Violetta Toncheva graduated with Master’s degrees in German Studies and Radio Journalism from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. She completed specializations in Radio Journalism at Berliner Rundfunk, Radio Management and Public Relations at Deutsche Welle, Koeln Qualification Center, and Public Media at New Bulgarian University, Sofia, BBC London, and others.
Ms Toncheva worked for the Bulgarian National Radio-Radio Varna as a Broadcast Journalist in Bulgarian and German languages. She authored, produced and hosted daily news and talk shows, public affairs and cultural programs. She served as a moderator at book launch events, art exhibitions, concerts and other public events held in the art studio. During her career in public broadcasting, she also served as a News Editor, Managing Editor, Editor-in-Chief, PR Manager, and BNR Media Observer (2009).
Ms Toncheva taught Radio Management and Public Relations at Varna Free University (2005-2008). In 2010, she became the PR Manager of Varna Opera and Philharmonic Society. She currently serves as the PR Manager of Varna Theater & Music Production Centre, which is home to both Varna State Opera & Drama Theater “Stoyan Bachvarov”.
In 2013 Ms Toncheva became also the PR Manager of NGO Varna Design Forum.
She has translated a number of books and stories from German into Bulgarian. She is an engaging speaker with extensive experience as a moderator at book launch events for major publishing houses such as Slavena, Janet 45, Ciela, Faber, Studio 89, Colibri, Riva, and others. She has presented at exhibitions for art galleries such as Alfa Art, Active Art, Largo, Radio Varna Art Salon, House of Architect (Sofia and Varna), International Biennial of Visual Arts August in Art, Festival of Arts Apollonia (Sozopol), The National Campaign Heritage at Risk, and others.
Violetta Toncheva is the author of books, essays and reviews in the field of media, literature, architecture, fine arts, opera and theatre. She has published in print and online media, including Literary Newspaper, Culture, Bulgaria and Europe, and the Almanac Sveta Gora. Her work has appeared in various magazines: LIK, Architecture, Aspects, Znatsi, Bulgarians (Prague), and in the Books About Varna series, Encyclopedia of Varna, www.liternet.bg, www.theatre.art.bg, www.public-republic.com/, and others.
Violetta Toncheva is the recipient of the Award for Translation of Science Fiction Literature, Union of Bulgarian Translators (1988); Award for Radio Journalism, Union of Bulgarian Journalists (1998); Award for Reviews in Fine Arts, from the “Georgi Velchev” Art Museum (2003); Nomination for the Annual Award “Sirak Skitnik” by the Bulgarian National Radio (2005); “Golden Pen” Award from the Union of Bulgarian Journalists for her “Book of Radio Varna. Tradition Obliges” (2004), and “Book of Radio Varna. Tradition is Modern” (2007); Union of Architects Award for supporting the national campaign “Heritage at Risk” (2008); Honorary Medallion and Diploma by BNR-Radio Varna for promoting the media as a cultural center (2009); Award from Bulart Gallery for reviews on contemporary art (2009), and others.