Stella Timenova was born in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) and started her piano studies in her native city with Stella Oslekova at the Dobrin Petkov National Music School. She successfully completed her studies and was awarded the Special Dobrin Petkov Prize for extraordinary musical achievements.

She then continued her studies in Sofia at the Pancho Vladigerov State Academy with Prof. Stella Dimitrova-Maistorova from where she graduated with a Master of Performing Arts with distinction.

Supported by a Swiss state scholarship, Stella Timenova joined the class of Rada Petkov at the Academy of fine arts in Berne, which she completed with a Concert Diploma and highest distinction. She attended master courses with Alexei Nasedkin, Sergey Markarov, Piotr Anderszewski, Christoph Berner, György Nádor and others. She also worked with Gérard Wyss, Sergio Azzolini and Ghena Dimitrova.


Stella Timenova has performed in Bulgaria, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy, France, Hungary, Turkey, North Macedonia and Slovakia. In 2009 she gave her solo debut with the Basel Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Klajner (Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini). As a soloist she did concerts also with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra, the Shumen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Plovdiv Sinfonietta, the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Pazardijk and the Sofia Academic Orchestra.

Stella Timenova has won numerous prizes at national and international competitions:

Prize-winner Phos – Opera Discovery Milano

Prize-winner Odd Fellows, Berne

1st Prize Nikola Stefanov, Sofia

1st Prize Pancho Vladigerov, Shumen

1st Prize for piano accompaniment Pancho Vladigerov, Pleven

2nd Prize Sergey Rachmaninoff, Pleven

2nd Prize Seiler, Sofia

Special Prize for the interpretation of French music Albert Roussel, Sofia

She has also been supported by numerous foundations: Richard Wagner Foundation Bayreuth, The Guth-Dreyfuss Foundation, the St. Albanstift Foundation, the Heidy und Heinrich Bebié-von Gunten-Foundation and others.

Stella Timenova is a sought after chamber musician. Amongst others, she has performed with the Galatea Quartet, the Gemeaux Quartet, the Camerata Variabile, the violinists Daniel Zisman, Corina Belcea, oboist Celine Moinet, flutists Stephane Rety, Aldo Baerten and has worked as a collaborative pianist with Swiss Chamber Opera, International Festival Classionata, Opera Café Zürich etc.

She has made recordings and live broadcastings for the National Bulgarian Radio and Television, Classic FM Radio and Da Vinci Publishing.