About us

ARDENZA
FOUNDATION

Foundation

OUR PASSION

Based in Sofia, Bulgaria, the Ardenza Foundation is an award-winning cultural organization led by seasoned musicians with a passion for bringing people together through collaborative music projects.

Ardenza Foundation founders Daniela Dikova, Geoffrey Dean, and Galina Koycheva are also the Ardenza Trio, a well-known classical chamber music ensemble.

MANAGMENT

OUR TEAM

Ardenza Managing Board
Daniela Dikova, Executive Director
Galina Koycheva, Development Director
Geoffrey Dean, Projects Director (USA/Bulgaria)
Soomi Kim, Director-At-Large (South Korea/Bulgaria)
Susan Brownfield, Director-At-Large (USA)​

Ardenza Staff
Kamen Daaliyski, Technical Director​
Victoria Dimitrova, Visual Designer​​​
​​​​​Raika Timcheva, Coordinator​​​​​​​​​​​​
​​Severin Vassilev, Coordinator ​​
Lili Vrabcheva, Coordinator​​
Sabina Yordanovа, Coordinator ​​

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OUR PARTNERS

Why Ardenza?

OUR NAME

We were recently asked about the name of our organization. This is how we answered:

Ardenza is what chamber music demands of the people who play it. It’s an Italian word meaning passion, excitement, earnestness—just think of ardor and ardent.

The adjective ardente can be found in French, Italian, and Portuguese with additional meanings such as burning, fiery, flaming, ardent, fervent, raging, yearning, fierce, earnest, warm, live, torrid, hot-blooded.

In the remaining Romance languages, it’s arder (to burn in Spanish) and ardere (combustion in Romanian).

If you are really passionate about getting together with like-minded musicians to play chamber music, then the music you make will be ardent – from that initial spark, the flame will follow. When the excitement is there, you can hear it in the performance.

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For COMPETITIONS only:
competitions@ardenzamusic.org

For general questions:
info@ardenzamusic.org