is a Bulgarian violinist who grew up in Helsinki, Finland. She started her musical education at the age of 4, and picked up the violin shortly there after. She has a strong history in classical music, but her passion for music spans across all musical genres which is reflected in the rich and varied projects she has been involved with during her professional career.
She has worked extensively as a freelance musician, recording and performing around the world with major Finnish artists in the popular and classical music genre, like the Tampere Filharmonic, Wegelius Chamber Orchestra, Kari Tapio, Ismo Alanko, Apulanta, Happoradio, Lauri Tähkä, Miss Saana and the Missionaries and Sarah Kivi & Non-Orchestra. A pedagogue for 10 years, Stiliana has taught violin at the Helsinki Conservatory, Espoo Steiner School and Orbinski School of Music to young professional musicians.
Growing up as the daughter of Bulgarian musicians in Finland, her musical background is innately intercultural. She is also studying the techniques and music of the Gadulka, a traditional bowed instrument from Bulgaria.
Playing both acoustic and electric violin is essential to Stiliana’s interest of bridging the gap between the old and the new, which allows her to work in a multitude of musical settings. She plans to use this ability and interest in her work with Bulgarian music, with the goal of fusing the traditional with the contemporary.