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Miroslav Hristov

Dr. Miroslav Hristov

Associate Professor of Violin

University of Tennessee
School of Music
326 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
Knoxville, TN 37996-4040
Phone: 865-974-7535


Violinist Miroslav Hristov has been hailed by Fanfare Magazine for his "fine technique and a full palette of tonal colors." In 2012, he was a featured soloist in the Carnegie Hall presentation Music from the Balkans: Crossroads of Civilization, where he performed for dignitaries of over a dozen European nations. He has presented master classes and performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra leader throughout the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, France, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Poland, Croatia, Greece, Norway, Sweden, as well as his native Bulgaria. 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. In 1995, he was First Prize winner of the National Violin Competition "Dobrin Petkov" in Bulgaria, and was later invited as a soloist to perform with the Plovdiv Philharmonic. In 1998, he was a prizewinner for the MTNA Collegiate String Performance Competition. As a former laureate, he also serves on the juries of several string competitions.

Dr. Hristov performs regularly as part of the Kaleidos Duo with pianist, Vladimir Valjarevic. As part of the Kaleidos Duo, Dr. Hristov released a recording of musical work from the Balkans for violin and piano, which critics claim to represent one of the best recordings ever of George Enescu's challenging and passionate Third Sonata for Violin and Piano. An avid chamber musician, Dr. Hristov also tours and performs regularly with the Appalachian Piano Trio.

Dr. Hristov is in high demand as an instructor for advanced violin students with career aspirations in violin performance. His students have won numerous competitions, and several of his former students hold prestigious scholarships and professional appointments. Additionally, Dr. Hristov is Co-Director of the University of Tennessee's Annual Violin Festival where over 100 participants gather to attend lectures, master classes, and perform with violin ensembles alongside world-renowned guest artists. As a faculty member, Dr. Hristov currently mentors a prosperous violin studio at the University of Tennessee School of Music.

Miroslav Hristov has been a member of numerous professional orchestras and has participated in notable orchestral and chamber music festivals. For eleven seasons, he served as both Associate Concertmaster and Acting Concertmaster with the Knoxville Symphony, performing numerous chamber and solo recitals as First Violinist of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Principal Quartet. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has recorded for Centaur Records, Bulgarian National Radio and WUOT in Knoxville.

An advocate of contemporary Bulgarian music, he has premiered the works of Bulgaria's leading composers in Europe and the United States. He holds degrees in violin performance from the State Academy of Music "Pantcho Vladigerov" in Bulgaria.

For more information, please visit his website at .


  • D.M.A. in Violin Performance - University of Kentucky (2008)
  • Violin Performance - State Academy of Music "Pancho Vladigerov" Bulgaria


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