Classical musicians Ralitsa and Alexander have run Orpington Music Studio since February 2022. As well as teaching piano and organising events for the studio, they perform and take part in many musical projects of their own.
Ralitsa Petrova is a classical pianist with over 15 years of experience in performing and teaching. She is a prize-winner of numerous international piano competitions such as the Steinway Förderpreis Piano Competition in Hamburg and performs solo and chamber music recitals across Europe. Ralitsa has been a soloist with several symphony orchestras and has recorded the piano concertos of J.S. Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens and Schostakovitsch. She has performed in masterclasses with Dmitri Bashkirov, Georg Friedrich Schenk, Paul Badura-Skoda and Adolfo Barabino.
Ralitsa is an avid student of art, philosophy and modern languages; she is fluent in English, Bulgarian, Italian and German. She is currently studying Masters in Piano Performance at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp, Belgium where she is conducting a research project on Rachmaninoff’s Études-Tableaux, which she will record in 2024.
Alexander Edward Ling (born in the south of England in 1994) is a composer and pianist. His church music has been performed in churches across London as part of the London Festival for Contemporary Church Music 2023. In the past year Alexander has also set poems by John Masefield and Walter de la Mare; his setting of the poem Snow was awarded first prize in composition by the Association of English Singers and Speakers. Alexander’s experience as an orchestrator and arranger has seen him work alongside Terry Davies, Laura Jurd, Ben Corrigan, Robert Ames, the London Contemporary Orchestra and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures to name a few.
Alexander is also Assistant Director of Music at St. John the Baptist Church in Catford, where he plays organ and conducts the choir.
In April 2023, Alexander walked the 100 mile South Downs Way in memory of his music teacher Martin Read who died in 2012. Alexander is a trustee of the Martin Read Foundation charity.