Violinist Bella Hristova, 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a longtime Reno favorite, performs Mozart’s “Turkish” Concerto with the RCO. Under the leadership of guest conductor Yaniv Attar, Music Director of the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra and the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra in Bellingham, the Orchestra also performs Heinrich Biber’s colorful Battalia and a special full-orchestra arrangement of Mendelssohn’s Octet.

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall, UNR

Yaniv Attar, guest Conductor
Bella Hristova, violin

Biber: Battalia á 10, C.61
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 “Turkish”
Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20 (arr. Yoon Jae Lee)

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Bella Hristova plays the traditional 7/8 folk dance “Ratchenitsa” by Bulgarian composer Parashkev Hadjiev, live in the Fraser Performance Studio at WGBH, Boston.


Yaniv Attar photoYaniv Attar
A native of Israel, Yaniv Attar is the 1st prize winner of the Duna Szimfonikus Conducting Competition Budapest, and the recipient of the 2010/2012 & 2014 Georg Solti Foundation US Award and the 2009 Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Award. Attar is the Music Director of the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, and Music Director of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra in Bellingham. Highlights of past seasons included collaborations with artists such as Alesio Bax, James Ehnes, Tine Thing Helseth, Sharon Isbin, Alex Klein, Jennifer Koh, Johannes Moser and Gil Shaham.

Attar was also one of 10 conductors from around the world who were invited to INTERACTION, and conducted an orchestra composed of all of Germany’s top orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Konzerthaus Orchestra, German Symphony Orchestra, and the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin. Prior to his current music directorships, Attar completed his two years residency as the Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, where he conducted nearly 100 performances, and worked extensively with Maestro Justin Brown. Visit his website


Bella Hristova photoBella Hristova
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 noted that she is “a player of impressive power and control.” Ms. Hristova’s 2017-2018 season features her characteristically rich and wide ranging musical life. She will perform and record Beethoven’s 10 Sonatas for Piano and Violin in a nation-wide recital tour presented by Chamber Music New Zealand, with acclaimed pianist Michael Houstoun. Ms. Hristova also performs standard concerto repertoire and those by American composers Lukas Foss, Samuel Barber, and David Ludwig, appearing with the Chautauqua, Austin, and Milwaukee symphonies, among others. As part of her busy and varied career, she performs recitals and chamber music throughout the U.S.

Bella Hristova 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 Laureate of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. She was awarded YCA’s Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship, the Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists, and the Gordon and Harriet Greenfield Foundation Artist Management Fellowship of YCA. Visit her website