Yoanna Prodanova is an exceptionally talented young cellist 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 Bachelors and Masters degrees at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
(funded by the 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 Bicentenary Scholarship Scheme in 2018.
She regularly performs in the UK, Europe and Canada and has appeared in such venues as
Wigmore Hall, Milton Court and Barbican Hall, Casa de Musica Porto and Tonhalle Zurich. Her
performances, including concertos, have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, CBC Radio 1 and
Medici TV. Yoanna has participated in IMS Prussia Cove, Music Academy of the West, London
Masterclasses, Banff and Kronberg Academy with Ralph Kirshbaum, Ferenc Rados, Gary
Hoffman and Janos Starker, amongst others. Yoanna has been the recipient of the 2016 Philip
and Dorothy Green Award for Young Artists as well as the Sylva Gelber Award for two
A dedicated chamber musician, Yoanna is the cellist of the Barbican String Quartet who made
their Wigmore Hall debut in 2017 as part of the Maisie Lewis Award and won the St Martin-in-
the-Fields Competition a year later.
She plays on a 1788 Giuseppe Gagliano cello generously loaned to her by the Canimex Group.