Flutist Simona Donova has performed and toured internationally across the United States and Europe in over 250 concerts as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player, including representing her native Bulgaria on stage at Carnegie Hall in front of 3,000 people. She is a creative chameleon who can adapt to a wide range of musical settings from performing with gospel bands, gamelan ensembles (on a bamboo flute) to leading a jazz duo and using extended techniques in the avant-garde music of George Crumb.
She has won top prizes in numerous international music competitions including First Prize at “Flute Meeting” International Flute Competition (Greece), Honorable Prize at Slavsja Glinka International Music Festival (Russia), and “Outstanding Musician of the Year” Award by the Conway Alliance for the Arts Music Organization (USA).
Simona’s past projects include collaborations with legendary jazz pianist David Budway and renowned beatboxing flute Greg Pattillo. Upcoming performances include her solo concerto debut with the Bergen Philharmonic (NJ) and a contemporary music project that incorporates Bulgarian folk rhythms and dances.
Ms. Donova is based in both Bulgaria and New York City. She currently serves on faculty at Astoria Art House Music Conservatory and Galliard School of Music in New York City. She holds a Master of Music degree from Aaron Copland School of Music (NYC) with additional training at University of Vienna (Austria) and is grateful to her former and current teachers Judith Mendenhall, Bart Feller, Helen Campo, and Dr. Carolyn Brown.