Sibel Zeynelova

Piano/Music Theory

Sibel began playing the piano at the age of seven in the studio of Elena Yulianova at "Ekzarh Antim I" Special Music School and School of Arts "Emanuil Manolov.” Since 2012, she has been a student at the Sofia’s National School of Music in the class of Professor Dr. Iliya Tchernaev. She graduated with Excellence in 2014, receiving her Diploma for Secondary Education, and continued working with Prof. Tchernaev at the National Academy of Music “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov”. In 2015, Sibel was accepted at Mannes College The New School For Music in New York, United States, as a recipient of the Provost Merit Scholarship Award and Schoenberg Piano Stipend. She has continued her education under the guidance of Prof. Pavlina Dokovska, Chair of the Piano Department, and Prof. Vladimir Valjarevic. During 2016, she has transferred to the Royal Academy of Music in London, United Kingdom, as a scholarship student of Prof. Colin Stone, and in 2018 graduated her Bachelor of Music in Classical Piano Performance Degree with Honours. Sibel is currently enrolled in the LRAM Program at the Academy, where she enriches her knowledge of teaching Piano Performance and Music Theory professionally.

          Sibel’s teaching experience begins from 2013 at “MODO” School of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she gave Piano, Music Theory and Music History classes. Later on, between 2015 and 2016, she gave piano lessons through “The Piano School of NYC” in New York, United States, and taught some of the students privately as an inclusion. She is currently teaching at Crescendo School of Music and Art in London, United Kingdom. Additionally, she has been training students for competitions, exams and grade classifications, such as the ones for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College London.


          She gave her first solo recital at the age of nine. Her debut with orchestra was two years later with the Sliven Philharmonic under the baton of Dimitar Karaminkov, followed by several reengagements with the same orchestra. She has been participating in concerts, solo recitals, master classes and competitions around United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Russia, Turkey, Macedonia and her native Bulgaria. In May 2016, she was invited to perform on a special concert called “Musical Treasures from Bulgaria”, which took place at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall. While studying in New York, Sibel performed on events organized by Mannes Sounds Festival, as well as at the Czech Republic, Turkish and Bulgarian Consulates General in New York. After moving to London, she participated regularly on master classes and concerts organized by the Royal Academy of Music, including appearances at Duke’s Hall, Angela Burges Recital Hall and Henry Wood Room. She also gives solo-recitals and concerts with orchestra during major festivals in Bulgaria, including Tchudomirovi Praznitsi, as well as participations at the Great Hall of the National Academy of Music and Bulgaria Hall in Sofia.


          As a soloists and a chamber musician, Sibel is a prizewinner of over fifty-five awards from international competitions held in Bulgaria and abroad, including three “Grand Prix”; three Special Prizes, along with the “Special Award of the Union of Bulgarian Composers”; twenty-two First Prizes; etc. She is a laureate of the International Piano Competition “Anton Rubinstein” in Paris, France; International Slavic Music Competition in Moscow, Russia; International Piano Competition “Pera” in Istanbul, Turkey; International Competitions “Best Bach Performance” and “Best Schumann Performance” in London, United Kingdom; International Competition for Young Musicians “Ohrid Pearls” in Ohrid, and International Competition for Young Pianists in Gevgeliya, Macedonia; International Competitions “Music and the Earth”, “Franz Schubert”, “Hopes, Talents, Masters”, “German and Austrian Music Competition” and “Classical and Contemporary Music Competition” – Bulgaria, among others.

          Sibel is a winner of a scholarship for talented children awarded by the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture (2005-2013). She was selected as one of “The Successful Children of Bulgaria”, a competition organized by DimitarBerbatov’s Foundation for Young Talents. In 2015, she received the “Eurobet Talent” award, given once in two years by the Bulgarian Charities Aid Foundation, Apollonia International Foundation and Eurobet. During 2016/2017, she was supported by the Sidney Perry Foundation, after winning one of their annual scholarships as a gifted student in the United Kingdom. Additionally, Sibel was honored to receive awards from Rotary Club and Lions Club, Bulgaria. Her high achievements were officially recognized by the city of Kazanlak (2005-2011). Sibel has been broadcasted on Bulgarian National Television, BTV and BiT Televisions in Bulgaria and United States throughout the years.

          Her festival participations include “Summer Academy of Music” in La Roche D’Hys, France (2012), where she gave a solo recital with works of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Debussy. In 2014, she participated in the 22nd edition of the “International Klaviersommer Festival” in Cochem, Germany, where she was selected to perform in several concerts of the best participants. During 2018, she was one of the pianists selected to take part in the International Summer Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria, as a recipient of a scholarship award.

          Sibel has been a regular participant of master classes worldwide given by established musicians, such as:
Professor Pascal Devoyon (France, Germany), Professor Christopher Elton (United Kingdom), Prof. Stefan  Vladar (Austria), Prof. RustemHayroudinoff (Rusia, United Kingdom), Professor PavlinaDokovska (United States), Professor John Perry (United States, Canada), Professor Victor Rosenbaum (United States), Professor Tamara Poddubnaya (United States, Russia), Professor ZahariMetchkov (United States), Professor LudmilAngelov (Spain, Bulgaria), Professor Vlad Dimulescu (Romania), Professor Xavier Le Comte de la Bretonnerie (France), Professor Dr. AtanasKurtev (Bulgaria), Professor Milena Mollova (Bulgaria), Professor Jenny Zaharieva (Bulgaria) and Professor Victor Chuchkov (Bulgaria).