Spot on: obsessed with keeping up the tempo and the need for a delicious cappuccino in the interval.
Bulgarian cellist Linda Mantcheva grew up in a family of musicians. Her musical studies took her to Sofia, Cologne and Berlin. Since 2002, Linda's interest has focused on historically informed performance practice, with postgraduate studies in baroque cello and baroque chamber music in Cologne and Berlin. Ground-breaking in this field were lessons with Markus Möllenbeck, Phoebe Carrai, Bálazs Máté, Love Persson, Richard Gwilt, Gerd Lünenbürger, Alfredo Bernardini, Paolo Pandolfo and others.
She has received awards at chamber music competitions in Germany, Italy and Bulgaria. Since many years, she has played with the ensembles Les Passions de l'Âme, Harmonie Universelle, Continuum, L'arte del mondo, Musica sequenza, Berlin Baroque and others, with whom she performs worldwide.
Linda Mantcheva is occasionally active as a lecturer with a focus on historically informed performance practice, particularly at the Orchesterzentrum NRW in Dortmund, at the R. Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf and as a guest lecturer at the Hochschule der Künste Bern in the context of the courses for ensemble playing with Meret Lüthi. The cellist lives in Berlin, where she also teaches violoncello and orchestral playing.
Her baroque cello was built by the Cologne violin maker Claus Derenbach - a replica of Stradivarius' «Mara» from 1710.