Liya Petrova is a First Prize Winner at the International Carl Nielsen Violin Competition 2016 in Denmark. She is praised for her “Effortless virtuosity” ( The Strad ) , “Exceptional tonal variety “ ( Gramophone ) and “Gorgeous sound – ripe and silvery; Phrasing with majestic breadth” ( The Times ).
Liya won numerous prizes at international competitions such as the Concours International de Violon Tibor Varga, the International Louis Spohr Competition and the Vaclav Huml Competition among others, and at the German Music Competition which granted her admission to the list of Soloists of the DMR (Deutscher Musikrat).
As a soloist Liya has performed with many renowned Orchestras such as the Orchestre Philharmonique Luxembourg, the Filharmonie Antwerp, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, the Orchestre National de Belgique ,the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Brussels Philharmonic, the Orchestre National Montpellier, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the KlassikPhilharmonie Hamburg, the Norddeutschen Philharmonie Rostock, the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra and others. She has worked with conductors such as Philippe Herrewege, Krzysztof Penderecki, Yan Tortelier, Nikolaj Szeps- Znaider, Christopher Warren-Green, Jesús López Cobos and Michel Tabachnik. She is also regularly touring in Japan which brings her to perform this season in over 20 cities in Japan. Her first solo Album with the Odense Symphony Orchestra under Kristiina Poska, including Nielsen and Prokofiev first Violin concerto for Orchid Classic Label (2018) brought her international critical acclaim.
In 2016 she received her second invitation to the concert series “Martha Argerich and friends” with Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet and Mischa Maisky. Furthermore she has collaborated with Ivry Gitlis, Renaud Capucon Augustin Dumay, James Ehnes, Nicholas Angelich, Frank Braley, Yuja Wang, Gerad Caussé, Autoine Tamestit, Gary Hoffman and Gautier Capucon in numerous chamber music projects.
Amongst others, Liya has given guest performances at the Festspielen Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspielen, the Festival de Radio France Montpellier, the Festival of Menton and the Festival de Pâques of Aix-en-Provence.
Liya Petrova was born in Bulgaria surrounded by a family of musicians. At the age of 11 she began her studies in Germany as a Young Student at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock. After studying with Petru Munteanu there ,Liya continued her studies further with Augustin Dumay at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium, Renaud Capucon at the HEMU in Lausanne, and Antje Weithaas at the Hochschule für Musik “Hans Eisler” in Berlin.
Liya plays an outstanding instrument made by Carlo Bergonzi in 1737 in Cremona, on a generous loan from Xavier and Josephine Moreno.