Devorina Gamalova - Musician and Writer

WELCOME to the page of Devorina Gamalova! 

Forthcoming events:

On Saturday, the 20 November 2021 at St George's Church in Beckenham at 11am there will be the first concert of D. Gamalova after a long break due to Covid and fracture of the left wrist.
Currently D. Gamalova is on a sabbatical period to finish a book. Concerts booked for October 2020 in Germany, October and November in London and December 2020 in Bulgaria but they may all be cancelled due to COVID-19. More info about it and on bookings for 2021  will be published soon.

Memorable past events:

2016-2019 - numerous solo and chamber concerts as well as masterclasses in UK, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA, Canada, Bulgaria, Germany. Assigned to play as a soloist all 12 Locatelli Concertos L'Arte del Violino Op. 3 and all 12 Vivaldi Concertos La Stravaganza, Op. 4 starting from 2016.

18 Nov 2015 at Sofia Capital Library at 18:00, 27 Nov at BCI London at 19:00 and December in Chirpan and Dimitrovgrad:

Poetry and Music Recital dedicated to the 85 birthday of distinguished Bulgarian poet Penjo Penev accompanied with music by D. Gamalova

18 June 2015: Concert celebrating the life of Alexander (Sasha) Ivashkin, including Schubert’s String Quintet

15 June 2015: Charity concert at BCI London raising funds for BBCFoundation supporting young musicians

20, 21, 22 April 2015, 8 Sept 2015 in Ruse, Turnovo, Gabrovo and Vidin -

Poetry and Music Recital dedicated to the 85 birthday of distinguished Bulgarian poet Penjo Penev accompanied with music by D. Gamalova

14-17 April 2015: Masterclass in Pleven, Bulgaria

London Festival of Bulgarian Culture

22 Nov 2014: Performing Beethoven Triple Concerto with Lora Marinova and K. Taskov and WLS in London

17 November 2014: Recital launching D. Gamalova's new CD with Favourite pieces for Violin and Viola "Treasured Classics" [DMV label] at the Bulgarian Embassy [BCI]

11 Sept 2014 Recital in Ruse dedicated to distinguished violin teacher Anelia Popova

9 Sept 2014: Recital with L. Marinova and K. Taskov within Gabrovo International Festival for Chamber Music

Asia tour: 

TAIWAN, 27.5-1.6.2014

Master classes at Tainan Specialist Music High School, Tainan University Music department

Concerts at the Eden Social Welfare Foundation and the Chiayi Christian Hospital and Recital at the Tainan Wan Sha Concert Hall


HONG KONG, 1.6-6.6.2014

Recital at the Chow Tak Sin Lecture Theater (LT-G) at HKUST

Master Class at the Hong Kong Baptist University

Concerts at the Elderly people's homeFong Shu Chuen Care & Attention Home and Chan Han Home for the Elderly

13 June 2014 at the Sofia Gallery of BCI:
Charity concert in memory of Boris Hristov raising funds for the Blagorodna Badeva Charity Foundation supporting young musicians in Bulgaria and youngsters suffering from diabetes.

Contact Information:

Devorina Gamalova
Tel/Fax +44 20 8648 2822

Gama Classics
Tel. +44 757 6460676

Dr. Devorina Gamalova graduated the State Academy of Music in Sofia, 'Hochschule für Musik' Dresden, Royal College of Music and GSMD in London and in 2008 was awarded a PhD degree at the University of West London. Among her teachers were Grigory Zhislin (whom she later assisted), Boyan Letchev and Dora Bratchkova.
She worked as principal leader of a symphony orchestra in Saxon Germany and later moved to UK focusing on solo and chamber performance as well as devoting herself to teaching [currently at Trinity Laban and Birmingham Conservatories, at LCM and Goldsmiths]. She has CD’s, books, broadcasts and worked also as recitalist for Yehudi Menuhin’s “Live Music Now!”, which mission she transmits worldwide. Together with her piano partner Krassimir Taskov she is winner of the ‘Crystal Lyre’ award in 2013 for their recital “Eight strings and Piano”.

"Devorina Gamalova is an outstanding musician who possesses an equal command of the violin and the viola. Her playing is characterised by beautiful and varied sound, excellent technical skills, cultured and disciplined musical thinking.
Devorina, a very thoughtful and constantly developing musician, is including more and more pieces in her repertoire, and is reaching out to new horizons in interpretation."

Grigory Zhislin, Professor, Royal College of Music


“A more serious contribution from, of all places, Bulgaria, with the violinist Devorina Gamalova, makes the best case I have heard for the imperfect Poulenc Sonata for Violin and Piano. Gamalova, now based in London, has a high-flying virtuosic style like other Slavic players, such as Wanda Wilkomirska, but she tempers it with a chamber music sensibility, aided by her British accompanist Peter Rhodes.”

Benjamin Ivry [Poulenc’s biographer], CD review, The Yale Review, Volume 87, Issue 4, p. 171


"The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly Rimsky-Korsakov's often played "Sheherasade". The technically and musically sophisticated solo of this "disguised violin concerto" was mastered with impressive nobility and vitality by the Bulgarian leader Devorina Gamalova."


"…An enjoyable opportunity to listen again to the former leader of Riesa Symphony Orchestra, D. Gamalova, who mastered the delightful soloist part (Chausson-Poeme) with it's lyrical and virtuoso passages, both stylishly and convincingly."


"D. Gamalova has proved herself as a distinguished artist, not only with the most sophisticated programme, but also through an intensive and very sensitive performing manner. For the outstanding and heartfelt interpretation the audience stood and gave a prolonged applause."

"The soloist of the evening - D. Gamalova, deserves a special recognition. She made her debut as a viola player with J. Christian Bach's Viola Concerto with great success. This was not only a technically and musically flawless performance, but the soloist captivated the audience with the warm tones of a very beautiful quality."

Sachsische Zeitung 


"The Bulgarian violinist Devorina Gamalova is certainly a violinist with impressive dexterity.
…in the relaxed and introspective moments of the central Intermezzo (Poulenc) her silver tone is most attractive.
...This often brooding score (Goleminoff) perfectly suits the dark and robust tone of her viola, the third movement being particularly beautiful."

The Strad


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