”…She is a unique artist, her musical humility is an incredible asset for her performance where the listener’s attention is being taken by the marvel…” Philippe Graffin
Born in Bulgaria, Kremena Nikolova started the violin at the age of six. Several years later, she continued her education at the National School of Music and Arts “Prof.P.Vladigerov” in Bourgas, and then continued at the National Music Academy “Pancho Vladigerov” in Sofia. At the age of eleven, she began her concert career, winning prizes in competitions for young violinists and performing many concerts as soloist with Bulgarian orchestras in the most important Bulgarian concert halls (Academic Symphony Orchestra of Sofia, Opera and Philharmonic Society Burgas, Sliven Symphony Orchestra, LM Collegium Musicum). She won the prestigious scholarship “Gallery of Bulgarian Talents” in 2007/2008. During the following years she enriched her musical knowledge under the guidance of artists such as Zakhar Bron, Michael Frischenschlager, Gerard Poulet, Dong-Suk Kang, Pavel Vernikov, Enrico Onofri, Chiara Banchini, Giorgio Fava and Anton Martynov, of whom she is currently teaching assistant in the Royal Conservatory of Mons, Belgium.
Kremena Nikolova has a wide experience as concertmaster of symphony and chamber orchestras. From 2002 to 2006 as concertmaster and soloist of the Bourgas Youth Philharmonic (with Levon Manukyan Director) she won awards in national and international competitions. She has recorded a CD of contemporary music receiving excellent press reviews, and has played a lot of concerts in Bulgaria , Germany, Austria and Greece.
After completing her studies (Bachelor and Master with honours) at the National Music Academy in Sofia, she moved to Italy in 2012. Considered by critics as an extremely expressive young violinist, Kremena currently has the opportunity to perform concerts as a soloist and chamber musician in Italy, Bulgaria, France, Spain, Slovenia working with world-renowned musicians.
She is invited to festivals and concert seasons such as Rive Gauche Musique in Paris, Pietrasanta in Concerto, Malipiero Concerti, Prieure de Chirens Festival, Pollença Festival in Mallorca, Nouvelle Philharmonie in Paris, Le Printemps du Violon in Paris, Giovani in Musica Ravenna, Amici del Teatro Treviso, Roana Musica, Grandezze e Meraviglie Modena, Ljubljana Festival, and is also regularly invited as a soloist in the symphony seasons in Bulgaria. She plays with various chamber ensembles including Orchestra of Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca, Contrarco Baroque Ensemble, Il Pomo d’oro, I Virtuosi Italiani, Orchestra Antonio Vivaldi of Venice, Soloists of the Menuhin Academy, Camerata of Paris and others.
Kremena Nikolova is the artistic director of the International Music Festival San Martino a Natale in Venice since its foundation in 2014. Her repertoire includes early music performed with original baroque instruments, classical, romantic and contemporary music, as well as first performances of newly created compositions.