Dr. Elitsa Atanasova, is born in Bulgaria, and in 2011 moved to the United States pursuing higher education. In the Fall of 2019, she completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Viola Performance, at the University of Georgia, studying with Prof. Maggie Snyder. Her doctoral dissertation project aims to promote music by underrepresented composers. As part of it she recorded a full-length CD consisting of selections for viola, all composed by women.
She received her MM and Artist Diploma in Viola Performance from Texas Christian University in the studio of Dr. Misha Galaganov and a BM from the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria with Dr. Vladimir Andonov. As a student she has attended the Conservatory Music in the Mountains in Durango, CO, and the Summit Music Festival in NY.
Dr. Atanasova has worked for the Ohio Light Opera orchestra, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and as an Artistic Coordinator at the Heifetz Music Institute in Staunton, Virginia. At UGA she was the violist of the Hodgson Graduate String Quartet and principal viola of the Arco Chamber Orchestra. Recently she took part in the recording of the string section for Kishi Bashi’s new album “Omoiyari”, which was released May 2019. In the summer of 2019, she participated in the inaugural festival “Chamber Music Athens” and was part of the viola faculty at UGA Summer Camp.
She is an active freelance musician, regularly performing with the Augusta Symphony, the North Georgia Chamber Symphony Orchestra, Athens Master Chorale, Athens Chorale Society and many others. Before moving to the United States, she has performed in Bulgaria, Romania, Spain, Germany, Luxemburg, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark.
As a teacher she has experience with students of all ages, from elementary school to adults.
Prior to moving to GA, she was a Teaching Artist in the B Sharp Youth Music Program in Fort Worth, TX. Currently she is teaching viola and violin at the Atlanta Music Academy and UGA Community Music School.