Emanuela Nikiforova, Violin
Emanuela Nikiforova’s musical background is eclectic. A native of Bulgaria, she benefited from the influence of the Russian violin school at Varna and Sofia middle and high music schools, the lineage of thinking of Carl Flesh, through his pupil, Yfrah Neaman, and Neaman’s esteemed student, Professor Kevork Mardirossian (Louisiana State University School of Music), the dedication of Lord Yehudi Menuhin and Argentinian Maestro Alberto Lysy at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Gstaad, and the finesse and brilliance of Camilla Wicks at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Nikiforova has performed on three different continents from a young age as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician. She is a former member of Camerata Lysy, Camerata Bariloche, Philharmonica de Buenos Aires, Sarasota Orchestra and Baton Rouge Symphony, and a current member of the Santa Rosa, Marin, Berkeley, Oakland and Silicon Valley symphonies, a substitute at the San Francisco Ballet, Opera San Jose, California and Napa symphonies and others.
Nikiforova enjoys making time for private teaching, coaching youth orchestra members and popularizing Bulgarian Classical music as a Music Director of Bay Area Bulgarian Festival Strings.