An active performer and teacher in Northern Virginia, Ina Mirtcheva has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States and abroad, notably the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institution, Prösels Castle in northern Italy, and recital halls in Holland, Poland, Bulgaria and Canada. Ina Radeva Mirtcheva started playing the piano in her native Bulgaria when she was five years old. At age 6 she was selected as a young promising artist and performed in a national radio broadcast. From 1st to 9th grade she attended L. Pipkov Music School in Sofia, Bulgaria studying piano with Krasimir Karadimchev as well as solfege, music theory, music history, chamber music and accompanying.
In 1998 she moved to the United States and was part of the honors program at Levine School of Music. Under Dr. Anna Balakerskaia at George Mason University, she earned both B.M. and M.M in piano performance. From 2006-2008, she attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) on a full graduate scholarship and assistantship, earning an M.M. in Collaborative Piano under James Tocco and Sandra Rivers.
Ms. Mirtcheva has won several honors for her work, including the Strathmore Hall Award, the Peterson Award, and the J. C. Cook Scholarship. She is also the grateful recipient of scholarship awards received from the School of Music and from the Dr. Linda Apple Monson Music Endowment Fund. During the summers of 2003 and 2004 Ms. Mirtcheva and her trio D’Anciana were Fellowship Artists at the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar in San Francisco, CA. Ms. Mirtcheva has also participated in the Interharmony International Music Festivals in Soesterberg, Netherlands in their 2003 and 2004 season and the Berkshires in Pittsfield, MA in 2007. In 2008 Ina Mirtcheva was a Collaborative pianist at the CCM Opera, Theatre and Music Festival in Lucca, Italy on a full scholarship. In 2007 Ina Mirtcheva won the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Best Collaborative Artist Award and in 2009 won the Schlern International Solo Competition. She was also the College Division Concerto Competition winner of VMTA in 2009.
She appeared as a collaborative pianist with Patrick Hanudel at ClarinetFest 2010 in Austin, Texas. Ina Mirtcheva was also a GMU Concerto Competition winner in 2011. Most recently she won 2nd place in the 2011 Liszt-Garrison International Competition in the Collaborative Duo Division with the violinist Brendan Conway.
Ina Mirtcheva has performed in master classes as a soloist and in chamber music groups for prominent musicians such as Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Julliard String Quartet, American String Quartet, Jupiter Trio, Thomas Schumacher, Jeremy Menuhin, Amernet String Quartet, Jeffrey Siegel. As a collaborative artist Ina Mirtcheva has been a part of Ovations Summer Camp, Flutopia, and is regularly accompanying for various competitions in the area such as the NSO, Feuer and Bland. Ina Mirtcheva is a Collaborative Artist at the Orfeo International Summer Festival in Vipiteno, Italy.
Ina Mirtcheva is also involved in promoting new music. In addition to premiering new works by student composers at CCM and GMU she is part of FUSE ensemble. She also organizes Composer’s Week at Mason, which features the 24 hour challenge concert.
Ina received her Doctorate from George Mason University, where she teaches keyboard skills classes and accompanies for the vocal department. She also teaches piano, chamber music and piano classes for Adults 55+ at the Potomac Arts Academy. Her dissertation will focus on the life and music of Isaac Mikhnovsky and specifically his opera transcriptions.