Ina Dimitrova was born into a musical family and raised in Bulgaria and Portugal. In 1988 she moved to Lisbon, where she took violin lessons under the tutelage of her father Dimitar Dimitrova and soon thereafter, at the age of 15, gave a solo recital at the summer festival of Estoril.
Since taking up permanent residence in Lucerne in 1991, Ina Dimitrova ended her studies in the class of Prof. Edith Peinemann at the Musikhochschule Luzern in 2000 with a soloist's diploma of the 'highest distinction' – a title awarded only for the second time since the school's inception in 1942.
During her studies (teacher and concert diploma), Dimitrova received impulses from various great pedagogues including Yfrah Neaman, Franco Gulli, Giulliano Carmignola and Rudolf Baumgartner. She won a three-year stipend from the Migros- Genossenschafts-Bundes and numerous sponsorship prizes from various Swiss foundations including the Morus Lewinssohn Foundation, the Friedl Wald Foundation Basel, Dr. Walter Strebi Foundation Prize, and the prize of the "Orpheus Konzerte Zürich 1998". In 1999 she won the European Young Concert Artists for all instruments in Leipzig, one month later she won the Georg Kulenkampff Violin Competition in Cologne and additionally received the audience prize and was honoured with a special prize for the best Mozart interpretation. There followed solo performances with various orchestras and solo and duo recitals in Germany, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Bulgaria, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Switzerland in such concert halls as the Kölner Philharmonie, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Alte Oper Frankfurt am Main, Tonhalle-Saal Zürich, Auditorio Nacional Madrid and the Culture and Congress Center Lucerne.
In 2001 she made two extended tours together with the WDR- Orchester Köln in Spain and Germany, where she thrilled audiences and critics alike at a total of 27 concerts with the violin concerts of Brahms and Sibelius. In the same year she was awarded the Mozart Prize by the city of Lucerne.
The highlights of this year's concerting activities (2004) are without doubt the performances of Barber's violin concert and the 'Tzigane' by Ravel with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra at the KKL under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner.
Parallel to her solo performances, Dimitrova also attaches great importance to chamber music and appears regularly in various formations. She was a member and the concertmistress of the Festival Strings Lucerne from 1995 until 2004, a formation with which she has performed often as a soloist in numerous concerts at home and abroad. She is a member of the newly founded Goldberg Trio Lucerne.
Ina Dimitrova has taught violin at the Musikhochschule Luzern since 2001.
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