Bella Hristova

violin
biography
Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, violinist Bella Hristova is a young musician with a growing international career as a soloist and recording artist.  The Strad has praised, "Every sound she draws is superb," and The Washington Post's The Classical Beat noted that she is "a player of impressive power and control."

Ms. Hristova's 2013-2014 season features a mix of concerto, recital and chamber music performances, with a vast repertoire including concertos by Korngold, Vivaldi, Prokofiev, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Brahms, Barber, Beethoven and Bruch. Engagements of note include Bella leading/performing Vivaldi's The Four Seasons with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic; a national tour with the Musicians from Marlboro; a solo violin recital at Vermont's Brattleboro Music Center; a concerto appearance at Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra; and two world premieres written especially for her: David Ludwig's concerto with the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Anthony Ritchie's violin concerto with New Zealand's Southern Sinfonia.  Appearances also include orchestral engagements with the symphony orchestras of Christchurch, Amarillo, Bakersfield, Des Moines, Edmonton, Meridian, Southwest Michigan, Westmoreland, and the InterSchool Orchestra of New York, as well as recitals with the Tuesday Musical Club, Music for Youth, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the Arts Council of Moore County.

Recent highlights include the 2013 release of her newest recording, Bella Unaccompanied, (A.W. Tonegold Records), a CD of works for solo violin by Corigliano, Kevin Puts, Piazzolla, Milstein and J. S. Bach.  She has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Lincoln Center, with the Mississippi Symphony, City of London Sinfonia, Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra, Korea's Cheongju Symphony Orchestra, at the Cerritos Center for the Arts, at Free For All at Town Hall, at the Shanghai International Music Festival, and at Seoul National University.

A sought-after chamber musician, Ms. Hristova performs frequently with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at many music festivals including the Young Concert Artists Festival in Tokyo, the Grand Teton Festival, the Brevard Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Ravinia's Steans Institute, the Mainly Mozart Festival, Music from Angel Fire, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Marlboro Music Festival.  She has appeared on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion on National Public Radio.

In addition to the 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Bella Hristova is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including First Prize in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the 2013-2014 Gordon and Harriet Greenfield Foundation Fellowship of YCA, First Prize in the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, and Laureate of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. She made her New York debut in the Young Concert Artists Series at Merkin Concert Hall, sponsored by the Rhoda Walker Teagle Prize, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and at the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston.  Ms. Hristova is the first recipient of YCA's Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship, and has been honored with the Miriam Brody Aronson Award, the Ruth Laredo Memorial Award, and the Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists.

As a result of winning the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Ms. Hristova made a critically acclaimed concert tour of New Zealand, and a similarly acclaimed CD of solo violin works by the Belgian virtuoso Charles de Bériot (Naxos). Music Web International praised her first recording, "…this disc is an absolute winner… …The musical diversity of these pieces is a delight.  None of which would count for much if they were not played with the extraordinary virtuosity and musical maturity of Bella Hristova. … Hristova combines jaw-dropping technical prowess with real style."

Born in Pleven, Bulgaria in 1985 to Russian and Bulgarian parents, Ms. Hristova began violin studies at the age of six. At twelve, she participated in master classes with Ruggiero Ricci at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 2003, she entered the Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with Ida Kavafian (YCA Alumna) and studied chamber music with Steven Tenenbom.  She received her Artist Diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University in 2010. Ms. Hristova plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin, once owned by the violinist Louis Krasner.


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