CURRICULUM VITAE

Anna-Maria Ravnopolska-Dean

Adj. Associate Professor of Music, Harpist

American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad 2700, Bulgaria

tel.: (359)2 958 3375 fax: (359)73 80828

 

E-mail: amrdean@aubg.bg

Educational Background and Degrees

PhD, New Bulgarian University, Sofia, 2002
Artist Diploma, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1991
M. M. with distinction, Bulgarian State Conservatory, Sofia, 1982
Major harp teachers: Susann McDonald, Liana Pasquali

Instruments

Pedal Harp, Paraguayan Harp, Piano, Kantele, Accordion, Guitar

Languages

Bulgarian, English, Italian, Russian, Spanish

Professional Engagements

Division of Arts and Humanities, American University in Bulgaria, 1991 - present
Artist-in-Residence, North Carolina Arts Council, 1991 - 1993
Pre-College Harp Department, Indiana University, 1989 - 1991
Harp Instructor, National Music School, Sofia, 1982 - 1989
Principal harpist, Vratza Philharmonic, 1982 - 1985

Competitions and awards

"Susann McDonald Harp Scholarship" for the 1990-91 school year
East-West Artist Debut Competition, New York, 1990
Indiana University Fee Waiver, Fall 1989
Indiana University Foundation Award, Spring 1989
Tenth International Harp Contest in Israel, 1988
Munich International Competition, Germany, 1983
"Marie-Antoinette Cazala Harp Competition", Gardgilesse, France, 1980
Indiana Universty Foundation Award, Spring 1989
Indiana University Fee Waiver, Fall 1989
Sofia State Conservatory Scholarships for high grade point average, 1978-1982 (during the whole period of my studies there)

Major Solo Concerts and Broadcasts

Festival of New Bulgarian music, Sofia 2007

Soloist with Philip Koutev Choir, Sofia Music Week 2007

Flute and Harp Recital with Lydia Oshavkova, Blagoevgrad 2006

Haiku Recital, Sofia 2005

Festival of New Bulgarian music, Sofia 2006

Author’s Recital, AUBG Fall 2005

Concert dedicated to the 90th anniversary of D. Sagaev Sofia 2005

Festival of New Bulgarian music, Sofia 2005

Festival of New Bulgarian music, Sofia 2004

Solo recital with Shoumen Philharmony, Fall 2004

Solo with Sofia Quartet, Fall 2004

Solo recital in Sevlievo, Spring 2004

Solo Christmas recital: chamber music, solos

with orchestra, Pernik, 2003

Christmas concert with vocal ensemble “Tutti Soli”, Sofia 2003

Four Etudes (1,2,3, and 4), Dimiter Christoff, solo harp, recorded for Bulgarian National Radio, Sofia 2003

National TV 2003, Concert with Ventzislav Kindalov, flute

International HarpCon, Bloomington, Indiana 2003

International Festival of Arts, National palace of Culture, Sofia 2003

Festival of New Bulgarian music, Sofia 2003

American Music Week, Sofia 2002

World Harp Congress, Geneva 2002

International Music Festival, Killington, Vermont 2002

International Music Festival, Plovdiv, Bulgaria 2002

International Festival of Arts, National Palace of Culture, Sofia 2002 Festival of New Bulgarian music, Sofia 2002

