Acclaimed as a player with impressive power, passion, and control, a beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, violinist Bella Hristova is a musician with an assured international career. She is an ardent proponent of contemporary new music, and is a highly sought-after chamber musician who has performed in many of the premier venues of the world.
Born in Bulgaria to Russian and Bulgarian parents, Bella began violin studies at the age of six. At twelve she participated in master classes with Ruggiero Ricci at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and in 2003 entered the famed Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she studied with Ida Kavafian. She received her Artist Diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University in 2010.
Bella is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including First Prize in the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, First Prize in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, was a Laureate of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and received a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, acclaimed composer David Serkin Ludwig, and two cats. She performs on a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin.