In the spring of 2016, Violetta Todorova was named the Concertmaster of Fort Wayne Philharmonic. An emerging voice of her generation, Ms. Todorova holds prizes from the International Competition for Young Violinists in Estonia and the All-Russian Competition for Young Violinists in Nizhny-Novgorod, Russia and has appeared as a soloist with various orchestras and ensembles across the US, Russia, Finland, and Sweden. She has also held the Concertmaster position with the Illinois Symphony, has been an Assistant Concertmaster with the Northwest Indiana Symphony, and a part of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
Originally from Saint Petersburg, Russia, Ms. Todorova started playing violin at the age of five. After her studies at the St. Petersburg Conservatory Preparatory School, she attended Interlochen Arts Academy and DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, where she earned her Bachelor (summa cum laude) and Master (with distinction) Degrees in violin performance, studying with one of the world’s top concert violinists and pedagogues, Ilya Kaler. During her studies at DePaul, she also served as an assistant concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Todorova has also been a guest concertmaster with the Chicago Arts Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, South Shore Orchestra, and Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra. In 2013 Ms. Todorova co-founded 42nd Parallel, a self-conducted orchestra in Chicago. Passionate about bringing classical music to new audiences, members of the ensemble offer performances in a variety of nontraditional venues, including black box theaters and churches.