A First Prize winner of the Claude Debussy International Competition in France and the Senigallia International Piano Competition, Italy, Pavlina Dokovska has performed in Europe, the Far East and throughout the United States, with important débuts at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, Mai Musical in Bordeaux, the Frick Collection in New York, Munich’s Gasteig, the National Gallery in Washington, Prague’s Autumn Festival and the Klavierfestival Ruhr in Germany. She has also given concerts with the Luxembourg Philharmonic under Leopold Hager and Paavo Järvi.
Pavlina Dokovska was born in Bulgaria where she studied with Lydia Kuteva and graduated from the Music Academy of Sofia as a student of Julia and Constantin Ganev. After further studies with Ivonne Lefébure in Paris, she completed her Master of Music Degree at The Juilliard School in New York as a student of Beveridge Webster. In 1995 she joined the faculty of the Mannes College of Music in New York and three years later was elected Chair of the Piano Department, a position she holds to date. In 1999 she founded and became artistic director of the annual Mannes Festival and is also artistic director of the Southwest Virginia Festival for the Arts.