Kalina Hristova – chamber music

Kalina Hristova received her musical formation at the National Music School “Lyubomir Pipkov” and then at the National Academy of Music “Professor Pancho Vladigerov,” in the violin class of Professor Elisaveta Kazakova. While at the Academy, she also spent time in Torino, Italy, specializing with Professor Mariana Sirbu. From 1993 to 2000, she furthered her experience as ensemble musician in the role of concertmaster of the “Orpheus” chamber orchestra, Pernik, Bulgaria.With proven professionalism and individuality, she is concertmaster of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, a post she has held for 16 years now. She is also a frequent soloist with numerous orchestras in Bulgaria and abroad. Recent appearances as a recitalist include Osaka, Kyoto and Nara, Japan and as soloist with the Kanzai Philharmonic, Japan. As both soloist and chamber musician she regularly participates in festivals in Bulgaria, Germany, the Netherlands. She has made numerous recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio and Television.

Kristiana Alipieva Genova-Mihaylova – chamber music

Kristiana Alipieva Genova-Mihaylova studied at the Music School in Burgas and at the National Academy of Music “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov”, where she completed her Bachelor and Master degree in violoncello with prof. B. Karakonov. She also specialized in 2013-2014 at the New Bulgarian University with prof. Hristo Tanev. During her studies she was a soloist of the Academic Orchestra at the National Academy of Music, Sofia and the Burgas Philharmonic and was a price- winner of a nomerous of competitions. As a soloist, she has participated in master classes with Robert Cohen, Young Chang Cho, prof. Peter Buck (Melos Quartet), prof. Laszlo Mezo (Bartok Quartet), Ulf Tischbirek (Lubeck), Xenia Jankovic, Martina Schucan (Zurich), Dominique de Williencourt, Stefan Popov, Lilia Shultz- Bayrova, Vencislav Nikolov. She has also participated in music festivals – Oberstdorf (Germany), “Prague- Wien –Budapest” (Austria), International Festival “Balabanov’s House Music Days”, (Plovdiv) , “Apolonia”(Sozopol). As a chamber musician, she has specialized in master classes in with musicians and teachers from the string quartets Prague Quartet, Mosaiques Quartet, Vienn Quartet, Bartok Quartet, Keler Quartet and Melos Quartet. She is active as a chamber musician and has performed with Andrew Mariner, Maria Prinz, Vasily Ilisavsky, Alexis Kosenko, Elizabeth Pitcairn etc. She was honored to perform the Haydn Passacaglia for Violin and Cello with Nigel Kennedy. Kristiana Mihailova successfully combines her career as a soloist, chamber musician, and member of several orchestras. Since 2008 she has been a member of the Sofia Philharmonic, and during 2006 – 2011 of the Symphony Orchestra at the Summer Academy Chigiana in Siena, Italy. Since 2002 she has been principal cellist and concertmaster of the Classic FM Radio Orchestra.