Pianist Ralitza Patcheva has been called a „phenomenon“ (The Washington Post) and praised for her „elegant pianistic technique“, courageous, innovative interpretation” (Dolomiten, Italy) and “crystal tone, amalgamation of witty virtuosity, powerful expressivity and profound sensitivity” (Thüringer Landeszeitung, Germany). She is a prizewinner at the 51st International Busoni Competition (Italy), The Washington International and the National Symphony Orchestra Young Soloists competitions, as well as the International Chamber Music Competition “Accademia di Citta di Pinerolo” in Italy (together with cellist Vasily Popov).
Ralitza Patcheva has soloed with the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, DC), the Jena Philharmonic (Germany), the Haydn Orchestra (Italy), Arlington Symphony, Alexantdria Symphony and Williamsburg Symphonia. She has appeared in recitals at the Kennedy Center, the Phillips Collection, the Embassy Series (Washington), as well as major international concert venues like Gewandhaus (Leipzig), St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Gasteig (Munich), Villa Musica (Mainz) and the Jubilee Hall (Aldeburgh)
As a chamber musician Ralitza Patcheva has collaborated with the Euclid Quartet, cellist Vasily Popov, members of the Villa Musica Ensemble (Mainz, Germany) and singers Stanislava Stoycheva (Bavarian State Opera, Munich) and Robert Merwald (Innsbruck Opera). She has received the higherst recommendations as a chamber musician by world famous artists like Daria de Rossa, Walther Notas, Eliso Virsaladze, Natalia Gutman, Helmut Deutsch, John Shirley-Quirk and Daphne Evangelatos.
Ralitza Patcheva has more than 20 concertos in her repertoire and several recital programs encompassing major works of Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Stravinsky, Bach, Schubert, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Ravel, as well as lesser known works by Hummel, Martin, Szymanowski, Hahn, Pabst, de Falla etc. She is known for daring programming, from presenting a piano and harpsichord recital at the Phillips Collection to premiering a piece for piano and electronic soundscape, dedicated to her by the contemporary German composer Marco Hertenstein. In 2004-2005 R. Patcheva recorded a double CD with works dedicated to famous pianists of the turn of the 20th century; a copy is kept at the National Piano Archives of the University of Maryland.
Ralitza Patcheva holds advanced degrees in piano performance and accompaniment from the University of Maryland (DMA), the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich (two artist diplomas) and the Peabody Conservatory (MMA and BMA). She has studied with Andre Watts, Eliso Virsaladze, Santiago Rodriguez, Helmut Deutsch, Julian Martin, Irena Orlov and Nina Aladshem.
At present, Ralitza Patcheva is on the faculty of Catholic University of America and the Georgetown University Department of Performing Arts. She is an Associate Chair of Chamber Music at the Levine School of Music.
Since 2002 she co-directs with her husband, cellist Vasily Popov, the Brown Bag Music Series at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, and is one of the founders of the Summer Chamber Music Festival in Washington.

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