"...j'admire fortement ces deux artistes d'un immense niveau international. J'ai pu constater des nombreuses fois chez eux une classe remarquable et un savoir faire exceptionnel. Leur contact avec le public est également très fort car, vu leur charisme, la Musique passe sans encombres. Je suis absolument certain que ce Duo est destiné à jouer un grande rôle dans le monde de concerts international...”
Aquiles Delle Vigne
Yordanova & Kyurkchiev created their ensemble in 2007, captivating the attention of the audience with profound ideas and poetic sensitivity. Numerous prizes at major International Competitions are evidence for their undeniable mastery:
1st "Absolute" Prize at the XXII "Roma" International Piano Competition (Italy)
1st Prize at the 15th "Torneo Internazionale di Musica" (TIM) International Music Competition (France)
2nd Prize at 2016 Chicago International Duo Piano Competition (USA)
"Folkwang Preis 2018" (Essen, Germany)
3rd Prize at the 5th International Piano Competition of the Republic of San Marino “Allegro Vivo”
3rd Prize at the XVIII "F.Schubert" International Piano Duo Competition (Czech Republic)
Two Special prizes at the 3rd International "S. Taneyev" Chamber Music Competition (Russia)
The Duo's debut CD "Synergy" with works of Brahms, Debussy, Rachmaninov and Scriabin, production of "M Music Records" Label was released in April, 2017 in Munich, Germany.
Some significant appearances include concerts in Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Serbia, Israel, USA, Russia and China. They have performed in Nichols Concert Hall in Chicago, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Xuzhou Concert Hall in China, National Theatre of Saint Charles in Lisbon, Swan Hall in the Sintra’s National Palace, Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow and other famous venues.
Antoniya and Ivan have been invited at renowned festivals like "Sintra Festival" in Sintra, Portugal, "Varna Summer" International Music Festival in Varna, Bulgaria, "Reger Musik Tage" Festival in Bayreuth, Germany, "Richard Strauss" Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany and others.
Yordanova & Kyurkchiev refined their ensemble under the influence of prominent mentors like duo Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen, Boyan Vodenitcharov and Georg Friedrich Schenck. Master classes have been taken with duo Yuval Admony & Tami Kanazawa, and with Emanuel Krasovsky, Aquiles Delle Vigne, Victor Derevianko, Ronan O'Hora and Sachiko Kodama.
The Duo holds Konzertexamen (Artistic Excellence Diplom) from Folkwang University of Arts in Essen/Germany as well as two Master degrees - as a duo from the University of Music and Performing Arts, Munich/Germany and as a soloists from Koninklijk Conservatorium, Brussels/Belgium.
Both pianists have also extensive individual experience and are frequently invited for different projects and collaborations. Some of their personal achievements are "Von Rauscher auf Weeg" award from Yehudi Menuhin's Foundation "Live Music Now"; Grand Prix at the "Evangelia Tjiarri" International Piano Competition, Cyprus; 1st Prize at the International Music Competition "Young Music Talents" (Sofia, Bulgaria); Special award at the "Peter de Gröte" International Music Festival (Groningen, Holland); laureate at the International “Citta di Stressa” Piano Competition (Stressa, Italy); "Talent of the Year" Bulgarian National award; "Peter Chernev" Bulgarian National award; Plenty of concert appearances in Europe. Master classes have been taken with Catherine Vickers, György Nádor, Ivry Gitlis, Yo-Yo Ma, Adrian Brendel, Tamara Poddubnaya, Boris Bloch, Paul Komen and John Kenneth Adams.
Yordanova & Kyurkchiev Duo's performances have been broadcasted on the Bavarian Radio, Tel - Aviv Radio, Bulgarian National Television, Bulgarian National Radio, San Marino Television Telepace, WFMT Chicago Radio and Vatican Radio.