Born in Bulgaria, Tatiana Koleva lives and works at present in the Netherlands. Internationally renowned as virtuoso solo and ensemble performer, she is actively involved in the promotion of contemporary music and art forms all over the world. She has established herself as a leading percussionist specializing in marimba. Her performances leave the audience spellbound with intriguing rhythms and surprising musical developments.
In addition to her intensive concert activities Mrs. Koleva is becoming a very respected educator. She leads regularly master classes for marimba/percussion and chamber music as well as composer workshops. Currently she holds teaching positions at Codarts Conservatorium Rotterdam and the Conservatory of Groningen (NL).
2009 marked the
beginning of her new very successful project “Youth Percussion Pool”, an
education and performing event that takes place annually, including
master-classes, workshops and concerts with young professionals. In the
beginning of 2010 Tatiana Koleva received the prestigious Prize ‘Musician of
the Year 2009’ by the National Radio and the audience of Bulgaria. Just
recently the Youth Percussion Pool was awarded “Ensemble of the year 2012” in
that same contest.
Tatiana Koleva has
commissioned a number of compositions specially written for her and her
projects. She works regularly with renown composers such as K. de Vries, L.
Andriessen, D. Lang, Y. Kyriakides, M. Lanza, Jacob TV, D. Dramm, Ts. Minkin,
C. Jost, K. Torstensson to name a few. 2012 marked the world premieres of two
concertos: by the young Bulgarian conductor/composer Martin Georgiev and a
Double Concerto by percussionist/composer Emmanuel Sejourne and a new duo for
flute and marimba by Peter Klatzow.
Ms. Koleva has
appeared as a soloist of various orchestras and regularly performs
with leading ensembles and theatre groups. She has duos with the organist Jan
Haghe, flutist Eleonore Pamaijer and the jazz saxophonist Rutger van Otterloo.
Next to her activities as a classical musician she is often involved in
cross-genre projects with improvised jazz, rock, film and theatre music. One of
the very successful such formation is the contemporary blues/rock band
Tatiana Koleva has given recitals, master-classes and clinics throughout Europe, the USA, Japan, Jordan, Mexico and Canada.
Tatiana appears on various recordings of NovaLinia Records (her own label), as well as on Decca, New World Records, Attacca, Unsounds, Mode Records, Wergo, Future Classics, Orgelpark and BVHAAST.
"... superb percussionist... brilliantly played performance ... explosive energy..." New York Times, USA; "... exceptional musician..." Percussions Magazine, France; "... a truly remarkable percussionist..." Business News Radio, NL; "... star-percussionist..." Volkskrant, NL