Eastman School of Music, DMA
Eastman School of Music, MA
University of Central Arkansas, Conway, BM
Pianist Ivanka Driankova has a diverse career as a solo and chamber music performer, piano teacher and vocal coach. She is a native of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She began studying piano at the age of five, and won her first national competition at the age of eight. Some of the more recent competitions she has won include the SIA Chautauqua International Competition (2000), the Arkansas solo piano competition (1998), The Fourth National Competition for German Music (1997), the UCA Solo piano competition (1996), and was an MTNA Region finalist (1997). She was awarded the prestigious Clara Wells National Scholarship (1998). She has toured in France, Germany and Austria, and has performed as a soloist throughout the United States. She has participated in music festivals in the United States, Bulgaria, Macedonia, France and Germany. Ivanka Driankova began collaborating with the Eastman Wind Ensemble in 2003 and has since performed as a part of the Eastman Wind Ensemble at a number of concerts, including their concert in Carnegie Hall in February of 2005.
Ivanka Driankova completed her Doctoral Degree in piano performance at the Eastman School of music in 2008, in the studio of Rebecca Penneys. She also received her Master's Degree in Theory Pedagogy at Eastman.