- Lilia Stoytcheva
(b Sofia, Bulgaria, Aug 9, 1914; d Aug 4, 1989). Bulgarian pianist and teacher. A significant figure in Bulgarian musical culture, Encheva is famous not only in Europe, but in Asia and Australia. Encheva mastered piano performance at an early age; her first introduction to the instrument came from her mother, Nevena Encheva.
Early in her career Encheva received her first award and an Italian scholarship with the opportunity to study in Milan. Encheva was one of the most talented students of the famous Italian maestro and piano professor Renzo Lorenzone. Encheva graduated from the Italian Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory at the age of 16. Her musical talent was so impressive that later she continued her studies under other famous pedagogues, including Marcel Ciampi in Paris and Edwin Fisher in Berlin.
Encheva was an award recipient at numerous international competitions, including the 1936 Vienna International Piano Competition, along with other accomplished pianists in Europe from that time, such as Jacob Flier and Emil Gilels. Her performance of Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto, conducted by Karl Böhm, was so memorable that the critics called her a ‘brand-new Slavonic talent’. Encheva’s musical talent and pedagogical acumen was not limited to Europe, and in the 1980s she was able to apply her multiple talents as musical interpreter and professor at the prestigious Muzashino Academy in Tokyo. She was internationally acclaimed as a concert pianist and pedagogue, as well as a jury member at more than 50 of the most prestigious international piano competitions, including the Queen Elizabeth, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Robert Schumann, J. S. Bach, and Busoni competitions....