Bella Hristova won First Prize in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was recently named the first recipient of the Helen Armstrong Fellowship of Young Concert Artists. In April 2010, she made her debuts in the Young Concert Artists Series at Merkin Concert Hall in New York, sponsored by the Rhoda Walker Teagle Prize, and at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater in Washington, DC. She has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion on National Public Radio. She performs as a member of the Chamber Music Society Two at Lincoln Center and has appeared at festivals including the Cartagena Festival Internacional de Musica in Colombia, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Music from Angel Fire, and the Marlboro Music Festival. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Indianapolis Symphony and the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. First Prize Winner of the 2007 Michael Hill Violin Competition in New Zealand, she toured the country and recorded a CD for the Naxos label. She was born in Pleven, Bulgaria in 1985, and has lived in the United States since the age of 13. In 2003, she entered The Curtis Institute, where she worked with violinist Ida Kavafian (YCA Alumna) and studied chamber music with Steven Tenenbom. She is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University. She plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin, once owned by the violinist Louis Krasner.

(As of June 2010)