Jan 3, 2014
03:43 PMArts & Entertainment
Violin Sensation Bella Hristova to Play for Young Connecticut Audience
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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. Her talent has been recently recognized with a prestigious 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, awarded to outstanding instrumentalists. The Strad has praised, “Every sound she draws is superb” and the Washington Post’s The Classical Beat has stated she is “a player of impressive power and control.”
Following summer engagements at music festivals including Mainly Mozart, Chesapeake Chamber, Cactus Pear, Summer Stars Chamber, Brevard, and Skaneateles, Hristova’s 2013-2014 season features a mix of solo, recital and chamber music performances among them performances of concertos by Korngold, Vivaldi, Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns, Brahms, Barber, Beethoven and Bruch. Engagements of note include Bella leading/performing Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic; performances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; a national tour with the Musicians from Marlboro; a solo violin recital at Vermont’s Brattleboro Music Center; a Carnegie Hall performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E, Op. 64 with the New York String Orchestra on Christmas Eve, and two world premieres written specifically for her: David Ludwig’s concerto with the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Anthony Richie’s violin concerto with New Zealand’s Southern Sinfonia. North American appearances also include orchestral engagements with the symphony orchestras of Amarillo, Bakersfield, Des Moines, Edmonton (Canada), 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. Abroad, Hristova also appears with New Zealand’s Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.
Recent highlights include the 2013 spring release of her newest recording, Bella Unaccompanied, (A.W. Tonegold Records) a CD of works for solo violin, featuring John Corigliano’s The Red Violin Caprices, Kevin Puts’s Arches, Astor Piazzolla’s Tango Etudes, Nathan Milstsein’s Paganiniana Variations and the mighty Partita No. 2 in D, by J. S. Bach.
Bella Hristova has been honored with numerous awards, including First Prize in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, First Prize of the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, and Laureate of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. She is also a recipient of the Harriet and Gordon Greenfield Foundation Fellowship, and was awarded the 2009 Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship.
Born in Pleven, Bulgaria in 1985, Hristova entered The Curtis Institute of Music in 2003, where she worked with Ida Kavafian (an alumna of YCA), and studied chamber music with Steven Tenenbom. She received her Artist Diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University in 2010. Hristova plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin, once owned by the violinist Louis Krasner.