Biliana Voutchkova

biliana voutchkova is a dedicated, thoroughly engaged composer-performer whose work combines regular performances of major solo violin/ensemble works and new works by contemporary composers often written for her, realtime composition/ improvisation and performance work. her constant research as a creative artist spans the widest possible range of sound and movement and extends her sonic, physical and technical capacities evolving into the development of a highly individual artistic musical language.

biliana is a risk taker approaching contemporary classical repertoire with the same inspiration and freedom characteristic of her forceful improvisations. after her 14 years long residence in the usa, biliana now lives in berlin and collaborates with an international pool of renowned groups and artists – among those are the splitter orchestra, solistenensemble kaleidoskop, ensemble modern, ensembles united berlin , mosaik, lux:nm , matthias bauer, frances-marie uitti, mazen kerbaj, iva bittová, audrey chen, ute wassermann, michael thieke, séverine ballon, helmut lachenmann, hans peter kuhn, sasha waltz & guests, georg nussbaumer, clayton thomas, axel dörner, peter ablinger and many others.

biliana has been heard at festivals and concert series worldwide , her appearances ranging from celebrated concert venues such as carnegie hall in new york, the berliner philharmonie and radial system v in berlin, and suntory hall in tokyo, to performances in the most vivid experimental places such as kule/labor sonor, ausland, quite cue, studio 8 and exploratorium in berlin, zaal 100 in amsterdam, and the knitting factory in new york.

critics:

“… wherein voutchkova, as she does on several occasions, speaks as she’s playing, in a low tone that’s indecipherable to me and all the more mysterious and beautiful for that. it’s a very simple idea, i suppose, but one that i find very strong and oddly moving.” brian olewnick/just outside, uk

“…throughout the evening it was in these quite and reflective sections where voutchkova created her moments of real magic.” asahi evening news, japan

“… this was yet another touch to the artistry of biliana, the ability to present sound image in a plastic way, the other side of its emotional nature…… communication in time, filled with screaming sounds of loneliness, is a big success. biliana vouchkova achieves it, with charm, musicality and intelligence, both as a devoted chamber musician and improviser with a strong faith in contemporary art, as numerous critics note.” kultura, bulgaria

“… not only terrific player , but also extremely personable human being…” boston globe, usa