about me

Stanimira Withers is a musicologist, educator and pianist. Also, she is a Possibilian, traveler, beauty-finder, idea-collector, people-curious, opera-freak, swimmer, meditator and yogini, student of consciousness, fruit-taster, tea-drinker and wine-lover.

At the age of 7, Mira’s parents asked her whether she wants to play the piano. She said “Yes” and began taking lessons. The following year her parents took a bank loan to buy her an instrument, so she stops ‘practicing’ on table tops. The Great Plan was to become a concert pianist, but life took a different course.

She has a Bachelor degree in Music Pedagogy from the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria, a Masters in Music Studies from the University of Amsterdam, and a PhD in Artistic Research from Leiden University Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, the Netherlands. Also, she has two children, a husband, parents, a dog, and a few white hairs.

Stanimira is much obliged to Terence McKenna, Rumi, Gilles Deleuze, Julian Jaynes, David Bohm, George Carlin, Manuel DeLanda, Dale S. Johnson, Camile Paglia and to many other men, and also some women.

(e.g. Yuja Wang… IS she a woman? Susan Sontag, Hélène Cixous, Marina Abramovic… Tanya Tagaq… is SHE a woman? What does it mean to be a woman after all?)

Throughout all nomadic years of study, work, travel, and life, Mira’s choices have been guided, informed, steered and conducted by music, and particularly, the piano.

Sonate, Que me Veux-tu?