Cellist Yoanna Prodanova was born in Bulgaria in 1992. She moved to Canada in her early teens
before starting her studies at the Conservatoire de Montréal with Denis Brott and obtaining a Diplôme
d’études Supérieures (with highest honours). She completed her Bachelor and Master degrees at the
Guildhall School of Music and Drama (funded by the Guildhall Trust, Frost Trust and Help Musicians UK)
with Louise Hopkins, Richard Lester and Rebecca Gilliver before continuing her studies in at the Royal
Academy of Music with Hannah Roberts on the prestigious Advanced Diploma course as a Bicentenary
Scholar in 2018.
Yoanna is recipient of the 2016 Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Artistst, as well as the Sylva
Gelber Award for two consecutive years. As a concerto soloist she has performed with the Amati
Orchestra, Banbury Symphony and Surrey Philharmonic, as well as the Sinfonia de Lanaudière (Canada)
and Dobrich Chamber Orchestra (Bulgaria).
She regularly performs in the UK, Europe and Canada and has appeared in such venues as the Wigmore
Hall, Milton Court and Barbican Hall, Casa de Musica Porto and Tonhalle Zurich. Her festival appearances
include recitals in St Magnus, Buxton and Harrogate festivals, as well as chamber music in Festival dos
Siete Lagos (Argentina), Rencontres de violoncelle de Bélaye, Alderney and Newbury Festivals, among
others. She has also participated in IMS Prussia Cove, Music Academy of the West, London
Masterclasses, Banff and Kronberg Festival. Her performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, CBC
Radio 1 and Medici TV.
A dedicated chamber musician, Yoanna is the cellist of the Barbican String Quartet, who did their
Wigmore Hall début in 2017 thanks to the Maisie Lewis Award, and are also recipients of the RPS Frost
Award. She regularly works with pianist Mihai Ritivoiu. The duo is making their first recording in 2019 for
Linn Records comprising of works by Janacek, Fauré and Chopin. Additionally, her recording of Brahms
chamber music for clarinet and piano with Joseph Shiner and Somi Kim is released by Orchid Classics in 2019.
Yoanna plays on a 1788 Giuseppe Gagliano cello generously loaned to her by the Canimex Group.