgaria and a third prize at the International Competition “Young Virtuosos” in Sofia.

Kaliya Kalcheva has worked with the conductors Reinhard Seehafer (Germany), Kristina Prenkovska (Macedonia), Grigor Palikarov, Martin Panteleev, Svilen Simeonov and Dimitar Karaminkov, and has performed with the “Classic FM” Radio Orchestra, Sofia Philharmony, “Symphonieta” Orchestra, and the symphonic orchestras of Plovdiv, Sliven and Rousse. Her most recent success was a first prize at the International competition “Young Virtuosos” - Sofia in March 2014, where she was also awarded with the special prize by the EMCY.

Listen to Kaliya here.



J. S. Bach, Italian concerto in F Major (BWV 971)

J. S. Bach, Partitas Nos. 2 and 6 (BWV 826 & 830)

J. S. Bach, Preludes and fugues (BWV 851 & 866) (WTC I)

J. S. Bach, Preludes and fugues (BWV 871, 872 & 892) (WTC II)

J. S. Bach, Toccata and fugue in E minor (BWV 914)

L. v. Beethoven, Sonata in E flat Major (Op. 81a, No. 26 Les Adieux)

L. v. Beethoven, Sonata in C Major (Op. 53, No. 21 Waldstein)

L. v. Beethoven, Sonata in C Minor (Op. 13, No. 8 Pathetique)

L. v. Beethoven, Sonata in F Minor (Op. 2, No.1)

L. v. Beethoven, Sonata in D Major (Op. 10, No. 3)

L. v. Beethoven, 32 Variations on an Original Theme in C minor (WoO 80)

J. Brahms, Intermezzo in A Major (Op. 118, No. 2)

J. Brahms, Rhapsody in B Minor (Op. 79, No. 1)

E. Chabrier, Bourrée fantasque in C Minor

F. Chopin, Ballade No. 1 in G minor (Op. 23)

F. Chopin, Etudes Nos. 1, 4, 5 and 8 (Op. 10)

F. Chopin, Etudes Nos. 1 and 2 (Op. 25)

F. Chopin, Prelude in C sharp minor (Op. 26, No.1)

F. Chopin, Scherzo in B Minor (Op. 20)

M. Clementi, Sonata in G Minor (Op. 7, No. 3)

C. Debussy, Etude pour les arpèges composés No. 11

C. Debussy, Prelude No. 12 „Minstrels“ (Book I)

C. Debussy, Prelude No. 19 „La terasse des audiences du clair de lune“ (Book II)

C. Franck, Prelude, fugue and variation in B Minor (Op. 18)

A. Ginastera, Sonata No. 1 (Op. 22)

J. Haydn, Sonatas Hob. (XVI: 28, 44, 49 and 50)

F. Lizst, Hungarian rhapsody No. 11

F. Liszt, “Rigoletto” Paraphrase

N. Medtner, Sonata in C Minor (Op. 25, No. 1 “Fairy Tale”)

W. A. Mozart, Sonatas (K. 330, 533&494, 457)

F. Mendelssohn, Rondo Capriccioso (Op. 14)

F. Mendelssohn, Variations sérieuses (Op. 54)

S. Rachmaninov, Moment Musicaux in B minor (Op. 16, No. 1)

S. Rachmaninov, Prelude in G minor (Op. 23)

D. Scarlatti, Sonata in B Minor (K. 27)

A. Scriabin, Poeme in B major (Op. 32, No.1)

C. Schumann, Romance (Op. 21 No. 3)

C. Schumann, Variations on a theme by Robert Schumann (Op. 20)

R. Schumann, Abegg variations (Op. 1)

D. Shostakovich, Prelude and fugue in D Major (Op. 87, No. 5)

Chamber music

T. Baynov, „Metrorhythmia 1“ for piano 6 hands

L. v. Beethoven, Trio in B Flat Major (Op.11)

C. Czerny, Rondeau Brillant for piano 6 hands (Op. 227)

J. Haydn, Trio in B flat major (Hob. XV: 20)

F. Kalkbrenner, Piano Trio in E Minor

A. Klughardt, „Songs of the reeds“ for piano, oboe and viola (Op. 28)

W. A. Mozart, Piano Trio in G Major (K. 496)

W. A. Mozart, Piano Trio in E Major (K. 542)

W. A. Mozart, Piano Quartet in G minor (K. 478)

S. Prokofiev, Sonata for Violin and Piano in D Major (Op. 94a, No. 2)

D. Shostakovich, Trio in E Minor (Op. 67)

F. Suppe, Ouverture from the opera „Poet and Peasant“ for piano 6 hands

With orchestra

L. v. Beethoven, Piano concerto No. 2 in B flat Major

C. Franck, Symphonic variations in B Minor

J. Haydn, Piano concerto No. 2 in D Major

F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Piano concerto No. 2 in D Minor

W. A. Mozart – Piano concerto in C Major (K. 415)

D. Puccini, Piano concerto in B flat Major

C. Saint-Saëns, Piano concerto No. 2 in G Minor

If you are interested in working with Kaliya, please get in touch with the EMCY Office.




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