American Music Week, Sofia 2001

Salle "Poirell", Nancy 2001

Radio RFI 2001

TV 2001, Solo programme, 2001

American Music Week, Sofia 2000

Radio Free Europe (Classic FM in Sofia), 2000

Radio RFI 2000

"Gasteig" Concert Hall, Munich, 2000

March Musical Days Festival, Rousse, 2000

American Music Week, Sofia 1999

Prague World Harp Congress, 1999

Apollonia Arts Festival, Sozopol, 1999

American Anthology, Solo with Ensemble “Orchestral”, 1998

Spring Artfest, Blagoevgrad, 1998

American Music Week, Sofia 1998

Radio City New York, 1998

Romantic Evenings with the Harp II, National Palace of Culture, Sofia 1998

Spring Festival of the Fine Arts, AUBG, 1998

Music from the time of Goethe, National Palace of Culture, 1997

The Romantic Harp, Bulgarian National TV series, 1997 - present

Opera Favorites, Spring Festival of the Fine Arts, AUBG, 1997

Romantic Evenings with the Harp I, National Palace of Culture, Sofia 1997

Soloist with Northwest Sinfonietta, Seattle-Tacoma, 1996

Radio Free Europe (Classic FM in Sofia), 1996

150th Birthday of G. Faure, National Palace of Culture, 1995

In Memoriam of Stefan Ikonomov, Solo with Symphony Orchestra, Sofia 1995

Soloist with Ensemble Orchestral and Dimov Quartet, 1995

Spanish Music, National Palace of Culture, Sofia 1994

The Romantic Harp, Solo Recital, Sofia University, Aula, 1994

Skopie Summer Festival, Macedonia, 1994

Solo Recital, French Classics, AUBG, 1993

Copenhagen World Harp Congress, 1993

Solo Recital, Pirin Hall, Blagoevgrad, 1992

Poetic Recital with Joseph Surchadjiev, Bulgarian National TV, 1992

New York debut, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, 1992

Spanish music, Solo Recital, Sofia 1992

Solo Recital, “Bulgaria” Chamber Hall, 1992

Solo Recital, Sofia University, Aula, 1991

WQXR Radio, New York, 1991

Artist Diploma Recital, Indiana University, June 1991

Artist Diploma Recital, Indiana University, April 1991

Artist Diploma Recital, Indiana University, February 1991

Artist Diploma Recital, Indiana University, October 1990

Artist Diploma Recital, Indiana University, April 1990

Solo Recital, Union of Bulgarian Musicians, 1987

Vienna, World Harp Congress, 1987

Solo Recital, “Oborishte” Hall, Sofia 1985

Major Chamber Concerts

American Music Week, Sofia 2003

Chamber Orchestra ”Orpheus”, Sofia 2002

American Music Week, Sofia 2002

American Music Week, Sofia 2001

American Music Week, Sofia 2000

American Music Week, Sofia 1999

American Music Week, Sofia 1998

Music from the time of Goethe, AUBG Chamber Concerts, 1997

El Amor Brujo, Concierto, Sala del Club Militar de Sofia, 1997

Chamber Evenings with the Harp, National Palace of Culture, March 1996

Chamber Evenings with the Harp, National Palace of Culture, December 1995

Chamber Evenings with the Harp, National Palace of Culture, October 1995

Impressionist Chamber Music, 120th Birthday of M. Ravel, AUBG, 1995

Skopie Summer Festival, Macedonia, 1994

French Classics, AUBG, 1993

Spanish Music, Sofia 1992

Memberships

American String Teacher's Association, 1991 - present

American Harp Society, 1990 - present

World Harp Congress, Bulgarian correspondent to the WHC Review, 1981 - present

Partial Repertoire List: Works premiered in Bulgaria, US, world premieres also noted, in chronological order

(solo harp unless instrumentation indicated)

Harris Trio, flute, viola, harp (1981)

Spohr Variations (1983)

Faure Impromptu (1983)

Faure Une Chatlaine (1983)

Renie Legende (1983)

Tailleferre Sonata (1983)

Farkas/Pasquali Hungarian Dances (1984)

Scarlatti Sonatas (1986)

Granados/Ravnopolska Valses poeticos (1987, BNTV 1999)

M. Franck Suite (1987, world premiere CD, 1998)

Ben Heim Poeme (1988)

Spohr Fantasy (1991)

Alvars Mandolin (1991)

Alvars Bulgarian Dance (1991)

Tournier Feerie with string orchestra (1992)

Tournier Images 4 (1992)

Tournier Images 3 (1992)

Jongen Waltz (Bulgarian National TV, 1992)

Albeniz/McDonald Saragoza (1992)

Albeniz/McDonald Asturias (1992)

Smetana Vltava (1992, BNTV, 1999)

Albeniz/McDonald Malaguena (1992, BNTV 1999))

Albeniz/McDonald Saragoza (1992)

Granados/Ravnopolska Orientale, Andaluza Playera for cello and harp (1992)

Pironkoff Three Pieces (NY, 1992)*

Bach/Pasquali Partita, BWV1006A (1992, US premiere in 1990)

Francisque Pavane et Bransles (1992)

Damase Concertino (first performance in BG, version for harp and quartet, 1993)

Renie Andante religioso, cello and harp (1994)

Duport Nocturne concertante for cello and harp (1994)

Gounod/Zabel Faust, fantasy (1994)

Tchaikovsky/KhuneEvgeni Onegin, fantasy (1994, BNTV 1999)

da Falla Spanish Dance no. 5 from La vida breve (1994)

Donizetti/Alvars Lucia di Lammermoor, fantasy (1994, BNTV 1997)

