Bella Hristova


Bella Hristova Photo credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Celebrated 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. Her 2016-17 season features extensive concerto, recital, and chamber music performances in the United States and abroad, including performances of a concerto written for her by her husband David Ludwig–a work commissioned by a consortium of eight major orchestras across the US. Winner of a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, she is the recipient of first prizes in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, and was laureate of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. She has had numerous solo appearances with orchestras including a performance alongside Pinchas Zukerman and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, and with the New York String Orchestra under Jaime Laredo at Carnegie Hall. A sought-after chamber musician, she has been a featured performer at Australia’s Musica Viva, Music@Menlo, Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and Marlboro Music. Her recent projects include her recording Bella Unaccompanied (A.W. Tonegold Records) and a commission of Second String Force by American composer Joan Tower. A former member of CMS Two, Ms. Hristova 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. She plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin.