Lora Markova was born on July 14, 2003 in Sofia (Bulgaria) and began playing the violin at the age of five with Blagorodna Taneva at the Lyubomir Pipkov National School of Music. She has since benefited from regular masterclasses with Ivry Gitlis, Dora Schwartzberg, Pavel Vernikov and Svetlin Roussev, among others.
Winner of numerous prizes, including the Grand Prize of the Art Borovets Competition (2020) or the first prize of the Leonid Kogan Competition in Brussels (2020), Lora has performed as a soloist with the Pleven Philharmonics, the Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Classic FM Orchestra – and many other ensembles.
She also represented Bulgaria at the European Cultural Days in Frankfurt (2014), and participated in the “Treasures of Bulgaria” concert organized by Carnegie Hall in New York (2016).
“I have never enjoyed a competition more! The other contestants as well as the orchestra and the jury were extremely warm, welcoming and inspired to create music. Another extremely inspiring and helpful thing was the beautiful city of Sion where the competition took place. The gorgeous landscapes and the wonderful atmosphere truly made me perform the best I have ever performed and made me the most happy I have ever been at a competition. To have such a pleasant experience and to also be awarded with first prize has been a dream come true!”
Lora Markova, 1st Prize Tibor Junior 2021
2021 | First Prize