Yoanna Prodanova was born in 1992 in Varna, Bulgaria. Recipient of the 2017 Sylva Gelber Award (Canada) as well as the 2016 Making Music Young Artist Award she performed regularly as soloist and chamber musician in the UK, Europe and Canada. She has been a soloist with the Amati Orchestra, the Banbury Symphony, the Westmount Youth Orchestra and the Sinfonia de Lanaudière and
has played in recital in Barbican Hall, St Martin in the Fields, City University and Milton Court Hall. Her recordings have been broadcasted live on BBC Radio 3 as well as CBC Montreal.
Future performances include Dvorak cello concerto with the Surrey Philharmonic in May 2018.
Yoanna holds a Bachelor degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she
studied with Louise Hopkins and is currently pursuing her Master’s under the guidance of
Rebecca Gilliver and Richard Lester. She also holds a Diplome d’etudes superieures from the
Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique de Montreal where she has studied with Denis
Brott. She has attended the IMS Prussia Cove, the Music Academy of the West, the Banff
Centre and the Kronberg Academy Festival.
As a chamber musician she has undertaken residencies at the Mozarteum Salzburg, Pro
Quartet and Aldeburgh. She is also a Park Lane Group artist and is a winner of Maisie Lewis
Award with the Barbican quartet who made their debut at the Wigmore Hall in 2017, as well as
St John’s Smith Square under critical acclaim. Passionate about new music and working with composers Yoanna has recently premiered “Klingen” for solo cello by Benjamin Graves in Soundhub LSO St Luke’s as well as “Alone Silently” for string trio and
soprano by Ben Smith in Wigmore Hall, and has recorded Alissa Firsova’s Fantasy for cello
and piano for Radio 3.
Yoanna plays on a Vincenzo De Bonis cello kindly offered to her by the Canimex. A
Leverhulme Trust Scholar at the Guildhall School, she is grateful to the Guildhall School Trust
and Help Musicians UK for their generous support.