Rada Hadjikostova-Schleuter was born in Bulgaria and started playing music at the age of six. She finished her violin studies at the National Academy in Sofia in 1996, where she received the third prize in a competition for soloists. She trained under Margarita Karafilova, Josif Radionov, Ifrah Neaman, Dimiter Kosev, Tomasz Tomaszewski, Gabor Takacs, Sandor Devich, Herwig Zack and Walter Levin and with the Bartok, Amadeus, Janacek, Debussy, Parisii and Ysaÿe Quartets.
While with the Forte Quartet she received a scholarship for three consecutive years to attend the Summer Academy in Prague, Vienna and Budapest, where she received first prize for best contemporary interpretation. Rada was a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Chile from 1996 to 1999. Further studies in Germany saw her obtain a postgraduate diploma in Würzburg in 2002 before graduating from Geneva Conservatoire with a violin soloist diploma in 2004, where she received the Adolf Neumann special prize for best solo violin.
Rada was a member of Incanto quartet between 2003 and 2006, with whom she studied and received a postgraduate degree for string quartet from Geneva Conservatoire. She is also a graduate of the National Conservatory of Paris.
Rada is a founding member of Ensemble Vortex and currently holds the position of professor of violin at the Conservatoire Populaire de Musique de Genève.
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