LIVE! from The Stissing Center! 2021

The Stissing Center is thrilled to announce the second season of LIVE! from The Stissing Center!, their chamber music series. The initial performance will be on Sunday, June 27 at 4:00 pm, and will mark the first live audience concert in the Center since the COVID lockdown.

“Needless to say, this is a huge and exciting milestone for us,” said Executive Director, Brian Keeler. “Re-opening our doors has been a long time coming, and it’s the first step toward offering a wonderful slate of events in the Fall.”

“I am thrilled to be back working with The Stissing Center for the second year in a row,” said TSC’s Director of Chamber Music and curator of the series, Sophia Zhou. “Last year we had amazing talent appear in our virtual LIVE! series, and now everyone will get a chance to experience those talents in person.”


Sunday, June 27th ~ 4:00 pm



Bulgarian violinist, Bella Hristova, will kick off the series with a solo violin concert on June 27th. Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, Hristova is a young musician with a growing international career. The Strad has praised, “Every sound she draws is superb,” and The Washington Post wrote Bella is “a player of impressive power and control.”

Bella’s appearances with orchestras in recent seasons include the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with Pinchas Zukerman at Lincoln Center, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Chautauqua, Columbus, Hawaii, Kansas City, Milwaukee and Winnipeg symphonies as well as orchestras in Asia, Europe, Latin America and New Zealand. In recital, Ms. Hristova has performed at some of the premier venues in the world, including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston, and Kennedy Center. In 2017 she toured New Zealand, performing and recording Beethoven’s 10 Sonatas with renowned pianist Michael Houstoun. A sought-after chamber musician, Ms. Hristova performs frequently with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is an alum of The Bowers Program.

Ms. Hristova’s recording Bella Unaccompanied (A.W. Tonegold Records) features works for solo violin by John Corigliano, Kevin Puts, Piazzolla, Milstein, and J. S. Bach, and her Naxos release of de Bériot solo works received impressive critical recognition. A passionate proponent of new music and composers, Ms. Hristova commissioned iconic American composer Joan Tower, to write “Second String Force” for Unaccompanied Violin, which she premiered and performed throughout the US. Her husband, acclaimed composer David Serkin Ludwig was commissioned by a consortium of eight major orchestras across the United States to write a violin concerto for her, which she continues to actively perform.

She is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, First Prize in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, First Prize in the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, and was a Laureate of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

Born in Pleven, Bulgaria to Russian and Bulgarian parents, Ms. Hristova began violin studies at the age of six. At twelve, she participated in master classes with Ruggiero Ricci at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 2003, she 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.

Ms. Hristova lives in Philadelphia with her husband and their beloved cats. She performs on a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin.

The Program

Miasma ~ (East Coast Premiere) Nokuthula Ngwenyama (1976 – )

Sonata No. 4 for Solo Violin “Fritz Kreisler” ~ Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931)

Partita in D minor, No. 2 ~ J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

Special Thanks

The Stissing Center would like to acknowledge the generous support of our
LIVE! from The Stissing Center! 2021 Patrons
Bindy and Stephen Kaye
Irene and Jack Banning
Daniel Brown

Lillian and Peter Corbin
Wendy Curtis
Juliet Heyer
Lois Mander
Martha and Michael Nesbitt
Elizabeth Shequine
Sarah and David Stack
Peter Tcherepnine

Hester and Charles Weeden

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