Antoaneta Emanuilova was born in Bulgaria and moved to Germany at the age of seven. She studied with Wolfgang Boettcher and Jens-Peter Maintz in Berlin, as well as with Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School in New York. She was a recipient of fellowships from the Villa Musica, ZEIT Foundation of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and Landessammlung Baden-Württemberg. Antoaneta Emanuilova plays regularly international concerts as a soloist and has been recognized with several awards, including the First Prize at the Domenico Gabrielli Competition in Berlin and the Grand Prize at the Music and Earth International Competition.

An avid chamber musician, Emanuilova has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Thomas Brandis, Jörg Widmann, Nils Mönkemeyer, Anna Prohaska, Amihai Grosz, Lauma Skride, Pauline Sachse, Martin Spangenberg, Ilan Gronich and the Kuss Quartet. In 2007 Antoaneta Emanuilova was assigned her first permanent position as an Associate Principal Cellist of the Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne. Since then, she has been invited regularly to perform as principal cellist with leading orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Balthasar-Neumann- Ensemble. From 2012 until 2016, she was a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Furthermore, she appears frequently as principal cellist with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Ivan Fischer and was invited regularly by Claudio Abbado to perform in his Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Since 2014 Antoaneta Emanuilova has been teaching her own cello class at the Rostock University of Music, since 2016 as an interim professor.