Tzenka Dianova

B.A., M.A. (Sofia, Bulg.); M.Mus (UVic); DMA (New Zealand)

Hailed by the press as a “pianistic phenomenon”, Tzenka Dianova began her musical education in her native Bulgaria, at the age of three.

Her piano studies include: Magister of Arts from the State Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria, with Marina Kapatzinskaya; diploma from the Summer Music Academy in Salzburg, with Dmitri Bashkirov; MMus from UVic, with Bruce Vogt; and Doctor of Musical Arts from Auckland University, with Tamas Vesmas.

Some of Dr. Dianova’s area of specialization are: 20th century classical music; extended piano techniques; stage performance and overcoming performance anxiety; piano technique of the Russian Piano School.

Teaching has always been Tzenka’s passion. During her studies in Bulgaria, she frequently assisted her piano professors. In New Zealand, she taught at both Auckland University and the Academy of Music. Here, in Victoria, Dr. Dianova has taught piano lessons and masterclasses at UVic. Her present studio is based at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

Along with teaching, orchestral piano is another of Tzenka’s main focuses. In 2006, she was appointed principal pianist with the Auckland Philharmonia; after her return to Victoria in 2007, Tzenka has worked with the Victoria Symphony, of which she has been the principal keyboard player since 2011.

Tzenka’s current teaching approach crystallized over many years, while she had the opportunity to experience the teaching methods of the German, Russian, and French piano schools. She believes in an individual approach, in discovering each student’s strengths and developing them gradually, with the ultimate goal of freedom of musical expression, unhampered by fears, self-consciousness, and technical difficulties.