A whirlwind at the piano, a sensitive musician with excellent technical skills and phenomenal pianistic expression — this is how the young pianist is celebrated both by critics of the Wiener Zeitung and Luzerner Zeitung as well as by renowned musicians such as the Artemis Quartet.
Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Donka Angatcheva Maraszto made her debut as a soloist with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of ten. A pupil of Maria and Diana Slavova as well as Milena Mollova (a student of Emil Gilels), Angatcheva won numerous awards at international piano competitions from an early age.
She completed her studies with Heinz Medjimorec, a member of the Haydn Trio, at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Angatcheva’s artistic development was heavily influenced by master classes with musicians such as Ludmil Angelov, Boris Romanov, Catherine Vickers, Peter Efler, Tiny Wirtz and Oxana Yablonskaya. During her studies Angatcheva received numerous awards at music competitions and was an active member of Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now Foundation for highly talented musicians.
Angatcheva was also the face of Steinway’s advertising campaign on Austria’s Pro7 television channel and is regularly invited to perform for television including for ORF, Servus TV and Art CH. Her debut solo CD for Global Private Equity with works by Chopin was presented in Paris and Vienna by Radio Stephansdom.
She performs frequently with her ensemble, Trio d’Ante, including at Vienna’s Musikverein in 2006 and 2010. Angatcheva also performed together with the Ecuador Philhamornic Orchestra in Quito and held a piano master class at the Franz Liszt Music Conservatory in Quito. Angatcheva completed her chamber music studies at the Queen Elizabeth Music Conservatory in Brussels, where she studied with the Artemis Quartet. Together with Trio d’Ante, Angatcheva has recorded several CDs with works by Piazzolla, Enrique Arbós, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich for the Gramola label in Vienna, each receiving the “CD of the Week” award by Austria’s Ö1 Radio.