Roumena Georgieva, Director of the Atlanta University Centerwide Orchestra, Violin
Dr. Roumena Georgieva is an accomplished violinist with an international reputation. At the age of 23, she won a concertmaster position with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra. She also held the position of concertmaster and soloist with the Ladies’ Chamber Orchestra, and toured many times with both orchestras in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, and other countries. She has performed many times with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Varna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Russe Philharmonic Orchestra and other major symphony orchestras. As a soloist, she has toured and performed in Rome, Milan, Berlin, Leipzig, Thessalonica, and other cities. Since her arrival in the United States, she has performed as Assistant Concertmaster with the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra and the Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra in Chicago, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra in Paducah, Kentucky, the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and as a Concertmaster with the Georgia State University Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta. She has been a member of many chamber ensembles including the String Quartet of the National Academy of Music, Bulgaria, the String Quartet of the National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Bulgaria, the String Quartet of the New Conservatory of Thessalonica, Greece, and the Violin Duo, Piano Quartet, and neoPhonia New Music Trio Ensemble at Georgia State University. Her solo recitals with piano include recent performances at Lake Forest College in Chicago, Illinois, Reinhardt College in North Georgia, Georgia State University, Emory University, and Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Her performances in 2004, 2006 and 2011 with the Spelman College Glee Club have been seen on broadcast television, and her performance for the 2013 Allen Awards was seen on AIB TV. Since 2008, Dr. Georgieva has performed with Americolor Opera, founded and directed by Dr. S. Willis. Her community performances include Thanksgiving concerts for senior citizens at the “Ruth Reed” home, and many performances at Hillside International Chapel and various churches in the Atlanta area.
Dr. Georgieva’s awards include the prestigious Grand Prize for Young Bulgarian Violinists, First Prize in the “P. Vladigerov” National Competition for voice and instrument, Special Prize in the National Chamber Competition, and First Prize in orchestra competition for Bulgarian Music Performance.
Her career as a performer is combined with a distinguished teaching career. Dr. Georgieva started teaching violin in 1978 as an Adjunct Professor at the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria, and continued on the faculty there until 1990. That same year she accepted a position at the New Conservatory of Thessalonica, Greece, which was the starting point of her international recognition as a violin professor. Since arriving in the United States she has taught at Elmhurst College, Reinhardt College, Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, and Morehouse College. In 2005, Dr. Georgieva received an invitation to become Director of the Atlanta University Centerwide Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta. This orchestra is comprised of students from Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College. She also currently teaches violin, viola, and chamber music at Clark Atlanta University and Spelman College using the innovative Alexander Technique. In September 2007 Dr. Georgieva published her book Method and Methodology of Violin Training in the Beginning of the 21st Century. The book is designed for the instructor who is teaching violin at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Dr. Georgieva holds a PhD in Musicology and Musical Art from the National Academy of Music, Sofia, Bulgaria; a Master of Music Performance from Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia; Master of Music and Art from the National Academy of Music, Sofia, Bulgaria, and a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the Professional School of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has taken master classes with Yehudi Menuhin, Henryk Szering, David Oistrach, Leonid Cogan, Sergei Krilov, Vladimir Spivakov, Shlomo Minz, Niccolas Szabadi, and William Preucil.
Dr. Georgieva has three children: son Peter and twin daughters Georgiana and Nedda.