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Violin Studies

Hristov Studio

About Dr. Miroslav Hristov

Miroslav HristovWith over twenty years of teaching experience, Dr. Miroslav Hristov has gained recognition as one of the leading violin pedagogues in the country. In the last several years, students from Dr. Hristov’s studio have earned top prizes at national and international competitions, including the American Protégé International Concerto Competition, The ENKOR International Solo Violin Competition, the Music Teachers National Association (National Finalist), the Cleveland Orchestra of Tennessee Aria and Concerto Competition, among many others. Recent teaching awards include the 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, an award nominated by and voted on by the UT School of Music Student Advisory Board.

Recent graduates from the Dr. Hristov’s studio have received full scholarships and assistantships to attend prestigious graduate programs around the country, including Indiana University, University of Houston, Arizona State University, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Appalachian State University, Columbus State University, among others. Others have secured competitive jobs, including appointments to the violin faculty of the Universidad Pontifica Católica de Puerto Rico, Crown College, as well as performing arts organizations, such as the National Symphony of Ukraine, the Lexington Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, among others. Many of his students participate in prestigious festivals, such as the Aspen Music Festival, Meadowmount Music Festival, Yo-Yo Ma’s Winter Music in China, among others.

Personal Teaching Statement

“With every student, my goal has always been to instill them with the technique and musical understanding that will allow them to fully express themselves through their instrument. I attribute my teaching success to my ability to diagnose technical problems, as well as my ability to prescribe the most appropriate course of study to address technical and artistic issues. I never rely on canned teaching methods; rather, I create an individualized plan of study for each student based not only on their technical and artistic needs, but also on their personal goals and ambitions. They know that I will always put their needs above my own, and this is how I have earned the loyalty and respect of my students and alumni.” 

Why UT?

The University of Tennessee School of Music offers multiple scholarship opportunities to advanced violin students seeking to pursue undergraduate or graduate studies at UT. Our studios have thrived through great camaraderie and hours of individual attention not found in many music programs. At the University of Tennessee, we strive to bring the top artists from around the world to engage with our students, offer master classes, lectures, workshops and other opportunities for engagement. Recent guest artists have included: Ilya Kaler (Cleveland Institute of Music Professor of Violin and Winner of Paganini, Queen Elizabeth, and Tchaikovsky Competitions), Oleh Krysa (Eastman Professor of Violin and Jury Member of all the major violin competitions); Andrzej Grabiec (University of Houston Professor of Violin and Winner of the Wieniawski Violin Competition), and Federico Agostini (Eastman Professor of Violin and international recording artist). Several of our students have received funding from the UT School of Music to attend prestigious summer festivals and conferences throughout the US and Europe.  

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