Harrison Suite for cello and harp (1994)

Castelnuovo-Tedesco Sonata for cello and harp (1995)

Albeniz/Ravnopolska Granada (1995) Tournier Nocturne, cello and harp (1995)

Shaposhnikov Sonata, flute and harp (1995)

Persichetti Serenade no. 10, flute and harp (first complete performance in BG, 1995)

Ravel/Ravnopolska Pavane, (1995)

Petra-Basacopol Jungle Book Suite (1995)

Ortiz Ecuador (1996), paraguayan harp

Ortiz Llano (1996), paraguayan harp

Ortiz La Guabina (1996), paraguayan harp

Ortiz Paraguayan Dance (1996), paraguayan harp

trad./Schubert El Parranderro (1996), paraguayan harp

trad/Ravnopolska La Bamba (1996), paraguayan harp

Gershwin/Ravnopolska Rhapsody in Blue (1996)

Gershwin/Ravnopolska Summertime (1996)

Gershwin/Schubert The Man I Love (1996)

Gershwin/Pool Fascinatin rhythm (1996)

Gershwin/Rado, Ravnopolska Embraceable You (1996, BNT 1997)

Joplin/Ravnopolska Strenuous Life (1996)

Salzedo Rumba, Seguidilla, Deep River (1996)

Thuong Metamorposis for harp, flute, cello (1996)

Ikonomoff Pastorale and Dance(US premiere, harp and orchestra, 1996)

Debussy from Children's Corner Suite for flute, cello, harp(1996)

Damase Trio for flute, cello, harp (1996)

Weiner Romance for cello, harp, strings (1996)

Foote At Dusk for flute, cello, harp(1996, BNTV 1999)

Donizetti/Thomas Una furtiva lagrima (BNTV 1997)

Boscha Don Giovanni Variations (1997)

Nikolov Sonata (1997)

Schubert/Ravnopolska Arpeggione Sonata, cello and harp (1997)

Schubert Ashlied von die harpe, cello and harp(1997, Bulgarian National TV, 1998)

Reichardt/Ravnopolska Das Blumlein Wunderschon, cello and harp (1997)*

Henson-Conant, Baroque Flamenco(American Music Week in Bulgaria, 1998, BNTV, 1999)

Gershwin/Toskov, I Loves You Porgy, cello, harp, and string orchestra, (1998)*

Sagaev Two Nocturnes, (Prague, 1999)*

Chopin/Ravnopolska Polonaise, Op. 1 (1999)

Chopin/Ravnopolska Mazurka in B-flat (1999)

Zaimov, Trio, oboe, harp, cello, (1999)*

Pekov, Sonata, harp, violin, (1999)*

Ovsepyan, And now the shadow of the pillar, cello, harp (1999)

Winges, A Voice of Change, violin, cello, harp (1999)

Spassov, Homage d' Apollinaire, soprano, flute, harp, violoncello, doublebass, world premiere (2000)*

Poturlian, Shepa pepel ot pepelta ti....(2000)*

Christoff, Jolting Farther, cello and harp (2001)*

Taskov, Three Poems on E.Dickinson,voice, clarinet, harp, violoncello (2001)*

Metcalf, Mapping Wales, for solo harp and orchestra (2002)*

Pap-Nagy, The magic of the water, for harp quartet (Geneva, 2002)*

Peter Blauvelt, Serenade, cello and harp (2002)

Dimiter Christoff, Four Etudes (1,2,3, and 4), solo harp (2002)*

John A. Lennon, Serpent, saxophone, harp, cello (2002)*

Dimiter Christoff, Four Etudes (5,6,7, and 8), solo harp (2003)*

Anna-Maria Ravnopolska-Dean, Four compositions for solo harp on Haiku poetry (2003)*

