Before joining the Charlotte Symphony in 2007, violist Viara Stefanova played with a variety of prestigious orchestras across the country including the Dallas Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and the New World Symphony. She was also the principal violist for the National Opera and Ballet in her native city of Sofia, Bulgaria and has traveled around the world to perform at several music festivals including Music in the Mountains in Colorado as well as international opera festivals in Switzerland, Japan, and Spain.
Viara received her B.M. in 1998 from the Music Conservatory in Sofia, Bulgaria and, while earning her degree, won first prize at that country’s National Viola Competition in 1996. After receiving full graduate scholarships and assistantships from two universities, Viara went on to earn her Master of Music from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Besides performing, Viara also enjoys spreading her passion for music with others. From 2000 until 2002, she was a music teacher at the “Saint Sofia” Private School and, from 2004 until she joined the CSO in 2007, she also taught violin and viola at Highland Park Middle School in Dallas.