Shostakovich and Prokofiev
Naples Philharmonic Masterworks
Rossen Milanov, conductor
Bella Hristova, violin
Gabriela Lena Frank — Elegía Andina
Prokofiev — Violin Concerto No. 1
Shostakovich — Symphony No. 10
Guest conductor Rossen Milanov leads a program featuring two Russian masterpieces. Written shortly after Stalin’s death, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 is said to depict the tragedy and violence of Stalin’s rule. Violinist Bella Hristova returns to play Prokofiev’s lyrical Violin Concerto No. 1 which was written shortly after the 1917 Russian revolution. American composer Gabriela Lena Frank’s Elegía Andina mimics the sounds of the Peruvian pan pipe to create a lush and beautiful soundscape.
Prelude at 7pm
The doors to Hayes Hall will open 90 minutes prior to this performance.
Tickets start at $29
Violin Master Class
Guest artist Bella Hristova presents a master class for violin on November 17. This master class is free and open to the public.
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Founded in 1982, the Naples Philharmonic normally performs over 140 orchestral and chamber concerts, as well as opera and ballet, education, community and special event concerts from September through June each year.
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Bulgarian-born conductor Rossen Mianov is the Music Director Designate of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Music Director of the Princeton Symphony and Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA) in Spain as well as the Music Director of the nationally recognized training orchestra Symphony in C in New Jersey.
Rossen has established himself as a conductor with a considerable national and international presence. His recent conducting highlights include debuts at the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Sapporo Symphony and Tokyo City Philharmonic and returns to the Milwaukee ,Vancouver, Fort Worth, Aalborg and Latvian National Symphony Orchestras; National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Zurich Opera, Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra and his Link Up education projects with Carnegie Hall and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. This season, Rossen debuts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Opera Oviedo in Spain, Hungarian National Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, New York City Ballet, Pacific Symphony and returns to the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic in South Africa, Aalborg Symphony and conducts the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Verizon Hall in Philadelphia.
Rossen studied conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, where he received the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship. He studied oboe and orchestral conducting at the Bulgarian National Academy of Music, and holds a Masters degree in oboe performance from Duquesne University. As the former Chief Conductor of the Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra (2003-08) and Music Director of the New Symphony Orchestra, Sofia (1997-2013), he received the Bulgarian Ministry’s Award for Extraordinary Contribution to Bulgarian Culture. He was named Bulgaria’s Musician of the Year in 2005, he was among the top 100 most influential people in New Jersey in 2014 and won an ASCAP award in 2011 for his programming with Princeton Symphony Orchestra.
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. “Every sound she draws is superb,” The Strad praised, 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, Hristova has performed at 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, Hristova performs frequently with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is an alumna of The Bowers Program.
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’s solo works received impressive critical recognition. A passionate proponent of new music and composers, Hristova commissioned iconic American composer Joan Tower to write Second String Force for Unaccompanied Violin, which she premiered and performed throughout the U.S. Her husband, acclaimed composer David Serkin Ludwig, was commissioned by a consortium of eight major orchestras across the U.S. 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 and First Prize in the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, and she was a Laureate of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.
Born in Pleven, Bulgaria, to Russian and Bulgarian parents, Hristova began violin studies at the age of 6. At 12, 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.
Hristova lives in Philadelphia with her husband and their beloved cats. She performs on a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin.