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Oct 10, 2014 @ 7:30PM
Gypsy Nights 2
About This Performance
Gypsy Night is back by popular request! Join us for an encore evening of one of our most celebrated programs, featuring Bulgarian superstar violinist Bella Hristova. She’ll perform virtuosic music by Dvořák and Sarasate with her trademark Slavic fire, in a musical event you won’t want to miss!
VORISEK Sinfonia in D
DVORAK Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F minor, Op. 11
Bella Hristova, violin
BARTOK Old Hungarian Dances (arr. McAlister)
SARASATE Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 (Gypsy Airs)
Bella Hristova, violin
ABOUT THE SOLOIST
Acclaimed 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 as a soloist and recording artist. Her talent has been recently recognized with a prestigious 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, given to outstanding instrumentalists and based on excellence alone. The Strad has praised, “Every sound she draws is superb”, and the Washington Post’s The Classical Beat has stated she is “a player of impressive power and control”.
Born in Pleven, Bulgaria in 1985 to Russian and Bulgarian parents, Ms. Hristova began violin studies at the age of six. At twelve, she participated in master classes with Ruggiero Ricci at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 2003, she entered The Curtis Institute of Music, 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.
Recent highlights include the 2013 late spring release of her newest recording, Bella Unaccompanied, (A.W. Tonegold Records) a CD of works for solo violin, featuring John Corigliano’s The Red Violin Caprices, Kevin Puts’s Arches, Astor Piazzolla’s Tango Etudes, Nathan Milstsein’s Paganiniana Variations and J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D, BWV 1004.
In addition to the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Bella Hristova is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including First Prize in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, First Prize of the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, and Laureate of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Ms. Hristova is the first recipient of YCA’s Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship, and has been honored with the Miriam Brody Aronson Award, the Ruth Laredo Memorial Award, and the Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists. Ms. Hristova currently holds the John French Violin Chair of YCA.
When & Where
Oct 10, 2014 @ 7:30PM - Oct 10, 2014 @ 9:30PM
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101