March 2019 (NEW YORK, NY) Violinist Bella Hristova gave an encore recital at Merkin Hall in New York City on March 26, 2019 with pianist Anna Polonsky. The well-attended performance included a wide variety of solo and duo repertoire from Bach’s Partita No. 2 to Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Fantasy for Solo Violin.
The New York music blog “Oberon’s Grove” wrote: “Ms. Hristova had a perfect colleague in pianist Anna Polonsky; together, the two women evoked a shouting, standing ovation at the end of their program.
Glamorously gowned in black, Ms. Hristova seemed to have stepped off the fashion runway and onto the Merkin stage. The abundant richness of her tone - which maintains its allure throughout the dynamic range and even at speed-of-light tempos - is matched to a mastery of technique and a depth of emotion that makes her a paragon among violinists of the day.”
The program included works by the aforementioned composers, as well as Messaien’s Theme and Variations, Schoenberg’s Phantasy for violin and piano and ended with the Brahms Sonata No. 3 in D-minor, Op. 108.