Dr. Devorina Gamalova
was born in Bulgaria from Bulgarian-German parents and began playing
the violin of the age of six. At thirteen she entered the Specialist
Music School in Rousse and soon started to gain her first successes
winning Local and National Competitions. At eighteen she was already
accepted as a student at the State Academy of Music in Sofia and graduated
from there as a solo violinist in the class of Prof. Bojan Letchev (D. Oistrach's pupil) and Assistant Prof. Dora Bratchkova.
She then moved to Germany to become the leader of the
Riesa Symphony Orchestra (currently Neue Elbland Philharmonie). Alongside this work she performed extensively
as a soloist and chamber musician in Germany, Bulgaria, Italy, Croatia,
Masterclasses in Weimar, Koblenz and Hvar gave her the
opportunity to work with Prof. Eduard Melkus and the leading Russian violinist
Prof. Grigory Zhislin. She moved to England in 1992 to undertake a two
year postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music with Prof. Zhislin and gained the ARCM certificate. In 1994 she was awarded The
Leverhulme Trust Scholarship for a further year of Advanced solo study
in viola at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the class of Prof.
In 2002 she completed her second Higher education and obtained her Master degree and in 2008 she was awarded the PhD degree at the London College of Music (TVU).
Since 1995 she has performed regularly for Yehudi Menuhin's
Live Music Now! organisation.
Since 1989 she has been regularly involved in broadcasts,
CD and TV productions in Bulgaria, Germany, Italy and England including
broadcast of a Live Music Now! Concert on BBC Radio 3 in 1996 in a program
about Yehudi Menuhin.
In 1998 she recorded Poulenc - Violin Sonata, M. Goleminoff - Little
Suite, Tchaikovsky - Seranade Melancholique and Meditation and Schumann - Maerchenbilder
on a CD under the "Gega New" label.
She performed, as a soloist, violin concertos by Brahms,
Schumann, Wieniawski 2, Mozart 3, Mendelssohn, Bach 1 & 2;
Chausson, Mendelssohn, Bach Double Concertos;
Vivaldi - Four Seasons, Chausson - Poeme, Tschaikovsky - Valse Scherzo, Sarasate - Gipsy Melodies, Kreisler - Prelude and Allegro; J.
Christian Bach and Telemann - Viola Concertos, Paganini - Sonata per la Grand' Viola, and others with different orchestras in
Bulgaria, Germany and England.
She plays now a 1770 Joseph Gagliano violin and performs as a soloist and also as a recitalist with the eminent pianists Prof. Roujka Charakchieva (Sofia), Peter Rhodes (UK) and Dessislava Atanassova (Vienna) all over Europe.
Apart from her performing career Dr. Gamalova teaches
violin and viola at Trinity College of Music, London College of Music and Goldsmiths University
College in London; at Birmingham Conservatoire
and also assisted Prof. Grigory Zhislin at Royal College of Music. She gives master classes in UK, Bulgaria and Italy.
Devorina is also very interested in literature, poetry, different arts, religion, philosophy and languages. She likes writing and translating and has several publications in Germany and Bulgaria.