Dr. Virginia Atanassova is presently one of the most famous Bulgarian conductors and musicologists. Born in Sofia, she graduated with honors the Bulgarian State Academy of Music in Sofia. She has specialized orchestra conducting at the Weimar summer courses with Prof. Igor Markevitch and Prof. Julius Calmar, Vienna, and choir conducting in Vienna with Prof. Felix De Nobel and Prof. Gunter Theuring. Currently, she is a Full Professor in Choral conducting at the Academy of Music, Sofia and former Assoc. Professor at the American College of Thessaloniki, Greece. She also holds a Doctor of Music Art in Performance (1993) and a Ph.D. (1996) degree.
She has defended two dissertations on European early Baroque music in the field of choral music and performance practice. She did lecturing and research on Renaissance and Baroque Music in Germany with a fellowship of DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) in 1990/91. In 1992 she made a research on Renaissance and Baroque Music as a Guest Professor in “Schola Cantorum Basiliensis”, Basel, Switzerland. Her first dissertation was accepted in the Library of Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. She was also a Fulbright Honorary Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison-School of Music, USA, in 1995/96 and has lectured at Yale University, CT, Northwestern University, Evanston, Chicago, IL, Washington D.C., and other American Universities. Her Baroque monograph “Choral Traditions and Styles of Performance during the 17-th century” was accepted in the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. in 1995.
In year 2005 she gave a cycle of lectures on early Baroque music at the Universite de Paris, France.
Virginia Atanassova-Lialios is chief conductor of the “Tutti Soli” Chamber Vocal-Instrumental Collegium, Sofia. Under her baton, the Collegium has won a number of international and national prizes and toured successfully in Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Greece, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Holland, Finland, and other European countries.