Bulgarian violist, Elitsa Bogdanova started her studies at the National Music School “L. Pipkov” in Sofia. After moving to London in 2007 she completed her BMus and MMus degrees at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Rachel Roberts. During her time at Guildhall Elitsa developed a keen interest for historical performance, working closely with Jane Rogers and Pavlo Beznosiuk.

 

Elitsa is currently freelancing in the UK, having performed on period instruments with ensembles such as the London Handel Orchestra, La Nuova Musica, Florilegium, Academy of Ancient Music, Solomon's Knot and others. She is the principal violist of La Serenissima, who specialise in the music of Antonio Vivaldi and his contemporaries. As a member of La Serenissima, Elitsa has performed in Germany, France, Italy, Malta and most major venues and festivals in the UK.

 

On modern instruments, Elitsa works regularly with the London Contemporary Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, 12 Ensemble, Camerata Alma Viva and United Strings of Europe and has also worked with the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. Elitsa was the first Bulgarian musician to join the European Union Youth Orchestra back in 2008.

In 2014 and 2015 Elitsa co-directed the interdisciplinary festival "180 degrees" in her hometown, Sofia.