Born in Gabrovo, Bulgaria, Dorisiya Yosifova is a Boston-based violinist and instructor. Her musical training began very early on, and her first solo debut came at the age of 7 with the Gabrovian Chamber Orchestra in Bulgaria. By the time Dorisiya was in middle school, she had already committed to pursuing music for a career and was accepted to the National School of Music in Sofia. There, under the instruction of Katya Dramalieva, Dorisiya won numerous national and international competitions.
At 15, Dorisiya won a full scholarship to the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California and left her home country to study in the US. During her years at Idyllwild, Dorisiya won the Idyllwild Arts Academy Concerto Competition and the Eastern Music Festival award for Orchestral excellence, as well as Idyllwild Arts Academy’s “Most Outstanding Freshman” award. She gained invaluable training in ensemble playing as concertmaster of the Idyllwild Arts Academy orchestra, and in solo playing in master classes with Midori Goto, Sergiu Schwartz, Ian Swensen, and others. Additionally at 18, Dorisiya collaborated with folk legend Richard Thompson and Harry Shearer in recording and premiering Thompson’s album, “Cabaret of Souls.”
In 2015, Dorisiya completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Oberlin Conservatory. There, she studied with Gregory Fulkerson and Marilyn McDonald. During her time at Oberlin, she played in orchestra and chamber music ensembles under the direction of Raphael Jimenez and Timothy Weiss. She has also performed alongside the Jupiter Quartet in Oberlin’s Winter Term Intensive chamber music festival, performed at Carnegie Hall with the conservatory’s orchestra during their New York tour, and New York’s Le Poisson Rouge as part of the Next Festival. During her time at the conservatory, Dorisiya has played as Concertmaster and Principal Second with the Round Top Festival Orchestra, as well as with the Next Fest Orchestra, and in 2015 she won Marrowstone’s string fellowship award. A passionate instructor, Dorisiya was also a part of Oberlin Conservatory’s Secondary Student program and as such taught violin lessons to college students and other community members.
Most recently, Dorisiya earned a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance (’17) at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. During her time at the Conservatory, she took part in a string leadership masterclass for principal players with Boston Symphony Orchestra member Haldan Martinson and performed as Principal Second violinist with multiple orchestras at the conservatory. Dorisiya is a student of Rictor Noren, with whom she studies violin and string pedagogy.
In addition to maintaining a private studio in Brookline, MA, Dorisiya currently teaches violin and viola at the Boston School of Music Arts in Dorchester, MA and the First Presbyterian Church in South Boston. She is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Maud Powell String Institute in Medford, MA, which will officially launch later this year. Last summer, Dorisiya took part in the “Teaching the Violin to Children” workshop at the String Academy of Wisconsin, where she closely observed renowned pedagogues Mimi Zweig (Indiana University) and Darcy Drexler (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee). In addition to her teaching, Dorisiya is also an enthusiastic performer and freelances in Massachusetts as a solo, chamber music and orchestra musician. She is the co-founder of the Violin-Viola duo femme fuoco, with which she performs regularly in Massachusetts and also plays as a Principal Second Violinist in the newly emerged Apollo Ensemble of Boston. She has also played in the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra as a section member and the Lowell House Opera in Cambridge as concertmaster. Dorisiya can be found performing in local venues, such as King’s Chapel, Wellesley Library, the Art Complex Museum and various other concert venues in Massachusetts.