Pianist Slavina Zhelezova has appeared as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician at venues throughout the United States, Canada, Bulgaria, Belgium, France, China, Taiwan and Mexico. Performance highlights include Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago (live radio and TV broadcast), The Harvard Cub of New York City, Steinway Hall (NY, NY), The Cornelia Street Café Classic Series (NY, NY), the Pro-Musica Concert Series (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico), Schumann-Chopin International Piano Festival (Cuernavaca, Mexico), Palm Beach International Piano Festival (Palm Beach, FL), Tenri Institute (NY, NY), Chopin Festival at Mannes (Mannes), Bach Festival at Mannes (NY, NY)Taiwan National Orchestra Summer Festival, Morelia Summer Festival (Morelia, Mexico) and Xalapa International Summer Festival (Xalapa, Mexico). Recent orchestra appearances include Xalapa Chamber Orchestra (Beethoven Concerto No. 5 and Schnittke Double Concerto), Zacatecas Symphony Orchestra (Schnittke Double), Puebla Symphony Orchestra (Chopin Concerto No. 2), Sonora Symphony Orchestra (Mozart Double Concerto) and Michoacan Symphony Orchestra October (Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals). As a part of the Guevara-Zhelezova Piano Duo, Slavina has toured Mexico extensively and recently gave the highly acclaimed Latin-American premiere of Schnittke’s Double Piano Concerto with the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra (Guanajuato, Mexico). Highlights of the 2015--16 season include Chopin Concereto No.1 with Xalapa Chamber Orchestra, Poulenc Double Concerto, Beethoven Concerto No. 5 with the University of Panama Symphony Orchestra, recitals in Harvard Club, Lechetizky Foundation and the launch of Midnight Conversations-GZ Piano Duo’s Debut CD.
Slavina is a first-prize winner at both the Dimitar Nenov National Piano Competition in Bulgaria and the Citta di Ostuni International Piano Competition in Italy. She is an award winner of the Soros International Foundation, the Cyril and Methodius Foundation, and the Future of Bulgaria National Foundation. Slavina began studying the piano at an early age and debuted on Bulgarian National Radio at age ten. In 1997, she moved from her native Bulgaria to New York City to study at the Mannes College of Music. Her principal teachers include Phillip Kawin, Seymour Bernstein, Pavlina Dokovska, and Rossitza Mihaylova. She has worked with eminent artists such as Phillippe Entremont, Richard Goode, Arie Vardi, Oxana Yablonskaya, Robert Roux, Michel Berof, Jean Philippe Collard, Jerome Lowenthal, Edward Aldwell and Yanina Fialkowska. Slavina holds a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music. She has also been a part of the highly competitive International Certificate for Piano Artists Program (ICPA) studying under Nelson delle Vigne and Philippe Entremont. She is currently completing her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at the Manhattan School of Music in New York.
As an educator, Slavina has served on the faculties of the Piano School of New York City, Restoration Youth Art Academy (Brooklyn, NY) and Harlem Day Charter School (Harlem, NY). She currently sustains a private studio of over 20 students in Manhattan. Slavina gives regular master classes at the University of Veracruz (Mexico) and has taught master classes at the Zacatecas University and Uruapan Music School (Mexico). Since 2005 she has been the Music Director and Organist of the Hoboken Community Church in Hoboken, New Jersey.