Violinist Miroslav Hristov was hailed by Fanfare Magazine for his "razor sharp technique" and a "full palette of tonal colors." He presents master classes and performs extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in several international festivals and concert series, including the Musical Treasures series in Carnegie Hall, the Interharmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy, the Sofia Music Weeks International Festival, The Balabanov House Music Days, the International Violin Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the Big Arts Concert Series in Florida. Dr. Hristov was First Prize winner of the International Violin Competition "Dobrin Petkov," and a prizewinner for the MTNA Collegiate String Performance Competition.
Dr. Hristov has recorded for Centaur Records, Romeo Records, the Divine Arts Record label, Bulgarian National Radio and WUOT Knoxville. His recordings are broadcast on NPR stations across the country. As part of the internationally-acclaimed Kaleidos Duo with pianist, Vladimir Valjarevic, Dr. Hristov's recordings and performances have received rave reviews from The Strad Magazine, Fanfare, DUMA (Sofia, Bulgaria), and Lucid Culture (New York). An avid chamber musician, Dr. Hristov also tours and performs regularly with the Appalachia Piano Trio.
As Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Tennessee School of Music, Dr. Hristov is Founder and Co-Director of the University of Tennessee School of Music's Annual Violin Festival where over 100 participants gather to attend lectures, master classes, and perform alongside world-renowned guest artists. Previously, he taught violin in the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico where he served as Principal Second Violin of the Orquesta de Camara de Monterrey and the Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad de Nuevo Leon.
Dr. Hristov has presented his research on Eastern European pedagogical methods for violin at conferences around the world, including the International College Music Society Conference (Dubrovnik, Croatia), the American String Teachers Association National Conference, as well as several regional and statewide clinics and conferences. A dedicated teacher, his students have won numerous competitions, and many hold prestigious scholarships and professional appointments. Recent teaching awards include the 2014 Tennessee Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year, the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts Outstanding Teacher Award, and the University of Tennessee School of Music's Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award.
Dr. Miroslav Hristov is also Founder and Director of the University of Tennessee's Ready for the World Music Series, which brings renowned artists to perform and talk about musical styles and literature from diverse regions around the world, emphasizing each region's contribution to western classical music.
For more information, please visit his website at www.miroslavhristov.com.
Violinist Geoffrey Herd has given performances in the United States, Latin America, and Asia, and is frequently sought after as recitalist and chamber musician. Mr. Herd has performed recitals at venues such as the Isabel Stewart Gardner Museum of Art in Boston and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Herd has collaborated with some of the finest musicians of our time including Ani Kavafian, Clive Greensmith, James Dunham, and Laurie Smukler. A frequent soloist, Herd has performed concertos with numerous orchestras including the Rochester Philharmonic, the Thailand Philharmonic, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Ithaca College Symphony, the Amherst Symphony, the Finger Lakes Symphony, and the University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra.
A strong proponent of new music, Mr. Herd was a founding member of the contemporary music ensemble Vicennium Void. The group was the dedicatee of many works and were Artists-in-Residence at the Thailand International Composition Festival in June 2014 and 2015. Mr. Herd returned to the festival in 2016 as a soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic performing John Corigiliano’s Red Violin Concerto. In 2017, Herd was the soloist for Jennifer Higdon’s work, The Singing Rooms, as part of Higdon’s residency at the University of Tennessee. Additionally, Mr. Herd has given a number of premiers including the New York premier of Pierre Jalbert’s Wild Ambrosia, and world premieres of Daniel Knagg’s Ancient Ruins, and Chris Walczak’s Incorporeal Spaces.
Equally committed to bringing classical music to new audiences, Mr. Herd is the founder and director of the Geneva Music Festival in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Each summer, the Festival presents a three-week long chamber music series, bringing in esteemed guest artists from throughout the United States, as well as donating educational concerts to local school districts.
Mr. Herd joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee in August 2016. He is also a doctoral candidate at the Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music where he studied with Paul Kantor. Previous teachers include Ani Kavafian, William Preucil, and David Updegraff.