Yoanna Prodanova

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2017

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Cello

Location: Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Cellist Yoanna Prodanova was born in 1992 in Varna, Bulgaria. Recipient of the 2016 Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Artists, she performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the UK, Europe and Canada. Solo performances include Dvorak with the Amati Orchestra and Elgar with the Westmount Youth Orchestra, as well as concerts with the Dobrich Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia de Lanaudiere, Quebec. Future engagements include concerti with the Banbury Symphony Orchestra and the Surrey Philharmonic Orchestra. As a recitalist, she has appeared in the Barbican Hall and Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur (Montreal) among others.

Yoanna holds a Bachelor degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied with Louise Hopkins and is currently pursuing her postgraduate studies as a Leverhulme Arts Scholar in the same institution learning with Rebecca Gilliver and Richard Lester. She also holds a Diplome d’etudes superieures from the Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique de Montreal where she has studied with Denis Brott. She has attended the IMS Prussia Cove, the Music Academy of the West, the Banff Centre, Centre d’arts Orford and the Kronberg Academy Festival where she has worked with Ferenc Rados, Janos Starker,Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Paul Katz, Colin Carr, Raphael Wallfisch and Laurence Lesser.

As a chamber musician, Yoanna has collaborated with musicians like Raphael Wallfisch, Richard Raymond and Laura Roberts and regularly performs in duo with award winning pianist Mihai Ritivoiu. She is also the cellist of the Barbican quartet which made its Wigmore Hall in 2017 and has undertaken residencies at the Mozarteum Salzburg, Pro Quartet Port-Royal and Aldeburgh. They are also Park Lane Group artists and winners of the 2016 Maisie Lewis Award, the Guildhall School Quartet Prize and the Belcea quartet Charitable Trust scheme.

Yoanna plays on a Frank Ravatin cello kindly offered to her by the Canimex Foundation, Québec and a Francois Malo bow purchased with the generous help of the Wolfson Foundation. She is grateful to the Guildhall School Trust, Help Musicians UK and the John Yearly Trust for their generous support.