Trinity Laban graduate joins prestigious London Philharmonic development programme

Ralitsa Naydenova

Violist Ralitsa Naydenova has been selected for Foyle Future Firsts, a leading professional development programme run by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Each year Foyle Future Firsts provides opportunities and training for up to 16 exceptional young orchestral performers who have completed their studies and are embarking on a performance career at the highest level. Members get to study with London Philharmonic principals, join in rehearsals and even perform with the world-renowned orchestra.

In addition to being selected for the Foyle Future Firsts programme, Ralitsa is one of 33 performers taking up a position with Southbank Sinfonia in 2016, where she will be joined in the viola section by current Trinity Laban student Caleb Sibley.

An accomplished violinist as well as violist, Ralitsa studied viola at Trinity Laban with Rivka Golani and Emmanuella Reiter. Ralitsa comments:

‘I’m so happy to be accepted by the Foyle Future Firsts programme as well as the Southbank Sinfonia. I feel rewarded for my hard work, but I also learned a lot from my teachers. I was fortunate enough to study with the great Rivka Golani and later, Emmanuella Reiter, who had a particularly strong influence on my development as an artist.’

Ralitsa graduated in 2014 with a MMus from Trinity Laban, where ground breaking new orchestral programmes such as Side by Side are available to students. Side by Side brings principal players from the UK’s top orchestras into the conservatoire to rehearse and perform with students, and offer invaluable guidance and advice.

The next Side by Side project takes place on 10 December, and sees Trinity Laban viola professor Roger Chase take the soloist’s role in Berlioz’ Harold in Italy:

To learn more about Foyle Future Firsts please visit the London Philharmonic website: