Sally Wave is a London-based recitalist, educator and composer with a growing international presence. She has been performing in Europe and the United States as a solo and chamber musician, and as a concerto soloist in Germany and Bulgaria, and more recently in various online festivals.
She has been acclaimed for her piano performances of among other composers Beethoven – to whom she devoted much attention in 2020, the 250thanniversary of the composer’s birth. Her second CD of Beethoven piano sonatas will be launched in due course and recitals programmed on this theme will follow.
Her first CD comprised Chopin waltzes and nocturnes, Scriabin’s 24 preludes and works by Obretenov and Stoyanov.
Her reputation has been further strengthened by performances as a member of the Bourgas Piano Trio and the piano duet Black Sand in London and the US.
Sally Wave is the artistic pseudonym of Savelina Kancheva. She graduated from the Specialist Music School in Bourgas, Bulgaria. Later she attended the Prof Pancho Vladigerov Bulgarian National Music Academy in Sofia and the masterclasses of the renowned Prof Rudolf Kehrer for two years at the F Liszt Hochschule für Musik in Weimar, Germany.
She obtained her master’s degree in piano playing from the Bulgarian National Music Academy in 1996 and completed a PhD in Music and Musical Culture in 2008 with a paper entitled Mendelssohn’s Piano Sonatas.
After success as a solo pianist and chamber musician in Sofia and as a piano teacher of students aged 4-19 at the Bulgarian National School of Culture, Sally moved to the UK focusing on solo and chamber performance and taught at the Tchaikovsky Music Academy London and Music school, London.
She is a member of Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and prepares students for music scholarships many of whom have won top prizes at competitions in London and overseas. Sally herself is a sought-after adjudicator. In the last 12 months, Sally has expanded her portfolio of compositions suitable for advanced, intermediate and early-stage pianists and is adding works for piano and violin, piano and cello, and for flute. The scores are available from the Sheet Music Plus site.
She is now the founder and music director of the London Youth Piano Competition, which is taking registrations for its June 2021 edition. Previously she has co-founded the Wimbledon International Piano Competition.