Mariana Paunova

Mariana Paunova

Canadian pianist and contralto singer
Date of Birth: 13.06.1951
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Mariana Paunova
  2. Early Life
  3. Early Career and Recognition
  4. Professional Achievements
  5. International Recognition
  6. Later Career and Legacy

Biography of Mariana Paunova

Early Life

Mariana Paunova was born on June 13, 1951, in Kapinovo, Bulgaria. She received Canadian citizenship in 1975. After five years of studying at the State Music School in Sofia, Paunova attended a piano course with the pianist and composer Jan Ekier in Poland in the summer of 1967. She then studied piano at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome under Guido Agosti and Vincenzo Vitale from 1967 to 1970.

Early Career and Recognition

In 1970, Paunova won the second prize at the Francesco Paolo Neglia International Piano Competition in Enna, Sicily, which led her to accept an accompanist position at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. In 1971, she became a laureate of the Quebec Music Academy. The same year, Paunova began vocal training under Dina Maria Narici, and in 1972, she participated in a concert with Sarah Fischer and won a silver medal at an international vocal competition in Toulouse.

Professional Achievements

In 1973, Paunova became the winner of the Canadian Music Competition and the CBC Talent Festival. During the summer of that year, she studied the performance of German romances under the guidance of John Newmark at the Orford Art Centre in Oxford. From 1973 to 1976, Paunova worked in the stage mechanics department at McGill Opera Studio with Edith Della Pergola and Luciano Della Pergola.

International Recognition

Paunova's debut performance at Carnegie Hall took place in 1978, where she sang Isaura in a concert version of Rossini's "Tancredi" accompanied by the Opera Orchestra of New York. She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Olga in "Eugene Onegin" in April 1979. Paunova also reprised this role in a concert performance of the opera with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1980.

Later Career and Legacy

In 1983, Paunova recorded Paul Dukas' opera "Ariane et Barbe-bleue" with the Nouvel orchestre philharmonique conducted by Armin Jordan. Throughout her career, Paunova primarily performed and recorded in the United States but also toured in Europe, Mexico, and Canada. She continued to teach at the Manhattan School of Music until her passing on July 27, 2002, in Port Jefferson, New York.