Mila Ionkova is a musician, singer, teacher and conductor who performs and works in the Greater Toronto Area. As a young child at home she played violin and gadulka (a folk string instrument). She went on to study music at the prestigious Lubomir Pipkov High School for the Performing Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria and continued her education at the Academy of Dance and Music Arts in Plovdiv where she graduated with a Master of Music degree in teaching and conducting. She has played professionally with several symphony orchestras in Europe as the featured oboist and has been teaching piano and voice for the past 20 years, specializing in teaching children. On the Toronto Arts scene Mila is active in local operatic productions. Some of the roles she has sung include La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi by Puccini, The Mother in Menotti’s “The Consul”; the title role in Puccini’s “Tosca”; Puccini’s Il Tabarro (with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra) Donna Elvira in “Don Giovanni” by Mozart; Santuzza in Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana”; the title role in Schumann’s “Genoveva”; Amelia in “Un Ballo in Maschera” and Leonora in “La Forza Del Destino” by Verdi. Her Oratorio work includes the soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony #2, Stabat Mater by Dvorak and Mendelssohn Symphony 2 “Lobgesang”.