Simona Donova — Flute • piano
In New York City
Areas of Work: Manhattan, Queens
Ages Taught: All Ages
Styles: Baroque, Romantic, Classical, Pop, Rock, Contemporary, Music Theory
Flute: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Piano: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Simona is a recent graduate from the Aaron Copland School of Music, based in New York City, where she studied with the legendary flutist and performer Judith Mendenhall. Simona began her career as a flutist at the age of ten in Varna, Bulgaria where she was born and raised. After relocating to the United States in 2010, Simona was actively performing while pursuing her music degree. She was a recipient of multiple prizes, some of which included First Prize Winner at the International Flute Competition in Volos, Greece, First Prize of the NAFTA Annual Competition in Arkansas, Winner of the University of Central Arkansas’ Concerto Competition, Winner of the Aaron Copland School of Music Concerto Competition, Nominated and awarded with the CAFTA Organization Award for Outstanding Musician of the Year, and Winner of the 2017 Bergen Philharmonic Concerto Competition. Simona has participated in numerous master classes throughout the United States and has studied under some of the most distinguished flute players, such as, Philippe Bernold, Paula Robinson, Mark Sparks, Paul-Edmund Davies, Keith Underwood, Ali Ryerson, Zoe Goode, Nadine Asin, Jonathan Keeble, Stefan Hoskuldsson, and her current teacher Judith Mendenhall. Simona was a participant at the Interlochen Summer Music Camp in Michigan, the ARIA Summer Music Academy in Massachusetts, the Hidden Valley Music Festival in California, the Miami Music Festival in Florida, and the Volos International Flute Convention in Greece. Simona has performed as a principal flutist in multiple orchestras in the United States, including the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, and the YPhil Symphony Orchestra just to name a few. Simona is an active performer in New York City and enjoys a colorful career working with versatile musicians. Her repertoire includes a variety of styles, such as classical, contemporary, jazz, latin and gospel music. A couple of Simona’s upcoming projects include a collaboration with the legendary jazz artists David Budway and Ali Ryerson, as well as a solo debut with the Bergen Philharmonic in New Jersey.
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