'Cellist Yoanna Prodanova was born in Bulgaria in 1992. In her early teens, she moved to Canada where she studied at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Denis Brott. She completed her Bachelor and Masters degrees at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying with Louise Hopkins, Rebecca Gilliver and Richard Lester. In 2018, Yoanna continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music on their prestigious Advanced Diploma course as a Bicentenary Scholar learning with Hannah Roberts.
Yoanna performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician in the UK, Europe and Canada. Recent concerto highlights include Haydn with the RAM String Orchestra, Dvorak with the Surrey Philharmonic, and Elgar with Banbury and Amati Orchestras.
In recital, Yoanna has played in St. Magnus, Buxton and Lincolnshire Festivals, and in halls such as Milton Court Concert Hall, Barbican Hall and St. John’s Smith Square. Other festival appearances include Rencontres de violoncelle de Bélaye (France), Festival de los Siete Lagos (Argentina).
Yoanna's debut CD comprising of works by Fauré, Janacek and Chopin with pianist Mihai Ritivoiu will be released later this year. She also recently recorded Brahms' Clarinet Trio with Joseph Shiner and Somi Kim, which was released on Orchid Classics in 2019.
Passionate about chamber music, Yoanna enjoys collaborating with artists such as Andrew Marriner, David McCarrol and the Doric Quartet. She is also the cellist of the Barbican Quartet, recent winners of the 2019 Joseph Joachim Quartet Competition.
Yoanna plays on a cello by Giuseppe Gagliano, generously provided by the Canimex Group, Canada.