Bozhana Pavlova

Bulgaria/Austria

Bozhana Pavlova was born in Pleven, Bulgaria. From 2003 to 2008 she studied guitar at the National Music School “Ljubomir Pipkov” in Sofia with Prof. Stolina Dobreva. After that she became a student at Conservatory Vienna Private University in the class of Prof. Jorgos Panetsos. In 2015 she finished in excellence her Master’s degree in classical guitar. In addition, Bozhana has studied pedagogics for guitar at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna with Prof. Walter Würdinger and now she is continuing her second Master’s degree in the class of Prof. Adriano Del Sal.
Bozhana is a laureate of a number of guitar competitions in Italy, Croatia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, Montenegro and Germany – 1st Prize at Pleven Guitar Festival 2015, 2nd Prize (1st not awarded) at Sarajevo International Guitar Festival, 2nd Prize at Niksic Guitar Festival 2014, 1st  Prize at the international competition “Giovani Musicisti – Città di Treviso” 2013 in Italy for classical guitar and 3rd Prize in the category for contemporary music,
2nd Prize at Omis Guitar Fest 2013, 3rd Prize at International Guitar Competition, Tirana 2013 and 3rd Prize at International Guitar Competition in Niksic 2013. In 2012 she won a special prize “Fernando Sor” for best interpretation of a classical piece in Erwitte, Germany. In the same year she was a finalist at Forum Gitarre Wien. In 2011 she won the first prize at the international competition “Young Virtuosos” in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has given concerts in Hungary, Great Britain, Austria, Bulgaria and China and has invitations for masterclasses and concerts at Zeillern Music Seminar, Austria, 2nd International Summer Academy N. Moudania, Greece and “Days of the classical Guitar” in Sofia, Bulgaria. She is teaching at the Joseph-Fux-Conservatory in Graz.
Bozhana received grants for high artistic achievements from the Austrian Federal Ministry for education, arts and culture (2014); Conservatory Vienna Private University (2013); University for Music and Performing Arts, Vienna (2012) and the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture (2006).
She attended masterclasses of David Russell, Aniello Desiderio, Carlo Marchione, Marcin Dylla, Olaf Van Gonnissen, Ivo Kaltchev, Dale Kavanagh, George Vassilev, Hopkinson Smith, Gerhard Reichenbach and many others.
Bozhana is playing with strings for classical guitar by ‘’Hannabach’’.