Vocally outstanding, stylistically elegant, innovative and passionate Ana Velinova has won the love and admiration of jazz lovers around the globe. 
 
Jazz vocalist, songwriter and poetess Ana has inspired diverse audiences with her wide range arstistic talents. With a repertoire extending from Ellington, Dorsey and Jobim, to Mozart and Stravinsky, Ana has shared the stage with accomplished jazz artists including Bob Moses, Neil Swainson, Don Thompson, Marc Seales, Brad Turner, Phil Dwyer, Willard Dyson, Jeff Johnson to name a few. 
 
A highlight of Velinova’s 2018 season is the upcoming release of her sixth album entitled Could It Be. This new project features an extraordinary team of award winning Canadian and US musicians Phil Dwyer on sax, Miles Black on piano, Rene Worst on bass, Willard Dyson on drums and a guest performance by Brad Turner on trumpet. 
 
“Yet, none of her background information prepares you for the sumptuous sounds this beautiful lady produces. She is definitely of star quality. 
A big hand for the little lady.”       
~Grady Harp (Amazon.com top 100 reviewer)
 
Ana revived vigorous critical acclaim for her albums: The Thief 2014 Remix which had the esteemed recognition of reaching #10 on the CMJ Top 40 American Jazz Chart and the Earshot (Canadian) National Jazz Charts in 2014 and December Wishing which reached #7 on the CMJ top 40 Jazz charts in 2015 finding its place among a list of jazz legends. 

 

A native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Ana Velinova has lived and performed in major North American cities since 1993. During her eight years in New York City she explored the avant-garde music and arts scene and formed the band ‘Ensemble Gergana.’ The eclectic band released a CD of entirely improvised music showcasing Ana's unique improvisational vocal skills, poetry and adventurous artistry. 

In 2006, Ana moved to Canada, BC and was invited to help establish the vocal wing of the Jazz Department at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, in the position of Head-Vocal Jazz Instructor and Vocal Jazz Ensemble Conductor. In addition to her solo career Ana Velinova dedicates time to teaching and conducting adult and youth choirs and vocal jazz ensembles. She is also well known for her entrepreneur work as a concert producer and vocal workshops facilitator. 
Ana Velinova holds a Master's Degree in Jazz & Contemporary-Classical Voice Performance from the Longy School of Music in Boston, undergraduate studies in Vocal Jazz from the Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles and a Diploma in classical Guitar from the National Music School in Bulgaria. Post graduate she has studied voice with world-renowned classical/opera divas: Mrs. Stefka Evstatieva and Mrs. Lucy Shelton. 
 
"The singing of Ana Velinova has a wonderfully sparkling, refreshing quality.
Velinova is a poet as well as a singer, and her original words offer constant interest."

~John Watson, Jazz Camera UK
 
Ana Velinova is the Founder of the Bulgarian Children’s Choir and School “GergAna” in New York City which was named after her Bulgarian name in 2006. In the past eight years she presided as the conductor of the Victoria Conservatory of Music Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the Eagle Arts Academy Youth Choir and has worked with the One Human Family Gospel Choir as a director and vocal coach. 

Ana took a couple of years off from performing and teaching to devote her life to motherhood and little son Julian.