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International Violinist Bella Hristova


Sat 7 Jun 2008, 8:00pm–10:00pm

Where: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Gate 2B, Knighton Rd, University of Waikato, Hamilton, Waikato

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $45.00
  • Student rush: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: SWPR Ltd

"Bella Hristova – this is a name that all violin players and followers will soon know by heart" – Rod Biss, NZ Listener.

Last year Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova delighted audiences and judges with her winning performance at the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition. New Plymouth audiences have the opportunity to hear this stunning musician in June.

Bella, together with iconic New Zealand pianist Michael Houstoun, performs a recital concert as part of Chamber Music New Zealand’s 2008 season.

CMNZ chief executive Euan Murdoch says he is delighted to be bringing Bella to 14 centres throughout the country. "This is a wonderful opportunity for audiences to hear this outstanding performer with one of New Zealand's two very finest collaborative pianists."

Born in Bulgaria, Bella began playing violin at age six and, just a few months after first picking up the instrument, she played live on television. By the age of 11 she was studying under Joseph Radionvo in Sofia, before moving to the United States at 13 to study at the Meadowmount School of Music in New York State.

Bella featured in a 2006 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine and has performed throughout the United States, winning numerous awards along the way and in 2007 she travelled to New Zealand and was awarded first prize in the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

"Her playing gave me goosebumps and made me cry" – Pamela Frank (2007 Michael Hill violin competition jury member).

Bella will perform a varied programme in New Plymouth including Bartok's Sonata for Solo Violin and Beethoven's Sonata in A major 'Kreutzer' Opus 47.

Chamber Music New Zealand acknowledges major funding from Creative New Zealand.

BACH - Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in E, BWV 1016
BARTÓK - Sonata for Solo Violin
BRAHMS, trans JOACHIM - Selected Hungarian Dances
BEETHOVEN - Sonata in A major 'Kreutzer' Opus 47

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