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Classical Violinist and Pianist in Free Concert Sept. 20

Sep 02, 2015 09:48AM ● By Erica Shames

Violinist Bella Hristova will perform with pianist Amy Yang on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. in the Weis Center's lobby as part of the Weis Center's annual series. The event is free, and tickets are not required.

The performance will include the following classical pieces: Sonata, Op. 119 by Francis Poulenc, Two Humoresques, Op. 87 by Jean Sibelius, Swan Song by David Ludwig and Sonata in C minor, Op. 30 No. 2 by Ludwig Van Beethoven. 

The Strad has praised Hristova, saying, "Every sound she draws is superb," and the Washington Post's The Classical Beat has stated that Hristova is "a player of impressive power and control."

Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound and compelling command of her instrument, Hristova is a young musician with a growing international career as a soloist and recording artist. Her talent was recently recognized with a prestigious 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, given to outstanding instrumentalists and based on excellence alone.

A sought-after chamber musician, Hristova was selected as a member of CMS Two and has frequently performed chamber music at Lincoln Center, as well as at the Grand Teton Festival, Music@Menlo, Ravinia's Steans Institute, Music from Angel Fire, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Marlboro Music Festival. She has appeared multiple times on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion on National Public Radio.

In addition to the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Hristova has received numerous prizes and awards, including first prize in the 2009 Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions, first prize in the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand and Laureate of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. 

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. She currently holds the John French Violin Chair of YCA.

Born in Pleven, Bulgaria, in 1985 to Russian and Bulgarian parents, Hristova began violin studies at the age of six. At 12, 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.

Hristova plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin once owned by the violinist Louis Krasner.

Amy Yang

A seasoned performer and collaborator, Amy Yang has been hailed by Harris Goldsmith of The New York Concert Review as "a magnificent artist and poet: everything she touches turns to gold — a Midas touch for tone and music." The Philadelphia Inquirer says Yang is a rising star who, "artistically, has fully arrived."

In 2001 Yang founded the Schumann Project, a special series of concerts to present Schumann's complete major solo piano, chamber and vocal works. The project aims to be a large-scale celebration of Schumann through not just performance but also through a scholarly rediscovery of the fantastically creative man behind the music.

Yang is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School and the Yale School of Music, where she received the Parisot Prize for Outstanding Piano Student as well as the Alumni Association Prize. In addition, Yang has garnered first prizes at the International Corpus Christi Young Artists' Competition and the National Chopin Piano Competition, and has soloed with Houston Symphony, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony and Richardson Symphony.

For more information about this free performance, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or at

The next event in the Weis Center's 2015-16 season is a hot swing jazz performance by The Hot Sardines on Friday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center. Tickets for the performance are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $15 for youth 18 and under, $15 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2) and $15 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2).

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, visit or

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