Linda Mantcheva was born in 1977 in Sofia, Bulgaria. At the age of five, she started playing the cello and her first teacher was her father - a violinist and a luthier. In 1996, she graduated from the National High-School of Music in Sofia, and soon after moved to Germany to pursue her musical career. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in cello and Music Education at the Cologne Conservarory. Further, she specialised in Historical Performance Practice, had two years of studies in Baroque Chamber Music at the Cologne Conservatory and received a Bachelor degree in Baroque cello at the Berlin University of the Arts. She has studied with renowned teachers as Phoebe Carrai, Markus Möllenbeck, Reiner Zipperling and Richard Gwilt.
Linda has received numerous awards at Chamber Music Competitions in Bulgaria, Italy and Germany. Between 2008-2010, she had a scholarship from the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation “LiveMusicNow“ in Berlin. Currently, Linda is playing with various ensembles throughout Europe, such as the Zurich Baroque Orchestra “Musica Inaudita”, “Cordevento” (Amsterdam), “Les passions de L'Ame” (Bern), “Concerto con Anima” (Cologne), and “L'arte del mondo” (Cologne). With some of these ensembles, she has performed at the Utrecht Early Music Festival, Van Wassenaer Festival-Amsterdam, Savannah Music Festival-USA, Luxuria Europae-Sofia, Thuringian Bach Weeks, Bach Biennale-Weimar. She has appeared in concerts at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Philharmonic Hall of St. Petersburg, Kleine Zaal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Music Hall. She is a member of Trio Dilma and they often organise interactive concerts for young children.
Linda Mantcheva lives in Berlin, where she teaches cello at the Fanny Hensel State School of Music.
She plays on a Baroque Cello made by the luthier Claus Derenbach, after Stradivari's "Mara" from 1710.