Ganeva, Daniella

Mallet Artist

Daniella Ganeva, born in Bulgaria and now resident in the UK, is considered to be one of the finest marimba artists of our time. She has performed in many of the major venues in the UK and abroad and has twice been invited to perform at the Percussive Arts Society's International Convention. Her solo and collaborative work has earned her great respect from audiences and musicians worldwide and extraordinary critical acclaim. Her concerto performances have been given under the direction of internationally acclaimed musicians, including Normunds Sne (Latvia), John Gibbons (UK), Michael Kibblewhite (UK), John Georgiadis (UK). She has given duo performances with many great artists, including Ney Rosauro (Marimba), Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet), Kai Stensgaard (Marimba), Marimba Nandayapa, Paul Jackson (Piano), Jane Coster (Flute), Eric Sammut (Marimba) and Simon Haram (Saxophone). Ensemble work includes performances with Subway Piranhas, the Steve Martland Band, Crash Ensemble, Velvet Garden and the David Le Page Ensemble.

A dedicated educator, Daniella is in much demand with universities and colleges across Europe and the Americas for her inspirational master classes and performances. As a highly regarded teacher, she shares her wisdom with students from around the world and is the professor of marimba studies at the Royal College of Music, London and the Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Daniella has also developed and directs the first Postgraduate Advanced Solo Marimba Studies Programme in London, at the Royal College of Music -

In addition to her busy performing and teaching career, Daniella is regularly in the recording studio (both as a guest and as a soloist). Of the various recordings she has been involved with it is her solo albums that have been hugely successful around the world. Recently, her album ‘Dream of the Cherry Blossoms’, featuring the music of Japanese composers, was re-released, titled ‘Time for Marimba’ and includes performances that are regarded by many to be amongst the finest of this repertoire yet available. Daniella is hoping to complete two very contrasting new albums this year that will include works especially written for her and new publications.

Whether performing in the concert hall or gracing the television/radio airwaves, Daniella delights audiences with her passionate and energetic style. "This is an instrument with a huge dynamic range" says Daniella, "and one that can sing with the beauty and innocence of a child or with the aggression of a rock band!"

Daniella Ganeva is a Mike Balter Mallets and Marimba One artist and endorses the products of Sabian Cymbals and Grover-Pro Percussion, and is a member of the International Keyboard Committee of the Percussive Arts Society.