“Her performance established her as a player of impressive power and natural command, tenderness and sweet-toned appeal.  Hristova’s fervent virtuosity brought
the audience to its feet.””


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Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonata no. 1 in D minor,
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CORIGLIANO:  Violin Sonata, I. Allegro & II. Andantino
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HAYDN Violin Concerto No. 1 in C Major – I. Allegro moderato
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With her “commanding stage presence” (The Strad), Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova engages audiences with equal mastery of “impressive power and control” (The Washington Post) and “expressive nuance” (The New York Times). 


Upcoming performances highlight her wide range of repertoire:  Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2 with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at New York’s Alice Tully Hall, the violin concertos of Barber with the Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra, Beethoven at the Cerritos Center for the Arts, Bruch with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, Sibelius with the Mississippi Symphony, Mozart Concerto No. 5 with the Youngstown Symphony, Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with the Richardson Symphony, and Dvorak with the Orquesta Venezuela.  In addition to a tour with Musicians from Marlboro and with Michael Hill Winners in New Zealand, she also performs recitals and educational programs throughout the US.


Ms. Hristova has performed extensively as soloist with orchestra including with Pinchas Zukerman and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center and with Jaime Laredo and the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.  Festival appearances have included The Grand Teton Festival, Music@Menlo, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, and Music from Angel Fire, and reengagements at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Marlboro Music Festival.  Mr. Hristova was selected as a member of CMS Two and has frequently performed chamber music at Lincoln Center.


First Prize Winner in the 2008-09 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Ms. Hristova made her debut in the Young Concert Artists Series during the 2009-10 season at Merkin Concert Hall in New York, sponsored by the Rhoda Walker Teagle Prize, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.  At the Auditions, she was the first recipient of the Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship; was honored with the Miriam Brody Aronson Award, the Ruth Laredo Memorial Award, and the Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists; and won the Candlelight Concert Society Concert and the Lied Center of Kansas Concert Prizes.  Ms. Hristova currently holds the John French Violin Chair of YCA.


First Prize Winner in the 2007 Michael Hill International Competition in New Zealand, Ms. Hristova made a critically acclaimed concert tour of the country and recorded a CD of solo violin works by the Belgian virtuoso Charles de Bériot for the Naxos label.  She was awarded a career grant from the Salon de Virtuosi in New York and is a Laureate of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion on National Public Radio.


Born in Pleven, Bulgaria in 1985, Ms. Hristova began violin studies at the age of six.  At 12, she participated in master classes with Ruggiero Ricci at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.  Since the age of 13, she has lived in the United States.  In 2003, Ms. Hristova entered The Curtis Institute, 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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BACH Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043

Concerto No. 2

BEETHOVEN Concerto in D major, Op. 61
Romance No. 2 in F major, Op. 50
BRAHMS Concerto in D major, Op. 77
BRUCH Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46
CHAUSSON Poème, Op. 25
MICHAEL DAUGHERTY Concerto, “Fire and Blood”
DVOŘÁK Concerto in A minor, Op. 53
Romance, Op. 11
HAYDN Concerto No. 1 in C major
LALO Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21
MENDELSSOHN Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 211
Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219


Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

PROKOFIEV Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19
Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63

Violin Concerto

SAINT-SAËNS Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
SHOSTAKOVICH Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99
SIBELIUS Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
SPOHR Concerto No. 8 in A minor, Op. 47

Concerto in D


Concerto in D major, Op. 35


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