Born in Varna, Bulgaria, our CEO, Kalin Tchonev, studied piano performance and music theory in high school before obtaining a bachelor's and master's of music at the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria, and additional master's degrees in choral conducting and piano performance from the School of Music at the University of South Carolina. In addition to his performance and conducting experience, Kalin brings skills in music management, international tours, and festival organization to meet clients’ needs.
Our Director of Operations, Sharon Tchonev, left her home in Israel to earn her law degree from the University of South Africa in Pretoria. After graduation, she worked as a Communications and PR Manager, organizing international conferences that hosted thousands of leaders from more than 100 countries. In 1998, Sharon moved to the United States where she spearheaded fundraising activities for underprivileged people in Sub-Saharan Africa. After marrying Kalin in 1998, she joined the Varna staff where her unique combination of organizational skills and heart to serve have had a significant impact on the company’s culture.
So much of what makes Varna International unique is the depth of its founders’ love of country, family and music, much of which is captured in this video.