Music Festival in Kovachevitsa, Bulgaria

Piano — August 7-15th, 2024
Violin and Cello — August 13-20th, 2024
Deadline for registration — July 1st, 2024
Deadline for deposit payment — June 11th, 2024
Music Festival
in Kovachevitsa,
Bulgaria
Piano — August 7-15th, 2024
Violin and Cello — August 13-20th, 2024
Deadline for registration:
July 1st, 2024
Deadline for deposit payment:
June 11th, 2024

How would you like to spend splendid time in the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria?

We invite you to experience the life, traditions, food and the Music, of course, in a hidden treasure of Bulgaria, ancient village of Kovachevitsa, where many artists, painters, writers and musicians found a refuge from the hustles of big industrial cities.
Our Festival will open it's doors from August 7 to 15 (Piano) and August 13 to 20 (Violin and Cello) to participants of all age groups.
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Kovachevitsa is a village in Garmen Municipality, in Blagoevgrad Province, Bulgaria
Geography
The village is situated in the Dabrash part of the Rhodope Mountains in the steep valley of the Kanina river, 9 kilometers north of Garmen, 71 kilometers southeast of Blagoevgrad and 119 kilometers southeast of Sofia.
History
The village was founded by refugees from different villages, who tried to escape the Ottoman assimilation in the 17th century. The isolated location and the fresh water supply were the most important factors in this process. The village has never had Ottoman administration, therefore it preserved the Bulgarian traditions.

St. Nicholas' church was built in 1847 and a bell-tower was built in 1900. The church has been designated as a national cultural monument.

The first school was founded in 1820 and run by priests. In 1854, a secular school was founded. The school moved to a new two-story house in 1888. Nowadays the school is no longer operating because the lack of children; the building is preserved as a museum.
Architecture
The architecture of the houses is original and unique. Most of them were built in the second half of the 19th century, but there are also new houses, built in the same style. The village was designated an "Architectural and Historical Reserve of National Importance" in 1977. Many Bulgarian movies have been filmed there.
There are many guest-houses and restaurants in the traditional style. The village itself is not the only place of interest. There are many natural sites in the Rhodopes and in the valley of the Kanina river. Tourists can visit Leshten – another historical village in the area - as well as the Natural reserve "Temnata gora" and many other places in Garmen Municipality.

Festival Dates and Fee

Piano — August 7-15th, 2024.
Violin and Cello — August 13-20th, 2024.
Tuition and Observers packages are available:
Tuition
1250€
  • Accommodations
  • Three meals a day in a superb Family restaurant
  • Three lessons (two with your Professor and one with Professor Oxana Yablonskaya)
  • Master Class
  • Performing in concerts
  • Festival Competition
  • Day of activities
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Observer
625€
  • Accommodations
  • Three meals a day in a superb Family restaurant
  • Concert tickets
  • Attendance of lessons and Master Classes
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Accommodation

These are photos of houses for students and their parents.
Kovachevitsa, Bulgaria

Professors

Professors from around the world participate in the Festival.
Piano Faculty:
Piano
Professor Emeritus Juilliard School of Music NY, Professor of Piano Faculty Academy of Music and Dance Jerusalem
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Piano Technical Clinic
Alexander Volchonok
Master Technician with 45 years of concert piano preparation in worlds renown concert halls.
Piano
Recipient of Naxos Records' Choice for "Best Artist" and "Top Album". Currently residents and teaches in Budapest, Hungary.
Piano
A laureate of international competitions, she has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Italy, Austria, Russia, Israel, and the United Kingdom.
Piano
Anastasia’s engagements include three solo recitals at Carnegie Hall and twice at the Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, as well as performances in Europe, USA, and Japan.
Piano
Svetlana Vest
Pianist
M.A
Student of Prof. Ilya Friadman, Senior Professor at the Red See Music Center, Israel
Piano
Performed in Austria, Germany, England, Bulgaria, France and the Netherlands.
Violin and Cello Faculty:
Violin
Professor of Violin Tel Aviv Buchman-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, Professor of Valencia Music Academy, Spain
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Cello/Conducting (realize your dream and study conducting for amateurs)
Professor of Cello and Chamber Music Tel Aviv Buchman-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, Professor of Valencia Music Academy, Spain, Grammy Nominated Conductor
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Registration for the Festival

Deadline for registration — July 1st, 2024
Deadline for deposit payment — June 11th, 2024
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Registration
for the Festival

Deadline for registration:
July 1st, 2024
Deadline for deposit payment:
June 11th, 2024
By clicking on the button, you consent to the processing of personal data and agree to the privacy policy.

Deposit payment

Deadline for deposit payment — June 11th, 2024.
You can pay the deposit using the bank details listed below:
BANK: Unicredit Bulbank, 3 Pirin str., Bansko, Bulgaria 2770.
NAME ON THE ACCOUNT: Alexander Volchonok
IBAN: BG39UNCR70001523854236
SWIFT: UNCRBGSFXXX

Deadline for payment of the tuition balance (1000€) — July 1st, 2024.

If you have any difficulties, please contact us via email:
yminstitute2023@gmail.com