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Evgeniya Kavaldzhieva, born in Bulgaria in 1977, started piano lesson at age six. When she was 13, she took to the percussion on her own.

In 2000 she completed with honors her Bachelor degree in Bulgaria and in 2002 her Masters in performance at University of Music in Würzburg, Germany with Professor Mark Lutz.

Numerous scholarships and awards have contributed to her musical and artistic development. In 1997 she have received The Special Price for Chamber Music at the International Competition “The Music and the Earth”, Sofia and three years later her solo virtuosity was awarded again by the same Competition. In 2002 she received the DAAD-Price at the University of Music, Würzburg and in 2003 she won the SPJM Scholarship.

Fascinated by the multiple possibilities of the marimba, Evgeniya began to focus on that instrument. Consequently she attended master classes with internationally renowned marimba players as N. J. Zivkovic, Momoko Kamiya, Katarzyna Mycka, Nancy Zeltsman and many others.

Evgeniya gained extensive concert experience through appearances and participation in music festivals, such as Nova Musica in Sofia, Bulgaria; New Bulgarian Music in Sofia; Winter Musical Evenings in Pazardjik, Bulgaria; the Spontin i-Pergolesi Festival, Italy; Max Reger Days in Weiden, Germany; Festival Finka Justus Franz in the Grand Canary Islands,Day of Percussion ’07 in Frankfurt, the 8th Residenz Night, Würzburg, Solo Recital at the Oberstdorf Music Summer, Duo Recital at the Mozart Summer in the Orangerie of Residenz, Würzburg among others.

Evgeniya has been a Solist of various Orchestras like Academic Orcestra, Sofia, Schoumen Philharmony Orchestra, Bulgaria, Würzburg Chamber Orchestra, Trier Philharmony Orchestra etc.

She has been taking part in a various Radio and TV Recordings.

In 2001 Evgeniya participated in a CD Project “Percussion Around the World” by the University of Music, Würzburg.

In 2004 she was featured as a soloist during Matthias Schmitt’s Composer’s Portrait in Linz, Austria. In 2005 she recorded his 30 Progresive Pieces for Marimba “Young and Sweet” at 3CD’s. In 2006 Schmitt produced Evgeniya’s first Solo Album “A Tribute to Charlie” with Marimba and Vibraphone works written himself.

"...Bulgarian Evgeniya Kavaldzheiva highlights the solo marimba and vibraphone music of composer Matthias Schmitt on this very enjoyable recording that showcases Kavaldzheiva’s considerable talent and traverses numerous musical genres....She is very musical and brings each nuance of the music to the surface." Terry O’Mahoney Percussion Notes, Dec 2007.

Since 2007 Schmitt/Kavaldzhieva play also together as a Duo „2 Gather“. In 2011 Evgeniya played the Premiere of Schmitt’s “Agnus Dei” for Choir and Marimba.

In addition to her solo and chamber music appearances she is very active giving Master Classes and Workshops too.

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