DANIELA IVANOVA was born in 1977 in Burgas, Bulgaria, and received her first violin and piano lessons at the age of four years, and later also studied viola, vocals and baroque violin. After she completed in 1999 her studies as a violist at the Bulgarian National Academy with a Bachelors degree, she continued her education with Hanspeter Ochsenohofer at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where she passed the diploma exam in 2008 with distinction.
Her talent was being noticed, and so it is not surprising that Daniela Ivanova also received scholarships from multiple institutions: In 2001 she was awarded the Gottfried von Einem Fellowship of the Herbert von Karajan Centre in Vienna. In the academic year 2004/2005 her studieswere supported by a grant from the Austrian Dr. Martha Sobotka-Charlotte Janeczek Foundation and the Swiss Maggini Foundation. In the years 2002 to 2004, she was granted a scholarship from the Dr. Robert and Lina Thyll Foundation (Switzerland). In 2003 she was awarded the "frauen.kunst.preis" (music section) by Austrian Federal Minister Elisabeth Gehrer.
In 2004, Daniela founded a chamber orchestra that regularly performs concerts in Vienna. She gained important artistic inspiration at master classes and workshops for conducting with Simeon Pironkoff, Ralf Weikert, Daniel Harding, Tibor Bogányi and Filip Pavišić.
Since September 2007 Daniela Ivanova has been permanent violist at the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera. In 2010 she was accepted as a permanent member in the Vienna Philharmonic. In addition to her passion as a practicing conductor and educator, she also appears as soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Israel, Japan and USA.