Ralitsa was introduced to the violin at the age of six . She began having violin lessons in her native town- Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. She attended a vocational music school from the age of 11 to 18, followed by a Batcheler’s Degree from  the National Academy of Music ‘Pancho Vladigerov’.

Ralitsa’s playing was strongly influenced by the Russian violin school through her teachers  Stoika Milanova and Lydia Mordkovitch ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lydia_Mordkovitch), both pupils of David Oistrakh’s.

Ralitsa moved to London in 2016, where she obtained a masters degree in Violin from Royal Academy of Music followed by a Masters degree in Viola at Trinity and Laban College. She was awarded a full  scholarship for all three years of study.

Ralitsa was taught by Yuko Inoue, Rivka Golani and Emmanuella Reiter.

Passionate about chamber music, Ralitsa had been a member of prizewinning string quartets and has taken masterclasses with renowned quartets such as Chilingirian Quartet, Brodsky Quartet.

Along with her ensemble at the time, Scarampella Ensemble, Ralitsa received First Prize in the Cavatina Chamber Music Competition.

Since 2016 she has been an active member of Veles Ensemble.  ( https://velesensemble.com)

We recorded Chamber works by Steve Elcock  ( https://toccataclassics.com/product/steve-elcock-orchestral-music-volume-one/) followed by a review in Gramophone Magazine (https://www.gramophone.co.uk/review/elcock-chamber-music-vol-1)

We are just about to release a second CD recording of Egon Wellesz chamber works.

Veles Ensemble was invited for an interview and live performance on BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’ in September, 2019

We have given concerts around Europe, for example at the Roman River Festival in DATE (https://romanrivermusic.org.uk/product/veles-ensemble/); The Levoca Indian Summer Festival in Slovakia in November, 2019 France Saint-Lager, and at Belleville and Gleizé in collaboration with the Clarinetist Peter Cigleris.

As a soloist, Ralitsa recorded Bartok Viola Concerto with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra in April 2018, conducted by Rossen Gergov (https://soundcloud.com/ralitsa-miroslavova-naydenova/ralitsa-plays-bartok-viola-concerto?si=33cfb3917f9d4820a52d1b1fbcfc0cbf&utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing)

Ralitsa regularly shares a platform with pianist A. Fordham ( piano, accompanist )  who is a British pianist based in London.

Ralitsa was accepted onto the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme, parallel to her year in Southbank Sinfonia. Currently Ralitsa works as a substitute for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She previously gained substitute positions in the Oslo National Opera and also in Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. Since 2022 Ralitsa has started playing as a substitute player at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

She was a co-leader of the viola section of  Santo Domingo Music Festival ( in 2015, 2017) and  Viola Solo in March Music Days International Festival, 2021.

Ralitsa had collaborated in projects led by Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Pablo Heras – Casado, Sir Bejamin Zander and Leif Segerstam .

Awarded full scholarship for three years for Masters Degrees in both violin and viola,

Invitation to perform at Montecito Festival in California, US (2008)

  • ‘Highly Commended’ on Viola Competition ‘Theodore Holland Viola Prize (2010)’
  • Residency at West Dean College (West Sussex, 2013)
  • Full Scholarship from Estate Frost CBE (2013-2016)
  • Represented Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance at The Lichfield Opera Music Festival (UK, 2013)
  • First Prize at Cavatina Chamber Competition (London, 2012)
  • Finalist at the Soloist’s Competition, Viola (London, 2012)
  • Full Tuition Fees Scholarship by Music Benevolent Fund, TLCMD (2011-2014)
  • David Martin/ Florence Hooton Concerto Prize (London, 2011)
  • Theodore Holland Viola Prize (2010) – Commended
  • Word Vision Competition-

Master classes: Detlef Hahn, Remus Azoitei, Aleksandar Pavlovich, Jasna Maksimovic, Ian Brown, Tomas Brandis, Ken Aiso,Tasmin Little, etc.

Hire a private concert

Book Ralitsa Naydenova on Violin/ Viola

Duet with:

Viola/ Violin with Piano accompaniment

Violin/ Viola with Classical Guitar

Violin and Viola

Violin and Violin

Ensemble Options

Solo: Violin/Viola

Request a repertoire list here:

(+44) 0779 1779291

Standard Prices :

Note: Prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.