Plamena  Mangova, piano
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Marina Bower

Plamena Mangova



It is rare to feel a real shock when listening to an artist...There was no drop in tension in this extensive programme. Beethoven’s ‘10 Variations on a theme of Salieri’, played to perfection, were a great introduction to the monumental Brahms 3rd sonata, so masterfully played. Admirable technique, marvellous balance and perfect reading of the polyphony even in the more dense passages...The public were aware of being present at a recital of a great musician – of whom we haven’t heard the last! (for her recital at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris)


Plamena Mangova won second prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2007 and embarked on an international career. Her initial studies were with Marina Kapatsinskaya at the Pancho Vladigerov Sofia State Music Academy in Bulgaria and then at the Queen Sofia Higher Music School, Madrid with the eminent teacher Dmitri Bashkirov. She has also worked with Abdel-Rahman El Bacha at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium and received the advice of renowned musicians such as Leon Fleisher, Rosalyn Tureck, Krystian Zimerman and Andras Schiff. She is a Laureate of various prestigious international piano and chamber music competitions, including “Paloma O’Shea” in Santander and “Vittorio Gui” in Florence, as well as the Juventus Festival in France.

Plamena performs with leading orchestras, such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, National Orchestra of Belgium, European Union Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, RAI Torino Orchestra, Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Bulgarian Radio Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonic, St Petersburg Orchestra, MDR Orchester Leipzig, RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Verbier Festival Orchestra... Conductor collaborations include Sir Colin Davis, Sir Andrew Davis, Emmanuel Krivine, Walter Weller, Tadaaki Otaka, Jaap van Zweden, Dmitri Jurowski, Karl Heinz Steffens, Gilbert Varga, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Jean-Bernard Pommier and François-Xavier Roth. A keen chamber music player, she has performed with Maria Joao Pires, Boris Berezovsky, Augustin Dumay, Mihaela Martin, Jian Wang, Pascal Moragues, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Alexander Kniazev, Frans Helmerson and the Ysaye String Quartet among others.

Plamena has performed at the Berlin Philharmonie, BOZAR Brussels, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Kennedy Center Washington and Concertgebouw Amsterdam (“Carte Blanche for Maxim Vengerov”), South Bank Center London, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Moscow Conservatory concert hall, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Arsenal de Metz, Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs Elysées and Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Sala Verdi Milan and at major festivals such as Progetto Martha Argerich Lugano, Verbier Academy, La Folle Journée Nantes and Tokyo, La Roque d'Anthéron, Rostropovich Festival in Baku, Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, Santander, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Montpellier Radio France Festival, Festival de Menton, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Bach Akademie Stuttgart.

Her first solo CD recording (Shostakovich) was awarded a “Diapason d'Or de l'Année 2007”. A chamber music disc by the same composer followed with soprano Tatiana Melnychenko, violinist Natalia Prischepenko (leader of the Artemis Quartet) and cellist Sebastian Klinger (Bavarian Radio Orchestra), which was awarded the Superfonic Prize in Pizzicato magazine. Her Beethoven disc (sponsored by the Belgian Bank Fortis), was highly praised by France Musique and Diapason, as were her exceptional recordings of Strauss' Burleske  (2008) and Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 (2010) with the Belgium National Orchestra and Walter Weller (Fuga Libera label). The latter was highly praised by Bryce Morrison in Gramophone magazine. The last CD, highly praised too, was recorded with the cellist Alexander Kniazev and dedicated to Franck and Ysaÿe.

Recent highlights have included her debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Sir Andrew Davis and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, a recital at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées Paris and her debut at Wigmore Hall London. In the 2013/14 season, Plamena performs with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Myung-Whun Chung in Moscow at the Rostropovich Festival, Orquesta Clasica Santa Cecilia/Vladimir Fedoseyev at the Auditorio Nacional de Musica Madrid, Taipei Symphony Orchestra/Jean-Claude Casadesus, New Zealand Symphony/Julian Kuerti, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra/Walter Weller... She gives recitals at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vilnius National Philharmonic Hall, Riga Great Guild Hall, Salle Molière of Lyon (Festival Piano à Lyon), and performs chamber music concerts with her partners at Bonn Beethovenhaus and Munich Herkulesaal, Paris Auditorium du Louvre and Konzerthaus Vienna, among others.