Elitsa Atanasova, is born in Bulgaria, and in 2011 moved to the United States to continue her higher education. Currently she is a Doctoral Candidate in Viola performance at the University of Georgia, Hugh Hodgson School of Music, studying with Prof. Maggie Snyder. Her doctoral research focuses on music for viola by female composers. 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.
She is an active freelance musician and private viola and violin instructor in the North Georgia area. As a student she has attended the Conservatory Music in the Mountains in Durango, CO, and the Summit Music Festival in NY. As a professional she has been a part of the Ohio Light Opera orchestra and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. At UGA she was the violist of the Hodgson Graduate String Quartet and principal viola of the Arco Chamber Orchestra. Before moving to the United States, she has performed in Bulgaria, Romania, Spain, Germany, Luxemburg, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark. Recently she took part in the recording of the string section for Kishi Bashi’s new album “Omoiyari”, which was released May 2019. Engagements in summer 2019 include participation in the inaugural festival “Chamber Music Athens”, teaching viola at the UGA Summer Music Camp and Institute, and working as an Artistic Coordinator at the Heifetz Music Institute, for the HeifetzPEG program in Staunton Virginia.