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New UMBC, Peabody Partnership Strengthens Musical Training and Innovation

A new partnership between the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University will bring Peabody Conservatory students Mauricio Rey Gallego, cellist, and Teodora Adzharova, pianist, to UMBC to coach chamber music students and to perform in Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall. The Peabody Residency at UMBC begins this fall.

Together Rey Gallego and Adzharova will lead three class sessions under the mentorship of UMBC Music Faculty member Airi Yoshioka in which they will coach UMBC chamber music students on musical and career preparation skills. The residency will culminate in a free, public performance by Rey Gallego and Adzharova on Sunday, November 13, featuring works by Beethoven, Bach, and Brahms.

“Bringing together the different kinds of students that we each have at our schools in a meaningful way is an important goal of this partnership,” says UMBC Music Department Chair Linda Dusman. “Our undergraduate students will benefit from working with more advanced students and having the opportunity to envision careers in music through contact with Peabody’s young professionals.”

“One of the strengths of this collaboration stems from the fact that UMBC’s music program focuses on new music, on experimentation and innovation – and does so in a gorgeous new concert hall,” says Sarah Hoover, Special Assistant to the Dean for Innovation, Interdisciplinary Partnerships and Community Initiatives at Peabody. “We hope that our partnership will help build audiences for Linehan Concert Hall while providing important developmental experience for Peabody students.”

UMBC’s Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Dr. Scott Casper notes, “This partnership represents a remarkable opportunity for students at UMBC and the Peabody Institute to learn and grow by working together. We look forward to the future collaborative opportunities that will emerge from this beginning.”

Mauricio Rey Gallego was born in Madrid (Spain) in 1991, and began playing the cello when he was 8 years old, studying at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música in Valladolid until he was 17. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música in Madrid. A student of Amit Peled, he completed the Master of Music degree at Peabody in 2015 and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Peabody. As an orchestral musician, Rey Gallego has performed in Spain, France, Germany, Finland, and the United States. He was a member of JONDE (National Youth Orchestra of Spain) for three years, performing with the orchestra in the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid and in the Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin, Germany. Rey Gallego has also participated in a number of festivals and music courses throughout Europe and the United States, including the Fórum de Violoncellos de España, Escuela y Festival Internacional de Música Ciudad de Lucena PRESJOVEM, and Cursos Superiores de Música Unicaja, the Touquet International Music Masters Festival, Interlochen, Chautauqua, and the International Cello Festival at Towson University.

Teodora Adzharova was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and began piano study at the age of 7. By the time she graduated from high school, she had won both national and international competitions in Bulgaria, France, Germany, Macedonia, and the Czech Republic. She has studied at the Conservatory in Bulgaria and the University of Central Arkansas. After earning a master’s degree at Peabody, she joined the Peabody Conservatory and Preparatory faculties and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in the studio of Ellen Mack. She is the accompanying coordinator at the Peabody Institute.

Information on the November 13 recital at UMBC by Rey Gallego and Adzharova can be found at

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