one, who “attracted the attention of theBulgarian composers to the harp and
they began to compose for her”(Lazar Nikolov,
preeminent Bulgarian composer), showed her musical talent at avery early age. Sheplayed harmonica, accordion, piano,
but the harp was her love fromfirst
sight. When NicanorZabaleta
heard her playing, he was fascinated and recommended the young harpist to theItalian
pedagogue Liana Pasquali, at this time professor at
the Bucharest Conservatory.
Ravnopolska’s outstanding participation in a
series of important international competitions, including those of Gargilesse in Berry,
Munich, and Jerusalem amazed Susann
McDonald, distinguished professor of music in Julliard school, New York and the
Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington.
McDonald invited Anna-Maria to continue studying with her in the US. There she
was accepted in the Artist Diploma program “for outstanding performers”
andwas able to complete it in only
one yearbecoming the first Bulgarian
harpist to receive the Artist Diploma “for superior artistic achievement in
"received a rousing welcome" (Musical America) when she made her New York debut at
Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in 1992.She had previously been introduced to American audiences on the
McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase of WQXR radio in New York as one of the
leading musical talents of her generation. Now Ravnopolska-Deanwas elected to the visiting
artist roster of the North Carolina Arts Council before returning to her
to help foundingthe AmericanUniversity
where she teaches harp, piano and several theoretical courses.
Ravnopolska-Dean continues to appear as a soloist
at leading venues and forums such as the World Harp Congresses in Vienna,
Copenhagen, Seattle, and Prague, and at Munich's Gasteig.
At theEighth World Harp Congress, Geneva, she prooved
that even having apartial paralysis
of her left hand she can be the leadingharp and have a separate solo performance. She
has developed a huge repertoire that includes many of her own transcriptions
and compositions and works composed especially for her.To date she has given the world or regional
premieres of about eighty compositions.Her discography includes seven compact disc releases devoted to music
for solo harp on the Gega New and Arpad'oro labels.