Faculty

Maria Radicheva

Violin (College & Precollege)

Described by Yehudi Menuhin as “an artist of outstanding and exceptional talent,” violinist Maria Radicheva has received critical acclaim and accolades as a recitalist, guest soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician. She has appeared in major concert halls worldwide as well as at summer festivals including Aspen and Marlboro.

A noted pedagogue, Ms. Radicheva is frequently invited to adjudicate competitions and to conduct violin and chamber music master classes in the U.S. and abroad. Many of her students are top prizewinners of international and U.S. competitions. Her faculty affiliations have included Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Montclair State University–John J. Cali School of Music, and the NYU Steinhardt School of Music. She is on the Manhattan School of Music College, Precollege, and Chamber Music faculties.

A strong supporter of new music, Ms. Radicheva has recorded an album of all four sonatas for violin and piano by Bulgarian composer Parashkev Hadjiev. She gave the U.S. premiere of his second sonata, reviewed by Musical America as “a sparkling North American premiere,” as well as the world premiere of his third and fourth sonatas, works that were written especially for her. Ms. Radicheva has recorded for the Balkanton and Musical Heritage Society. She has appeared on numerous occasions on radio and television, including on New York’s classical music radio station WQXR, Radio France International, and Bulgarian Radio and Television.

Among her many other awards are the Premiere Prix Diploma from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Dame Myra Hess Trust Award. Ms. Radicheva was awarded the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts, Honoris Causa, by the National Music Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Ms. Radicheva is on the board of music organizations and foundations that support young artists, such as the InterSchool Orchestra of New York Advisory Council, and since 1998 has been on the International Advisory Board of the Music and Earth International Competition for instrumentalists and composers.

A performance in Paris by Ms. Radicheva at a young age was heard by Nadia Boulanger, who said, “The performance of Maria Radicheva made a great impression. She enabled us to appreciate her technique as well as her sensitivity and intelligence…in a word, a violinist of real quality.” Following her debut recital while still at Juilliard, Ms. Radicheva was cited by Musical America as a “Young artist of the year” and a “talent to watch.”

Maria Radicheva calls among her mentors Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Henryk Szeryng, and Yfrah Neaman. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School as a full scholarship recipient where she studied with Dorothy DeLay, Felix Galimir, and the Juilliard String Quartet.

Manhattan School of Music College faculty since 2005 and Precollege faculty since 2001.