Loeffler, Historiette # 2 for string quartet and harp (2003)*

Christoff, Four Etudes (9,10,11, and 12), solo harp (2005)*

Ravnopolska-Dean, Suite of Dances (2005)*

Ravnopolska-Dean, Fantasy on Verdi’s La Traviata (2005)*

Ravnopolska-Dean, The Turtle’s Castle (2005)*

Christoff, Four Etudes (13,14,15, and 16), solo harp (2006)*

Christoff, Four Etudes (17,18,19, and 20), solo harp (2007)*

Christoff, Four Etudes (21,21,23 and 24), solo harp (2008)*

Reinecke, Concert in E minor, solo harp

* World Premiere

Solo Recordings

Bulgarian Harp Favorites, Arpa d’oro, CD 2003

Legende: French Music for Harp, Gega compact disc, 1999

Harpist at the Opera (honoring the Donizetti bicentennial), Arpa d'oro CD, 1997

Harps of the Americas (Paraguayan and pedal harps), Arpa d'oro CD, 1996

Erich Schubert Pop Harp Festival, Gega CD, 1994

A Harpist's Invitation to the Dance, Gega CD, 1992

Recordings with Partial Participation

Odisei: Peter Blauwelt Author’s CD, 2007

Publications

Modeling orchestration on harp techniques in the works of Wagner, Smetana and Stravinski, “WHC Review”, to be published

The Harp in the orchestral works of Bulgarian Composers (1900-1930)

"Music yesterday-today", 2002 /in print/

The Harp as a Coloristic Instrument in the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, 200 pp., ISBN 954-90353-9-5, Music Society “Vassil Stefanov”, 2001

The Harp as a Coloristic Instrument in the works of Claude Debussy,

“Musical Horizons”, vol. 7 - 8, 2001, 21- 25, 27 - 33.

Transcriptions for solo harp, Sofia String Institute, 1995

Regular contributor to the World Harp Congress Review, 1981- present

Arrangements for solo harp: Granados, Valses Poeticos, Albeniz, Suita Espagnol, 1988

Compositions

1.Improvisation, harp solo, June 2003

2.The turtle’s castle, harp solo, September 2003

3.Four compositions for harp on Haiku poetry, October 2003

4.Waltz and Lullaby, piano solo, November 2003

5.Rap Tango, harp and voice, November 2003

6.Arrangement of J. S. Bach’s “Chaconne” for violin in d minor for harp solo,

January 2004

7.Suite of eight dances: Laendrer, Tango, Fandango, Horo, Kazachok, 8.Arabian dance, Pavane, harp solo April 2004

9.Fantasy on themes from Verdi’s opera La Traviata, harp solo, June 2005

10.The swamp, harp solo, August 2005

11.Ukrainian Dance, pedal or folk harp, December 2005

12. Angels in our fields for voice and piano and with text by Christopher-Joseph Ravnopolski-Dean, dedicated to the Bulgarians from Banat, December 2005

13.Two haiku pieces on Basho, harp solo, February 2006

14.”The mystic trumpeter” on Walt Whitman, harp solo, February 2006

15.Five haiku pieces “Solo Honkadorae Renga”, harp solo, February 2006

16.Suite in Bulgarian style, pedal or celtic harp, June 2006

17.Granny Bruin, voice and piano , with poetry by Tsonio Kaltchev,

June 2006

18.Impression and Dance, flute and harp, August 2006

19.“Circus” for 6 hands, one piano, November 2006

20.Arrangements of Irish pieces for flute and celtic or pedal harp,

January 2007

21. To Ghinka, for harp solo, October 2007

22.The little Young Lady, harp solo, February 2008

23. String quartet “Istvan” dedicated to the 160 anniversary of the Hungarian march revolution, 2008

Conferences

HARPCON 2003, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, invited lecturer for two workshops:

a) Bulgarian Folk Rhythms

b) How Bulgarian composers apply folk idioms in their harp music

AACQU 2005, New Port, Rhode Island

International Scientific Conference “Music, Traditions, and Contemporaneity”, SWU, Blagoevgrad 2005, The Harp and Some Specific Harp Effects (lecture-demonstration)

Memberships

Music Teachers National Association, 1997 - present

American String Teachers Association, 1991 - present

American Harp Society, 1990 - present

World Harp Congress, 1983 - present

AUBG Activities

Administrative activities

Deputy of the Director of Campus Living at AUBG; registration of new students; simultaneous translator of the President of AUBG, 1991 - 1992

Director of Fine Arts Spring Festival, 1995, 1996

Activities as a faculty member

Initiator of Fine Arts Curriculum at AUBG, 1991

Founder of Applied Music (piano), Spring 1993 - present

Founder of Applied Music (harp), Fall 1997 - present

Theoretical Courses taught:

Introduction to Music I, Fall 1991 - present

Introduction to Music II, Spring 1992 - present

History of Jazz, 1995 present

Harmony I, Spring 1996 - present

Harmony II, Fall 1996 - present

Applied Piano and Harp Courses:

Alumni recital of former student – Miroslava Mincheva, piano and David McArthur, piano, Fall 2008

