Born in Gabrovo, Bulgaria, Dorisiya Yosifova is a Boston-based violinist and instructor. Her musical training began very early on, and her first solo debut came at the age of 7 with the Gabrovian Chamber Orchestra in Bulgaria. By the time Dorisiya was in middle school, she had already committed to pursuing music for a career and was accepted to the National School of Music in Sofia. There, under the instruction of Katya Dramalieva, Dorisiya won numerous national and international competitions.
At 15, Dorisiya won a full scholarship to the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California and left her home country to study in the US. During her years at Idyllwild, Dorisiya won the Idyllwild Arts Academy Concerto Competition and the Eastern Music Festival award for Orchestral excellence, as well as Idyllwild Arts Academy’s “Most Outstanding Freshman” award. She gained invaluable training in ensemble playing as concertmaster of the Idyllwild Arts Academy orchestra, and in solo playing in master classes with Midori Goto, Sergiu Schwartz, Ian Swensen, and others. Additionally at 18, Dorisiya collaborated with folk legend Richard Thompson and Harry Shearer in recording and premiering Thompson’s album, “Cabaret of Souls.”
In 2015, Dorisiya completed a Bachelors of Music degree in Violin Performance from Oberlin Conservatory. There, she studied with Gregory Fulkerson and Marilyn McDonald. During her time at Oberlin, she played in orchestra and chamber music ensembles under the direction of Raphael Jimenez and Timothy Weiss. She also performed alongside the Jupiter Quartet in Oberlin’s Winter Term Intensive chamber music festival. Dorisiya has performed in prestigious venues, such as Carnegie Hall as part of the Oberlin Orchestra and New York’s Le Poisson Rouge as part of the Next Festival. Additionally, Dorisiya held Concertmaster and Principal Second positions at the Round Top Festival Orchestra as well as the Next Fest Orchestra and she was awarded a string fellowship by Marrowstone Festival in 2015. During her time at Oberlin, she also taught violin lessons to college students and community members through the conservatory’s Secondary Student program.
Most recently, Dorisiya completed a Master’s of Music degree with high honors in Violin Performance (’17) at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Her primary teachers include Lynn Chang and Rictor Noren. During her time at the Conservatory she took part in a string leadership masterclass for principal players with Boston Symphony Orchestra member, Haldan Martinson, and collaborated with Hollywood composer David Raiklen in recording and premiering his “Violin Sonata No. 3″, among other collaborations.
Dorisiya is currently a Violin/Viola Teaching Artist at Youth and Family Enrichment Services in Hyde Park, MA, and a Private Violin Instructor at Music & Arts in Newton, MA. Additionally, she teaches lessons through Boston’s Musika Music Lessons program and maintains a private studio in Brighton, MA. In addition to her teaching, Dorisiya is also an enthusiastic performer and freelances in Massachusetts as a solo, chamber music and orchestra musician.