Violinist Bella Hristova, a long-time RCO and Nevada Chamber Music Festival favorite, comes to Reno to perform the Violin Concerto her husband, David Ludwig, wrote for her as a wedding present. This work was co-commissioned by the Reno Chamber Orchestra. Maestro Theodore Kuchar conducts the program, which also features Ms. Hristova performing Dvořák. Framing those works are an overture by Mendelssohn and Beethoven’s charming Eighth Symphony.
Theodore Kuchar, Music Director and Conductor
Bella Hristova, violin
Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Overture, Op. 26
Dvorák: Romance in F minor, Op. 11
Ludwig: Violin Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93
Bella Hristova is a young violinist with a growing international career as a soloist and recording artist who has been acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances and compelling command of her instrument. Ms. Hristova’s current season features a diverse mix of concerto, recital, and chamber music performances including over ten different concertos. She will also perform the world premiere of a concerto by her husband, the celebrated American composer David Ludwig. The new work will be presented by a consortium of eight orchestras across the United States over the next three seasons. Other highlights of this season include performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and the Kansas City Symphony. Ms. Hristova has performed extensively as soloist with orchestra. Her most recent recording is Bella Unaccompanied (A.W. Tonegold Records). A sought-after chamber musician, Ms. Hristova performs frequently with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at many music festivals around the world.
The multiple award-winning conductor Theodore Kuchar is the most recorded conductor of his generation, appearing on over 100 compact discs for the Naxos, Brilliant Classics, Ondine and Marco Polo labels. He has served as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of two of Europe’s leading orchestras, the Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the Czech Radio Orchestra) (2005-2013) and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (1994-2004). In the 2011-12 season he commenced his tenure as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela. He presently also serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra (2002- ) and the Reno Chamber Orchestra (2003- ). Since January 2013 he has served as Principal Conductor of the Slovak Sinfonietta. An avid chamber musician, he served as the Artistic Director of The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (1990-2006), and presently serves as the Artistic Director of the Nevada Chamber Music Festival since 2005.