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9th Annual UT Violin Festival


Miroslav Hristov

Miroslav HristovViolinist 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.

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Mark Zelmanovich

Mark ZelmanovichMark Zelmanovich was born in Russia where he began his musical studies at the age of seven. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees and completed postgraduate work in Russia. His teachers and mentors included Peter Bondarenko, Felix Andrievsky, Yuri Yankelevich, and David Oistrakh. Mr. Zelmanovich joined the Israel Philharmonic in 1972 and toured the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia, and South America. He has performed under many of the 20th century's leading conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Sir George Solti, Daniel Barenboim, Carlo Maria Giullini, Antal Dorati, and Eugene Ormandy. Mr. Zelmanovich has also performed with many top soloists, including Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Arthur Rubinstein, Nathan Milstein, Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Gregor Piatigorsky, Leonard Rose, and Yo-Yo Ma. Mr. Zelmanovich was a soloist with Pinchas Zukerman in the Vivaldi Concerto. As a member of the Israel Philharmonic, Mr. Zelmanovich participated in many of the most prestigious music festivals, such as Saltzburg, Edinburgh, London, Paris, Berlin, Geneva, and Tanglewood. He has recorded on the Deutsche Grammophone and Decca labels.

Since 1986, Mr. Zelmanovich has been Concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and Associate Professor, Artist in Residence with the University of Tennessee Music Faculty. Mr. Zelmanovich is frequently heard throughout the southeastern United States in both live concerts and radio broadcasts as a soloist and chamber music performer. In 1990, he was invited to join New York's prestigious Chautauqua International Music Festival, where he serves as first violinist and a faculty member. Since 1994, he has served on the faculty at the Southern University, Collegedale, Tennessee. As an educator, Professor Zelmanovich frequently conducts master classes and workshops, and also judges local and national competitions. In addition to having an active performance schedule, Mark Zelmanovich maintains a studio of both university and private students. Many of the students are winners of local and national competitions. Former students of Mr. Zelmanovich hold positions as nationally acclaimed orchestra members and string teachers all over the country.

... [an] excellent violinist, wonderful musician adaptable to all musical situations, whether as soloists or chamber musician." --Zubin Mehta

" ... [an] excellent violinist ... [and] fine musical colleague." --Leonard Bernstein

" ... I consider him highly gifted and an accomplished violinist." --Daniel Barenboim

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