Denitza Kostova Kucera
小提琴家Denitza Kostova Kucera自習琴以來就是受矚目的焦點，在各種音樂會中擔任獨奏及室內樂演奏。1991年取得美國加州Idyllwild藝術學校全額獎學金，得到赴美留學的機會，1993年雖取得茱莉亞音樂院的入學許可，但在經濟壓力的限制下，她選擇給她全額獎學金的Oberlin Conservatory前往俄亥俄州，並同樣以全額獎學金於克里夫蘭音樂院The Cleveland Institute of Music取得碩士及專業演奏學位（Master of Music Degree and Professional Studies Diploma）。在美國期間，師事Todor Pelev、Taras Gabora、Donald Weilerstein。
Denitza在1992年於加州Rio Hondo Symphony舉辦的Young Artists比賽中獲得首獎，擔任小提琴獨奏與該團演出西貝流士小提琴協奏曲，未滿20歲已灌錄了她的第一張CD。2001年Denitza獲得克里夫蘭音樂院的協奏曲比賽首獎，並擔任小提琴獨奏，與克里夫蘭音樂院管絃樂團演出布拉姆斯《小提琴協奏曲》。在美國的十年間，Denitza除了完成學業並參加多項比賽並贏得多項比賽，在俄亥俄州、南加州、加拿大及義大利舉辦了多場獨奏會，且累積擔任樂團首席、室內樂及弦樂四重奏演出、以及豐富的教學經驗。2002年Denitza返回歐洲，定居在瑞士，先後於Aarau Symphony Orchestra及蘇黎世的Tonhalle Orchester擔任樂團首席，自20015年起擔任琉森交響樂團Luzerner Sinfonieorchester之第一小提琴手，除此之外，並於Alpha Ensemble及the Luzerner Streichoktett擔任第一小提琴手，2013年創立了琉森維克特四重奏（Vector Quartet Luzern）並擔任第一小提琴手。Vector Quartet在瑞士已是相當知名的弦樂四重奏。
Bulgarian violinist Denitza Kucera, born Kostova, has been an active soloist and chamber musician from an early age. Graduate of Plovdiv School of Music, Bulgaria, class of Tatyana Krasteva, Denitza frequently soloed with the Plovdiv Philharmonic, Pazardgik Symphony, Kurdjali Symphony and other orchestras in Bulgaria. She was winner of numerous national music competitions.
In 1991 Denitza was accepted with a full scholarship at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, in the studio of Todor Pelev. While in California, she was winner of the Rio Hondo Symphony Music Competition and appeared as soloist with the Rio Hondo Symphony and the International Chamber Orchestra, with which she recorded her first CD in 1992.
In 1993 Denitza continued her studies at the Oberlin Conservatory with Prof. Taras Gabora. She won the Bach competition, part of the Kingsville International Young Artist Competition in 1995, and played numerous recitals in Oberlin, Southern California, Canada and Italy, where she recorded her second CD in 1996. In 1997 Denitza won the Montgomery International Violin Fellowship Competition, and served as concertmaster of the Montgomery Symphony for one year, and was also a soloist of the Montgomery and Auburn Symphonies.
In 1998 Denitza became a student of Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and received her Master of Music Degree in 2000. She was winner of the Tuesday Musical Club Competition in Akron the same year. In March 2000, Denitza won the CIM concerto competition and appeared as soloist with the CIM orchestra in the Spring Concert Series 2001. Denitza was founder and first violinist of the Mephisto String Quartet, laureate of the Coleman Chamber Music Competition . She has participated in the festivals in Ravinia (USA), Piovera (Italy), Johannessen (Victoria, B.C., Canada), New York String Seminar, Bowdoin (Maine), Colorado and Norfolk (Massachussets), where Mephisto was awarded a fellowship for intense studies with the Tokyo String Quartet.
Denitza was Professor of Violin at Mercyhurst College (Erie, Pennsylvania) from 2001 to 2002 and is on the faculty of Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival since 1997.
In the summer of 2002, Denitza moved back to Europe. From 2002 to 2003, she was concertmaster of the Aarau Symphony Orchestra, followed by a 2-year contract with the Tonhalle Orchester, Zürich. She is a member of the Lucerne Symphonic Orchestra in the first violin section since 2005. From 2007 Denitza became a member of the Alpha Ensemble and the Luzerner Streichoktett. From 2007 to 2010, she was a member of the Alpha Ensemble. In 2013, Denitza founded the Lucerne based Vector String Quartet. The Quartet is prominently featured in Switzerland.