Linda Mantcheva
Linda Mantcheva was born in 1977 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She started playing the cello at the age of five. Her first teacher was her father, a violinist and luthier. When she was 19, Linda graduated from the national high school of music in her home town, and soon after moved to Germany. At the Cologne University of Music she received her Bachelor of Music in Cello, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Education. Afterward, she specialised in Historical Performance Practice, including two years of studies in baroque chamber music at the Cologne University of Music, and a Bachelor degree in baroque cello at the Berlin University of the Arts. She studied with Phoebe Carrai, Markus Möllenbeck, Reiner Zipperling and Richard Gwilt.
Linda has received awards at chamber music competitions in Bulgaria, Italy and Germany. From 2008-2010 she was awarded a scholarship from the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation “LiveMusicNow“ Berlin. Currently, Linda performs with renowned ensembles throughout Europe, such as the Zurich Baroque Orchestra “musica inaudita”, “Cordevento” (Amsterdam), “Les passions de l'Ame” (Bern), “Concerto con Anima” (Cologne), and “l'arte del mondo” (Cologne). With these and other groups she performed at the Utrecht Early Music Festival, Van Wassenaer Festival-Amsterdam, Savannah Music Festival-USA, Luxuria Europae-Sofia, Thuringian Bach Weeks, Bach Biennale-Weimar, and she took part in concerts at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Philharmonic Hall of St.Petersburg, Kleine Zaal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Berlin Philharmonic chamber music hall. Linda Mantcheva lives in Berlin, where she teaches cello at the Fanny Hensel State School of Music.