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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, and France.

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. David Takeno.

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.

 
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