About Dr. Denitsa VanPelt
Dr. Denitsa VanPelt holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (DMA and BM summa cum laude) and Bowling Green State University (MM).
Dr. VanPelt started piano studies at the age of five. She enrolled in the Dobrin Petkov School of Music in Plovdiv, Bulgaria at the age of six and made her solo recital debut at the age of eight. In 2001 she was the first high school recipient of a National Diploma for Academic Excellence and Artistic Achievement from the Bulgarian Ministry of Education. Dr. VanPelt moved the United States in 2001 to pursue her piano studies as the recipient of a full-tuition scholarship at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
As a performer, Dr. VanPelt has won numerous piano competitions and has played hundreds of solo and chamber music concerts in Europe and USA. She has collaborated with outstanding musicians, including James Bunte, professor of saxophone and head of the Performance Studies Division at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Jeremy Long, associate professor of saxophone at Miami University, Timothy McAllister, associate professor of saxophone at the University of Michigan, and Jörgen van Rijen, principal trombonist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
As a pedagogue, Dr. VanPelt believes in the importance of early childhood music instruction. Her childhood training and her experience in the American higher education system have led her to explore various pedagogical methods. She believes strongly in the Suzuki piano method and completed her training with the world renowned Suzuki trainer Mary Craig Powell. Dr. VanPelt provides a well-rounded music education by combining Suzuki and traditional methods Her students regularly receive the highest recognition in achievement programs and local music events.