Violinist Bella Hristova

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Violinist Bella Hristova visits our Fraser Performance Studio for Drive Time Live with Cathy Fuller.


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Hristova was in Boston to perform Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra in a benefit concert for the Sharewood Project.  Her Drive Time Live performance includes music by Bach, Ysaÿe, and Parashkev Hadjiev.

Highlights from Hristova's 2011-12 season include a return as soloist with the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, an appearance in Ravinia’s Rising Stars Series, a tour with Musicians from Marlboro, and performances throughout the season with CMS Two 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, 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 and the Ruth Laredo Memorial Awards; and won the Candlelight Concert Society Concert and the Lied Center of Kansas Concert Prizes.

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 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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