Student recital of Applied Piano and Harp students; masterclasses; solo performances in class, Fall 2008

Student recital of Applied Piano and Harp students; masterclasses; solo performances in class, Spring 2008

Student recital of Applied Piano and Harp students; masterclasses; solo performances in class, Fall 2007

Student recital of Applied Piano and Harp students; masterclasses; solo performances in class, Spring 2007

Student recital of Applied Piano and Harp students; masterclasses; solo performances in class, Fall 2006

Student recital of Applied Piano and Harp students; masterclasses; solo performances in class, Spring 2006

Student recital of Applied Piano and Harp students; masterclasses; solo performances in class, Fall 2005

Student recital of Applied Piano and Harp students; masterclasses; solo performances in class, Spring 2005

Student recital of Applied Piano and Harp students; masterclasses; solo performances in class, Fall 2004

Student recital of Applied Piano and Harp students; masterclasses; solo performances in class, Spring 2004

Student recital of Applied Piano and Harp students; masterclasses; solo performances in class, Fall 2003

Student recital of Applied Piano and Harp students; masterclasses; solo performances in class, Spring 2003

Student recital of Applied Piano and Harp students, Haiku Suite with Shiho

Kuramoto as narrator; masterclasses; solo performances in class, Fall 2002

Student recital of Applied Piano and Harp students with a special programme dedicated to 140-th anniversary of Debussy’s birth; masterclasses; solo performances in class, Spring 2002

Student recital of Applied Piano and Harp students with piano duets for four hands; masterclasses; solo performances in class, Fall 2001

Student recital of Applied Piano and Harp students; masterclasses; solo performances in class, Spring 2001

Student recital of Applied Piano and Harp students; masterclasses; solo performances in class, Participation in FAR masterplan revision, Fall 2000

Student recital of Applied Piano and Harp students with piano duets; masterclasses; solo performances in class, Spring 2000

Honors piano recital with my students with a special programme dedicated to Pancho Vladigerov, including his Shumen miniatures, Fall 1999

Student recital of Applied Piano and Harp students; masterclasses; solo performances in class; my applied piano students Boguslava Dimitrova and Theodora Cholakova perform during American Music Week in Bulgaria, Sofia – filmed for National TV;

five of my applied piano students perform in Patty Stowell masterclass – filmed for Nationa TV; my applied piano students perform on “An Evening of American Music” to celebrate Gershwin Centennial at AUBG;

my applied piano student Miroslava Mincheva enters Master of Music Program of Eastern Luisiana University on full scholarship, Fall 1998

Piano and harp mini-fest with AUBG applied piano and harp students during Spring Festival of the Fine Arts; includes Miroslava Mincheva’s concerto performance with string players from the State Music Academy in Sofia;

harp recital during Spring Festival of the Fine Arts, Spring 1998

First student recital of Applied Harp students; student Piano recital; masterclasses; live performance, Fall 1997

Harp solo recital; student recital of Applied Piano students; masterclasses of Applied Piano students; live performances in class, Spring 1997

Student recital of Applied Piano students; masterclasses of Applied Piano students; live performances in class, Fall 1996

Harp solo recital; student recital of Applied Piano students featuring piano duets for four hands; masterclasses of Applied Piano students; live performances in class, Spring 1996

Student recital of Applied Piano students, emphasizing the Baroque piano repertoire; masterclasses of Applied Piano students; live performances in class, Fall 1995

Student recital of Applied Piano students, student piano recital of Zornitza Keremedchieva; masterclasses; live performances in class; harp solo concert with Dimov Quartet, Spring 1995

Harp solo recital; student recital of Applied Piano students emphasizing the classic piano repertoire; masterclasses of Applied Piano students; live performances in class, Spring 1994

Student recital of Applied Piano students; masterclasses of Applied Piano students; live performances in class; harp solo recital, Fall 1993

First student recital of Applied Piano students; harp solo recital; live performances in class, Spring 1993

References

Susann Mc Donald, Distinguished Professor of Music,
Chairman, Harp Department, Indiana University
e-mail: mcdonald@indiana.edu
Dimitar Christoff, Professor of Music, Composer, Doctor of Sciences,
Bulgarian National Conservatoire, New Bulgarian University, Institute of Art Studies - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, e-mail: christoff@nbu.bg
Lidya Kuteva, Associate Professor of Music, Piano Pedagogue, 64 Patriarch Evtimii Blbd., Sofia 1000, Bulgaria