Dr. Radina Dosseva

Piano Lessons

Teaching Artist - Piano



Languages: English (fluent) | Bulgarian (fluent)
Musical Styles: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Contemporary, Pop, Rock, Folk, Non-Western, Chamber, Broadway, Disney, Film and Video game music, etc. If we can find the score for it, I’ll teach it!
Specialized Skill Levels: All
Additional Areas of Instruction: Piano, Music Theory & Composition, Musician Wellness
Affiliations: Washington Balalaika Society, Washington International Piano Festival, College Music Society, MTNA, VMTA, NVMTA, and BMI.

Adult Students Welcome!


Dr. Radina Dosseva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she began her music studies at the age of 5. She lived in Africa for several years with her family, where she learned about different types of music and cultures. In 2003 she moved to the United States with her family and in 2008 she completed her music education at the Levine School of Music and her high school education at George Mason High School in Virginia.

She went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Music and Sociology from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, followed by a Master’s degree in Music Theory and Composition from East Carolina University in North Carolina. Dr. Dosseva then continued her studies and received a second Master’s degree in Piano Pedagogy from George Mason University in Virginia, followed by a Doctorate in Piano Pedagogy from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where she studied piano with Dr. Nikita Fitenko and piano pedagogy with Dr. James Litzelman.

In 2016, she was a recipient of the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Scholarship for the Mason Community Arts Academy, where she currently works as a teaching artist.

Dr. Dosseva is a member of the College Music Society, MTNA, VMTA, NVMTA, and BMI, and is also a piano, music theory, and composition teacher in the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. areas. Dr. Dosseva is also on the Governing Board of the Washington International Piano Festival (WIPF), which is held every summer on the campus of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Dosseva has more than 10 years extensive teaching experience, both in classroom and private settings, and she welcomes students of all ages and levels. She also regularly attends educational webinars, workshops, and conferences.

In addition to teaching, playing the piano, and composing, Dr. Dosseva also played prima domra (a type of mandolin) for 10 years in the American Balalaika Symphony under the direction of Peter Trofimenko. Dr. Dosseva has performed in numerous concerts of the orchestra in the Washington, D.C. area.

Dr. Dosseva joined the Washington Balalaika Society in 2019, and has already performed in several concerts of the orchestra under the direction of Svetlana Nikonova and Peter Omelchenko.





Building Your Musicianship Skills
Ages 12–18

Tuesdays, 7:15 – 8:15 pm
February 14 – April 25, 2023 (10 weeks)


Email academy@gmu.edu or call 703-993-9889 for more information about Radina.

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