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Galina Vracheva Urech,

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg
The musical career of the Swiss pianist and composer with Bulgarian roots began at the age of five: she won a national competition as an accordion virtuoso. Thanks to her great talent, she was accepted as a piano student at the boarding school of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow at the age of 14 and trained there for five years. With a diploma in piano and composition, she completed her studies at the Sofia Conservatory and continued her education at the University of Music in Munich. 
 
Galina Vracheva was a winner of international competitions such as Senigallia 1978 and Maria Canals 1984, a guest professor of concert improvisation at the Tchaikovsky Institute in Kiev and gave lectures at numerous universities in Germany, Austria and Italy. From 2000 she taught master classes at the Amsterdam Conservatory and at the Mateau House near Bayreuth. She has recorded various CDs  and can be heard regularly on SRF2 Kultur, BR Klassik and Ö1 on the radio.  In Plovdiv in Bulgaria (the European Capital of Culture 2019), her homezown, she founded a youth orchestra, the Frank Martin Players, and the international music festival "Trimontiada". 
 
The pianist lives in Zurich and performs in concert halls and at festivals worldwide, plays piano concerts with renowned orchestras and conductors from Bach to Rachmaninov with ad hoc composed cadenzas and improvises regularly as part of her solo recitals. She has composed a chamber opera "The Gift of the Magi" and an opera about the composer Gottfried Keller.