MILKA KRALEVA (CASTRO)
Violinist Milka Kraleva has performed as a soloist and a chamber music player throughout the US, as well as her native country Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Hungary, and other countries in Europe. Milka moved to the US in 2001 and she has been actively pursuing her carrier as a violin teacher, orchestra musician,
and a chamber music player.
While in Bulgaria, Milka was a member of the Bourgas Philharmonic Orchestra
and the Bourgas State Opera Orchestra for 25 years.
She also taught violin and had her own violin studio at the well known
Bourgas School of Music.
As a performer, Milka traveled around Europe for concerts, festivals and music courses. She was a participant for several years in the summer program of Accademia Chigiana, Siena,
Italy lead by the famous conductor Maestro Franco Ferrara.
Milka is currently a member of Modesto Symphony Orchestra, and often performs with Stockton Symphony, North State Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles in the area. She has had a private violin studio in Modesto for 8 years, and she is well known for her dedication to her students, personal attention and unconditional love and understanding for all of her students.
Milka is a member of the board of directors of the Music Teachers’ Association of California and she is actively seeking new ways of introducing violin to more students. As a chairman of V.O.C.E. (Vocalists, Orchestral instrumentalists, Chamber music, and Ensemble Competition) she is interested in finding ways to involve string players in new projects. Milka is constantly trying to find new opportunities for young violinists to perform, show their talent to the community, and participate in creative competition. She is a pedagogue who values quality and expects dedication, responsibility and professionalism from everyone.
For her, when one is studying the violin, he/she has to make it a priority.
Together with her experience as a classical musician, Milka is the creator of the first Bulgarian Publishing House “Sila I Jivot“ that was exclusively dedicated to the Bulgarian spiritual leader and philosopher Peter Deunov and his teaching. She was also the creator of the magazine “Sila I Jivot” and the first violinist to perform and record all of Peter Dounov’s music. Milka is not only a professional musician but an author of several books. The most recent one “The Master Peter Deunov, Life and Teachings” was published in three different languages, and it is still the only book that gives a clear understanding and true information about the phenomenon of Peter Deunov and his life.
Milka holds a Bachelors of Arts and a Master of Music Degrees in Music Education and Violin Pedagogy from “Pancho Vladigerov” Conservatory of Music, Sofia, Bulgaria. Among her teachers are:
Prof. Mihail Balkanski, Prof. Ivan Peev, and Dr. Alipi Naydenov.
BOGDANA MINDOV (KRASTEVA)
Violinist Bogdana Mindov has performed as a soloist and a chamber music player throughout the US and Italy, as well as her native country Bulgaria. After moving to the US she was awarded a full scholarship to pursue her BM degree at CSU Stanislaus. While attending the university she won the Aria/Concerto competition and performed Mendelssohn’s E minor violin concerto with
the Stanislaus Symphony Orchestra.
Together with her experience as an orchestra player with the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra, Modesto Symphony Orchestra, and Stockton Symphony, she was a concertmistress of the Philharmonia Orchestra at College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati and Stanislaus Symphony Orchestras. While in California, Bogdana has been awarded the Turlock Community Concert Association Scholarship and performed at the subsequent Young Artist Showcase.
Bogdana has also been awarded a scholarship to the International Chamber Music, Summer Arts Program in Florence, Italy organized by California State Universities. As a member of the chamber music festival, she performed with the Alexander String Quartet and other well known musicians.
Bogdana is currently interested in exploring new ways of introducing classical music to the general public and especially in creating projects and events involving collaboration of the different arts. Her interest in teaching culminated in her recent researches on violin pedagogy. She is also a certified teacher of the Sassmannshaus Tradition, a well known European violin method.
is successfully running O SOLE MIO Violin Studio in Modesto, CA where
she teaches the violin to students ages 5-18. She is also working with
the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and teaching at CSU Stanislaus.
Bogdana holds a Master of Music degree in violin performance from College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance and music education from CSU Stanislaus. Among her teachers are: Myriam Cottin-Rack, Won-Bin Yim,
Kurt Sassmanshaus, and Jassen Todorov.