Bella Hristova


Bella Hristova Photo credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, violinist Bella Hristova is a musician with a growing international career. She recently appeared as soloist with the Milwaukee and Kansas City symphonies and toured New Zealand, performing Beethoven’s ten sonatas with acclaimed pianist Michael Houstoun. This season she performs Vivaldi with the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Sibelius with the Hawaii and Wheeling symphonies and the Brevard Philharmonic, Barber with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, and Mendelssohn with the Winnipeg Symphony. She has performed at major venues and worked with conductors including Pinchas Zukerman, Jaime Laredo, Rossen Milanov, and Michael Stern. A sought-after chamber musician, she performs at festivals including Australia’s Musica Viva, Music@Menlo, Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival. Her recording, Bella Unaccompanied (A.W. Tonegold Records), features works for solo violin by Corigliano, Kevin Puts, Piazzolla, Milstein, and J. S. Bach. She is recipient of a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, first prizes in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and Michael Hill International Violin Competition, and a laureate of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. She attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with Ida Kavafian and Steven Tenenbom, and received her artist diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University. An alum of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two), Ms. Hristova plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin.