May 2022 (Buffalo, NY) Bella returns to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, this time performing the violin concerto written for her by her husband, acclaimed composer David Serkin Ludwig. The performance was conducted by JoAnn Falletta and recorded for a future live release.
Buffalo Rising writes: "Called up on stage by Music Director JoAnn Falletta before we heard his piece, composer David Ludwig told us that the concerto was originally commissioned to be celebrating his marriage to Hristova. He thought that was not quite right, so he expanded it to be a celebration for all marriages. And this – composer, violinist – was, as they say, “a marriage made in heaven.” I’ve heard dazzling runs played on violins, but never ones as seamless as these. It’s a fun piece, easy to listen to, and fans of another American composer’s Violin Concerto, Samuel Barber, might hear parallels, including beautiful, lyrical slow passages, and a lightning-fast finale."