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Svetla Protich started learning piano at the age of 5, under renowned pedagogue Prof. Dimitar Nenov. She performed her first solo-recital when she was only 8 years old, and at the age of 9, she was invited to become a member of the prestigious Bulgarian Society of Performing Artists & Musicians. At 15, Svetla Protich was admitted a full-time undergraduate student at the Sofia Conservatory of Music, and she graduated when she was just 20 years old, with honors. In the following years, Svetla Protich pursued a Master Degree at Bucharest Conservatory of Music, under Prof. Florica Musicescu, whose list of students includes also legendary pianist Dinu Lipati. From the awesome mentor and pianist Prof. Musicescu, Svetla Protich learned many secrets, such as the beautiful and unique cantabile tone generation, and a deep understanding of the various piano music styles.

After completing her education, Svetla Protich became an active concert pianist. She performed as soloist of the Sofia Philharmony and several other orchestras. In addition, she also pursued a successful career as a pianist soloist. Her outstanding performances were recognized in dozens of countries around the world: former USSR, France, Italy, Poland, Egypt, Norway, Hungary, former Czechoslovakia, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, USA, etc. In 1981, Svetla Protich performed her solo debut recital in London, at the world famous Wigmore Hall. In the same year, following an invitation from the Austrian Ministry of Culture, Svetla Protich completed a 1-year professional specialization in the music of Mozart and Schubert, themed “stylistical interpretation & performance”.

Svetla Protich is currently a Professor Emerita of Piano Music at the prestigious Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, where she taught undergraduate and graduate level classical piano for over 25 years. Together with her work as a pedagogue and scholar, she continues to perform actively at solo recitals, or as a soloist of Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2010, Svetla Protich relocated to the United States, where she founded the FortePiano Academy piano school in Houston.

Svetla Protich recorded with labels such as Harmonia Mundi, Balkanton, Pyramid Records, Nimbus Records, King Records, performing the works of Mozart, Schubert, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, J.S. Bach, etc. Her distinctions include: 1st place at two Bulgarian National Competitions, and one International Competition (1968 in Moscow, USSR); Laureate of the Order of St.Cyril and St.Methodius for her achievement and contributions to the Bulgarian culture; Silver Lyre award by the Union of the Bulgarian Musicians; prestigious Artist Emeritus title issued by the Government of Republic Bulgaria, for her skilled performances and musical talent; Vega Competition (Takarazuka): member of the jury; Osaka Shanghai Piano Competition (Osaka): member of the jury; International Chamber Music Competition (Osaka): 3 times a member of the critically acclaimed jury presided by Sir Yehudi Menuhin.

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