Today we’d like to introduce you to Dorisiya Yosifova.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was captivated by the violin from a very early age, listening to my brother’s playing while growing up. I began playing when I was 5 years old, and my first solo debut came at the age of 7 with my hometown’s chamber orchestra in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. I always loved playing and was committed to pursuing a career in music and so in middle school, I began training at the National School of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria.
At the age of 15, as a freshman in high school, I won a full scholarship to the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California and left my home country to study in the US. When I first moved to Idyllwild, I did not know any English but thanks to welcoming teachers, mentors and friends, I was able to quickly catch up. By the time I graduated from Idyllwild, I had won multiple academic and music awards and had gained invaluable training as a violinist.
In 2015, I completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Oberlin Conservatory under the instruction of Gregory Fulkerson and Marilyn McDonald. Most recently (in December 2017), I earned a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from Boston Conservatory at Berklee. My primary instructors there included Lynn Chang and Rictor Noren.
I am currently focusing on my solo and chamber music career, performing at various local venues. I am also a member of a newly emerged Violin/Viola duo, Femme Fuoco, which will be making their debut later in March. In addition to performance, I am also an enthusiastic instructor and teach at multiple venues in the Boston area.
Please tell us about your art.
I am a violinist and a violin/viola instructor. I find inspiration in the music itself. I see music as a way to communicate with people in a way that is not possible with words.
There is a special, almost out-of-this-world quality to music in a live concert setting as each performance is always different than all others. Every performance is an intimate moment between the performer and their audience that cannot be replicated. A certain atmosphere is created that is unlike any other art.
I believe music has the ability to impact people’s lives in a positive way, and as such, I feel privileged to carry its message and pass it on to current and future students.
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
In today’s day and age, it is so easy to connect with others via social media. My advice is, don’t be shy to reach out to others and always remember that whenever you’re having a difficult time, you’re not alone! For me, connecting with other musicians’ Instagram accounts has helped me remember that I am only human and that perfection is not possible. While we should always strive for it, the most important thing is to keep doing what we do and remember why we started doing it in the first place. Hard work always pays off!
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My next upcoming performance is on March 25th at 3 pm at the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy, MA. See event here: http://www.eventkeeper.com/cham/ch_popevent.cfm?chamOrg=TCPL&EventID=5405163
I regularly post all my concerts and projects information on my website, as well as my Facebook Page.
If you’d like to support my work, please come see any of my and my duo’s concerts, and consider following my Facebook official page as well as my Instagram account.
- Website: https://dorisiyayosifovaviolin.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dyosifova_simmons/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dorisiyayosifovaviolin/
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