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Ralitsa Georgieva - Smith - piano

Instruments: Piano
Style: Classical
Education: B.M and M.M. from State Conservatory of Music - Sofia, Bulgaria

 Ralitsa Georgieva-Smith, Collaborative Piano faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2007. She received her B.M and M.M. in Piano performance from the State Conservatory of Music- Sofia, Bulgaria, a second M.M. in Piano performance from University of South Florida where she studied with Dr. Svetozar Ivanov, and P.S. in Collaborative piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music under Anita Pontremoli.

 She is founder and Artistic director of Music for Our Children, a concert series to benefit UNICEF- Children’s Disaster and Emergency Relief Organization. Established in Cleveland in 2014, the concert series fulfills one of Ralitsa’s personal beliefs to help support children in need all across the globe. The series has been growing successfully for the past few years, raising over $6,000 over the course of four concerts. Guest artists have featured Cleveland Orchestra members, Cleveland Institute of Music faculty, The Cleveland Ballet, and the Westhuizen piano duo.

 Ralitsa is a recipient of the prestigious Steinway Top Teacher award in 2016 for her achievements as an educator, performer, and her charity work for UNICEF. Some of her professional engagements as a collaborative pianist include Chautauqua Institute, Interlochen Center of the Arts, Cleveland Ballet, University of South Florida’s Steinway Piano Series, Cleveland Trombone Seminar, Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Trumpet Institute, Preparatory and Continuing Education Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont, “Peter the Great” Festival in the Netherlands, Chamber Music from the Twentieth Century Festival in Perugia, Italy, “Koncerteum” Greece, Contemporary Piano Music festival “Pianissimo” in Sofia, Bulgaria, and as Artist- in- residence as a member of the University of South Florida piano trio.

Some of her most recent performances with the Cleveland Ballet include Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, with choreography by Gladisa Guadalupe. Radio recordings and live broadcasts have been presented with her performances of the piano repertoire from classical to twentieth century music by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, and Villa-Lobos for the Bulgarian National Television and radio. She has performed as a soloist with the Sliven Symphony Orchestra, the Bourgas Philharmonic and the Bulgarian National Chamber Orchestra in Bulgaria.

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