“Hristova played the work with passion from the very first note. She has an innate musicality that makes musical sense of each phrase she plays. Every sound she draws from her 1655 Amati is superb…By the time she had reached the final bars, everyone had become entranced by her playing.”  - The Strad, October 2007

Violinist Bella Hristova’s playing “was a taste of heaven, effortlessly spun from charged lyricism to a fearlessly delivered Heifetz cadenza” wrote the New Zealand Herald about her performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Christian Knapp.

Bella Hristova won First Prize in the 2008-09 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, where she was also awarded the Rhoda Walker Teagle Prize, which will sponsor her New York debut in the Young Concert Artists Series; the Miriam Brody Aronson Award; the Ruth Laredo Memorial Award; the Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists; the Candlelight Concert Society Prize for an engagement in Columbia, Maryland; and the Lied Center of Kansas Prize for an engagement in Lawrence.

As Winner of First Prize in the 2007 Michael Hill International Competition, Ms. Hristova made a critically acclaimed concert tour of New Zealand and will record a CD of solo violin works by the Belgian virtuoso Charles de Berio on the Naxos label.  She has received a career grant from the Salon de Virtuosi in New York and is a new member of Chamber Music Society Two at Lincoln Center.

In November 2007 Ms. Hristova stepped in as a last-minute replacement for Aaron Rosand in a performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra.  On Christmas Eve 2009 she will make her New York Concerto debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra conducted by Jaime Laredo.  Ms. Hristova was a Laureate of the 2006 Violin Competition of Indianapolis and has made musical appearances on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.    She has also performed at festivals including The Grand Teton Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Music from Angel Fire, and Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists, and in 2009 will participate in the Marlboro Music Festival. 

Born in Pleven, Bulgaria in 1985, Ms. Hristova began violin studies at the age of six.  At the age of 12, she participated in master classes with Ruggiero Ricci at the Mozarteum.  Since 1999, she has lived in the United States, working with Stephen Shipps and then at The Curtis Institute, where she studied violin with (YCA Alumna) Ida Kavafian and chamber music with Steven Tenenbom.  She is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University.  Ms. Hristova plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin, once owned by the violinist Louis Krasner.