Born in Bulgaria, Ralitsa began her musical education at the age of six, studying the violin at the National Academy of Music in Bulgaria before moving to London to complete her master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM).
During her studies at RAM, Ralitsa discovered her passion for the viola and began studying with Rivka Golani and Emanuella Reiter. Ralitsa was awarded a full scholarship for three years and continued with postgraduate studies in performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, gaining postgraduate diplomas on both the violin and viola.
Alongside orchestral playing, Ralitsa is passionate about chamber music and has been a member of prizewinning ensembles, giving many performances with string quartets,
trios and sonata ensembles. Ralitsa has participated in master classes with renowned quartets such as the Chilingirian Quartet and Brodsky Quartet, and has performed as a concerto soloist with orchestras in England, Italy and Bulgaria.
This year, Ralitsa has also been accepted onto the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme, parallel to her year in Southbank Sinfonia.
Ralitsa’s place in Southbank Sinfonia is generously supported by the Kirby Laing Foundation.
What do you love about classical music?
Classical music for me is a door to many different dimensions. It may only take a few notes before one can be transported to past centuries and receive the sensation, even visualisation of the history.
What’s on your playlist right now?
I love listening to different types of music, what I listen to depends on my mood. Apart from classical, opera and modern music I listen to jazz, particularly instrumental jazz-funk fusion, soul music, etc.
What or who inspired you to become a professional musician?
I received my inspiration from my aunt who was already a professional musician when I was a child. She has been my mentor throughout my development as a musician.