Galina Vracheva is among a handful of pianists who master the art of classical improvisation. Her improvised cadenzas in piano concertos from Mozart to Rachmaninov and her instant compositions on themes spontaneously suggested are the delight of her audiences in concert halls worldwide. Her teaching activities in this field are equally unique: Having taught piano and composition in Munich, Kiev and Berlin, she has for the last decade been giving master classes in concert improvisation at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, at the Haus Marteau in Bavaria, at the Mahidol University in Bangkok and at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana.
A Zurich resident for over twenty years, Galina Vracheva was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, where she has recently founded a youth orchestra – named the “Frank Martin Players” for its Swiss connection– and made the Trimontiada Festival a musical event of national importance. With her enormous repertoire she performs as soloist, as a chamber musician and with renowned conductors and orchestras. She has appeared on television, notably on ARD, ZDF and BRF in Germany and is a frequent guest in many European radio stations such BR Klassik, SRF2 Kultur and Oe1.Vracheva has composed numerous piano works, pieces for flute and for tuba, and two operas.