Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova has a knack for drawing out the tranquility and atmosphere in any instrument she works with.
Her iridescent pieces for piano, strings, choir and orchestra play on the strengths of each, drawing out sublime harmonies and multi-layered sound every time.
Ear-marked for great things from a young age, Dobrinka received the Jean-Frédéric Perrenoud Prize at the Fourth Vienna International Music Competition when she was just 14.
But the accolades didn’t stop there. She’s consistently challenged the antagonistic principles the avant garde classical movement, gathering awards as she goes.
Her talent for smothering genre restrictions in tuneful intuition has also led to commissions from BBC Radio 3, Cheltenham Music Festival, Britten Sinfonia, Three Choirs Festival, Wigmore Hall and the PRS for Music Foundation’s first UK New Music Biennial in 2014.
Commissioned by The Royal Philharmonic Society, Dobrinka’s piece for New Music Biennial takes the composer’s youthful classical music out of the concert hall and in to Ruth Paxton’s bold film-making.
Pulse is a film about the energy and diversity of life in a modern city, and will be accompanied by a live performance of Dobrinka’s score. It receives its premiere in London on 6 July at Queen Elizabeth Hall
On 16 August, Dobrinka’s Spinning a Yarn for violin and hurdy-gurdy will be performed by the Aurora Orchestra in a late night Prom.
This September, she begins a two year residency with the Stratford-upon-Avon based Orchestra of the Swan, a partnership which will culminate with a large scale work for the 400th Shakespeare anniversary in 2016.