The Four Seasons - Livestream Concert

Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

Daniel Meyer, Artistic Director
Bella Hristova, violin

Program | Concert Program (pdf)
Sibelius: Andante Festivo
Mozart: Divertimento No. 1 in D major. K. 136
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
La primavera “Spring”
L’estate “Summer”
L’autunno “Autumn”
L’inverno “Winter”
  Bella Hristova, violin

Internationally acclaimed violinist Bella Hristova returns to the Palace stage to perform Vivaldi’s beloved The Four Seasons. From festive birdsong to rumbling thunderstorms and biting winter winds the four-movement work has transported listeners for 300 years. Join us for an unforgettable evening!  Conducted by Daniel Meyer, Artistic Director.

Press: Westmoreland Symphony’s ‘The Four Seasons’ includes performance on rare violin Tribune-Review

 Program Notes




Meet Bella Hristova, violin

Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, violinist Bella 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 she is “a player of impressive power and control.”

Her 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 masterclasses 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 four cats. She performs on a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin.

Bella Hristova appears by arrangement with Young Concert Artists, Inc.

Artist Photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco


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Four Seasons Orchestra
Daniel Meyer, Artistic Director and Conductor

Violin I
Warren Davidson, concertmaster
Samantha Nelson, acting associate concertmaster
Dena Miller, assistant concertmaster
Hector Marchant
Julia Simeone

Violin II
Joshua Huang, acting principal
Gabi Faetini, acting assistant principal
Deb Mewherter
Julia Poetain

David Sinclair, principal
Maija Anstine, acting assistant principal
Ben Schantz
Regina Ketter

Nadine Sherman, acting principal
Will Teegarden, acting assistant principal
Christina Chen

Jacob McAleavy, acting principal
Joe Hernandez, acting assistant principal

Ron Horner, principal

Brian Gilling

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