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Hristo Popov

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Described as “Virtuoso-violinist extraordinaire” (Musical Horizons), Hristo Popov brings tremendous experience to the concert stage. He made his orchestra debut at the age of nine with Plovdiv State Philharmonic Orchestra and since then has performed at major performing arts venues as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in United States, Asia and Europe.

A top prizewinner at the Kozian International Violin Competition, he was also the Silver Medalist at the California Young Artist Competition, the Grand Prize Winner of the International Institute of Music (Germany, USA), and took First Place at the American String Teachers' Association Chamber Music Competition.

His performances have been documented on television and radio. He continues to receive rave reviews, as described recently by The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, “… the performance benefited from the elegant purity soloist Hristo Popov invested in every phrase.” “Popov traced the lyrical and vibrant lines (Mozart – Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish) with unruffled assurance. He enabled the music to float where necessary and made easy work of the acrobatic demands.” In April 2009, he was selected as Artist of the Month for the Obama for Arts and Entertainment Organization.

Currently, Dr. Popov is the Concertmaster Opera Circle, Cleveland, Artistic Director of the Chagrin Valley Chamber Music Concert Series and Director of the International Festival for Strings.

He is a core member Ensemble du Monde and on the governing council of the group.