Daniela Mineva's unique approach to standard repertory, combined with the performance and dedication of works by living composers, make her in demand as one of the most promising concert artists.
Ms. Mineva has won prizes from numerous international and national competitions including the 2007 Jean Francaix piano competition in Paris, France, the 1998 Steinway International Piano Competition, the International Competition "Music and the Earth" Sofia, Bulgaria, among many others. Orchestral engagements and solo recitals included the most prestige venues in Bulgaria, USA, Italy, France and Russia. A strong proponent of new music, Ms. Mineva has collaborated with many young and established composers as well as performing with groups and working in societies for new music like Speculum Musica-New York, OSSIA-Rochester, Twenty One and the International Society for Pianists and Composers. Ms. Mineva has presented master classes and workshops throughout U.S and Europe. In 2009-2010, she toured and presented concerts, master classes and workshops in China.
Born in Bulgaria, she began piano lessons at the age of five with her mother as her first teacher. She graduated from Sofia Music Academy with the Bachelor of Music degree and the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Choral Conducting. She also holds the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and the Outstanding Graduate Diploma from the University of North Texas. Her impressive list of honors includes also Artist Certificate from Northwestern University and the Doctor of Music Arts degree and the Performance Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Her principal teachers include Natalya Antonova, Ursula Oppens, Pamela Mia Paul, Geni Zacharieva and Julia Girginova. She has also worked closely with:
- Emmanuel Ax,
- Frederic Rzewski,
- Bright Sheng,
- Pamela Frank,
- Paul Bodura-Scoda,
- Joseph Kalichstein,
- Sherril Milnes
She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at Humboldt State University.