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. Her 2017-18 season features performances of Beethoven's 10 sonatas for piano and violin in a nation-wide recital tour of New Zealand with acclaimed pianist Michael Houstoun. She also performs extensive and varied concerto repertoire including works by American composers Lukas Foss, Samuel Barber, and David Ludwig, and appears with the Chautauqua, Austin, and Milwaukee symphonies. 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 Festival, 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. In addition to 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 laureate of the 2006 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. A former member of CMS Two, Ms. Hristova plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin.