Bulgarian pianist, Anna Petrova, is praised for her “artistic, clear and enlightened” performances [BBC Magazine.]
At her New York orchestral debut with conductor Philippe Entremont, Petrova was noted for her “ultra-smooth playing style”- New York Fine Arts Examiner. She is an Assistant Professor of Piano at University of Louisville, KY and performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician. In October 2018, Petrova was honored at the United Nations for her work with refugees around the globe through the Carr-Petrova Duo’s Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project; she was also chosen as one of America's leading "Creative Women" - subsequently appearing on the Sandi Klein Show "Conversations With Creative Women."
In the 2021 – 2022 season, Petrova will present solo performances with the Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra with Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto and conductor Jonathan Pasternack, as well as the Karel Husa Concertino with the UofL Wind Ensemble in Prague, Czech Republic. Her first solo album A Slavic Heart, featuring works by Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Vladigerov will be released on the Solo Musica label in Germany. Additionally, Petrova is working on a two-CD set of the complete piano sonatas of Russian composer Samuil Feinberg for NAXOS. She is the Artistic Director and piano professor of the Alberto Jonás International School of Music in Valencia, Spain and is on the faculty of Musical Arts Madrid, Spain.
Highlights of recent seasons include performances of Grieg Piano Concerto with the Louisville Orchestra and Roderick Cox, a recording of Stravinsky's Les Noces with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and conductor JoAnn Falletta, Virginia Arts Festival (NAXOS, 2016); a solo tour of China and Chile; performances of Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini and the Second Concerto, Prokofiev First and Third Piano Concertos, and the Beethoven Fourth Concerto and the Triple Concerto. At her return engagement with the Monterey Symphony Orchestra, CA, the Peninsula Reviews wrote: “There was a lot of vitality in her crisp playing […]bringing out in Petrova an impetuous excitement that stirred the audience to its feet!”- Lyn Bronson.
Prizewinner of numerous international competitions, including the José Roca (Spain), Bösendorfer (Bulgaria) and Maria Yudina (Russia), Petrova was a semifinalist at the Queen Elizabeth International Piano Competition in Belgium, where she performed as a soloist with the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia under Paul Goodwin. Other conductors she has worked with include Max Bragado-Darman, Bruno Aprea, Ramón Tébar, and Francisco Valero – Terribas.
She has given solo recitals in halls such as Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Brussels’ Conservatoire Royal, Chicago’s Preston Bradley Hall, Vienna’s Bösendorfer Hall, Auditorio Ciudad de Leon, Spain and Palau de la Musica Valencia, Spain.
Her performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio Performance Today, New York’s WQXR, Chicago’s WFMT, and Bulgarian National Radio and Television.
A passionate chamber musician, Petrova is a member of two ensembles: the award-winning viola-piano Carr-Petrova Duo and the clarinet-viola-piano Iris Trio.
In the 2019-2020 season the Carr-Petrova Duo and Iris Trio released debut albums to critical acclaim. The Carr-Petrova Duo’s “Novel Voices” album was chosen by Spain’s Classical Music Magazine “Ritmo” as one of their “Top 10 CDs of the Month” hailing the duo’s performance of the Rebecca Clarke Sonata as “the best interpretation of this sonata to date.” Fanfare Magazine listed the album as “magical” and a “recording to have and hold dear, [...] one of the most compelling and successful viola and piano recitals - technically perfect and musically involving.” In February 2020, the Iris Trio released "Hommage and Inspiration" on Coviello Classics label, Germany. The album was hailed by Fanfare as "superb [...] a five-star stand-out release, writ large with the spirit of chamber music," and was chosen by CBC as one of its "Top 10 Classical Albums to Get Excited About."
Petrova holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Manhattan School of Music, where her main teachers have been Horacio Gutiérrez and André-Michel Schub.