Bella Hristova


Bella Hristova’s numerous prizes include an Avery Fisher Career Grant and First Prizes in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and Michael Hill International Violin Competition. She has soloed with Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Kansas City and Milwaukee Symphonies, in recital at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and appears regularly with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

2019-20 performances include Brahms with the Williamsburg Symphony, Bruch Scottish Fantasy with the Eugene Symphony, Mendelssohn with the Pensacola Symphony, Mozart No. 5 with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, Florence Prize with the Knoxville Symphony, and Sibelius with the Stockton Symphony and Orchestra Iowa.

A committed proponent of new music, she has commissioned Joan Tower, and her husband David Ludwig wrote his violin concerto for her through a consortium of eight major orchestras.

A native of Bulgaria, Bella Hristova studied in the U.S. at the Curtis Institute of Music with Ida Kavafian and Indiana University with Jaime Laredo. She plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin