Hailed by critics as a "vibrant and expressive performer who could steal the show in every concert" (New York Times) and "an energetic and lively pianist who displays power and delicacy in nuanced sensitivity along with virtuoso technique" (The Baltimore Sun), Daniela Mineva's unique approach to standard repertory, combined with the performance and dedication of works by living composers, has taken her career throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America.

Daniela has been the winner and finalist in numerous international and national competitions, including 2007 Jean Francaix piano competition in Paris, France, 1998 Steinway International Piano Competition, and the International Competition "Music and the Earth" in Sofia, Bulgaria, among many others. During the Piano Meeting Festival 2007 in San Danielle, Italy, she was awarded with the prize "Highest Artistic Level of Performance" for her solo recital at the festival. In collaboration with the composer Vera Ivanova, the 8th International Competition for new music, Orléans, France awarded them the "Prix André Chevillion - Yvonne Bonnaud sous l'égide de la Foundation de France" for the solo piano piece Aftertouch, written for Daniela Mineva.

Ms. Mineva maintains an active performing career. She has appeared as orchestral soloist, chamber music collaborator and solo artist at some of the most prestigious venues in Bulgaria, USA, China, Italy, France, Greece, Russia, Germany, Thailand and Costa Rica. A strong proponent of new music, Ms. Mineva has collaborated with many young and established composers, as well as collaborating with new music ensembles like Speculum Musica, New York, NY; Earplay; OSSIA, Eastman School of Music; and Twenty One, Rochester, NY. Dr. Mineva has also served as the president of the International Society for Pianists and Composers in the US from 2011-2016.

Ms. Mineva has collaborated with many young and well-established composers like William Bolcom, Lucas Foss, Kaija Saariaho, Libby Larsen, Chen Yi, Bright Sheng, Frederic Rzewski, Julia Wolf, Krassimir Taskov, Vera Ivanova and Carlos Sanchez-Gutiérrez. Her first CD Volume One presents Daniela's passion for the music of our time and its connection to the past masters. In 2013, the Society of Composers on the Capstone Records also featured her recording. Some of her performances have often been heard on WXXI 91.5, Bulgarian National Radio, TV-Canal 1, TV-SAT, Bulgaria, and Radio France Musique.

As an accomplished and versatile chamber musician, Ms. Mineva has participated in many music festivals and summer programs, including Tanglewood Music Festival, Institute for Contemporary Music, New York, and San Danielle Piano Meeting, Italy. Ms. Mineva’s passion for chamber music led to organizing concert series "Humboldt State University Chamber Music Concert Series at Morris Graves Museum" in Eureka, CA. Highlights of the season 2018-19 include concert tours in Asia and Europe with a program by Claude Debussy, Olivier Messiaen and Jonathan Harvey.

A devoted teacher herself, Dr. Mineva has given master classes and workshops throughout the USA, Europe, Asia and South America. She has taught at the North Coast Piano Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, Russalka Piano Festival, Music and Earth Festival and Competition (Bulgaria), to name a few. Currently, she is Professor of Music and Director of Keyboard Studies at Humboldt State University, where in 2012 she won the "McCrone promising faculty award." Previously, Dr. Mineva has taught at Eastman School of Music, where in 2007 she was awarded "TA excellence of teaching" and at Concordia University in Chicago. In 2015, Dr. Mineva and Prof. Guo founded and direct the North Coast Piano Festival, where young pianists from all over the world participate in lessons, master classes and compete at the North Coast Piano Competition for annual performances at Carnegie Hall.

Born in Bulgaria, Daniela began piano lessons at the age of five with her mother as her first teacher. She graduated from Sofia Music Academy with the Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting. Dr. Mineva also holds the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and the Outstanding Graduate Diploma from the University of North Texas as well as Artist Certificate from Northwestern University and Doctor of Music Arts degree, and the Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.

[from program for February 10, 2020 concert]