Lead Piano Instructor, Burlington Violeta Dontcheva was born in Bulgaria and comes from a large family of renowned musicians. She started playing the piano at the age of 3, and as a young prodigy quickly advanced with her studies and was accepted in the professional music school in Burgas where she earned a Classical Piano Performance and Teaching diploma and has extended studies in piano, ear training, harmony, music theory and literature, ensemble and orchestration. After graduating with honors, Violeta was accepted to the famous Music Academy in Sofia, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Piano and Sound Engineering. She worked as a Piano Teacher in the Sofia Music School and as a Sound Engineer at Theater off the Canal. Violeta participated in multiple piano competitions and composition contests, did recordings for the National Television and Radio in Bulgaria, played in a band as a keyboardist, and composed and arranged numerous songs for theater performances. In 1998 she won a Piano competition in Thsaloniki,Greece. Shortly thereafter, she was offered a full scholarship for Berklee College of Music in Boston,MA. Violeta moved to America in 1999 to study Jazz Piano and Music Production & Engineering at Berklee, while also launching her own private practice and building an impressive reputation. Violeta also worked at Sonic Temple Studio in Roslindale,MA as a House Engineer, and recorded artists and groups like Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Lydian String Quartet, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, Boston Bach Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, Tryptich String Trio, Sarasa Ensemble, Jon Jarvis trio, Ran Blake trio,Yo-Yo Ma, Douglas Johnson,Andrew Rangell, Peter Watchorn, Evan Ziporin, Paul Bley, Peter Child, Ross Bouer, Timothy Melbinger, and many others. Violeta Dontcheva maintains her own piano studio and has also worked as a Piano Teacher at Keys for Kids in Lexington, MA, and as a Director and Piano Teacher at Bach to Rock Music School in Saugus, MA. She has performed at many local concerts and has worked in the Boston area for the last 13 years as a renowned piano educator, performer and sound engineer. Violeta's credits include various solo performances and records, as well as collaborations with some of the best New England orchestras and performers. Violeta teaches students of all ages and levels, focusing on individual approach while teaches all styles of music and working with children as young as 3.
Violeta speaks four languages, and used to belong to a parasailing club in Europe, where she would soar from high mountain tops. She is a gourmet cook who uses ingredients you've never heard of, and her entire musical family was featured in a documentary movie!