Tributaries: Piano Music Of Scott Hiltzik
Elina Christova: Bio
Elina Christova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, but lived in Vienna, Austria until her early teenage years. It was in Vienna that she began piano lessons at age 9, and was accepted into the preparatory division of the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst two years later. She is a graduate of the Sofia Music School and the Sofia Music Academy in Bulgaria, has participated in a piano specialization course in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and as a Fulbright grantee has graduated from Manhattan School of Music in New York from both the Master's and Doctoral Programs.
Elina is an active performer with appearances in Europe and the US as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. She has played in venues such as Weill Recital Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Steinway Gallery, Klein Auditorium, the Pequot Library and the Greenwich Arts Council in Connecticut, The National Palace of Culture in Bulgaria, and Selb Concert Hall in Germany. She has performed as soloist with the Sofia Academy Orchestra, The Razgrad Symphony Orchestra, and Greater Bridgeport Youth Symphony, and is the recipient of prizes from the national piano competition "Dimitar Nenov" in Razgrad, Bulgaria, and the international competitions "Albert Roussel", "Earth and Man" in Sofia, Bulgaria, and the Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Senigalia, Italy.
She has recorded two CD albums, both with piano music by contemporary American composers Scott Hiltzik and Marcia Preston respectively, and is currently working on a third, with music by French composer Olivier Messiaen. Elina is on the music faculty at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, where she is an adjunct professor of music theory, music history and piano. She is also organist, music director and Artistic Director of the concert series Baroque to Modern on Main at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Trumbull, CT and is on the piano faculty at Suzuki Music School of Westport. She is an adjudicator for numerous piano festivals in New York City and Connecticut, and
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Pianist Elina Christova plays new music by Scott Hiltzik on Tributaries. Melodic & Intelligent, 'Tributaries' integrates the Classical Compositional Tradition with Jazz & World Elements. "Scott Hiltzik's music is gorgeous, unapologetically so", composer Daniel Felsenfeld comments. "The solo piano music on this disc lives in the vivid sonic worlds of Chopin crossed with Ravel, the virtuosity of Liszt by way of Bill Evans, the flexible but fluid unpredictability of Brahms served up with the occasional hint of bite courtesy of Shostakovich or Prokofiev. Here in the post-atonal world composers are often made to question and doubt their right to write moving music. And where contemporary composers can be afraid, the music of Scott Hiltzik plays as unassailably hewn to this awesome tradition. It comes as a nice surprise-little torpor, no madness, just deftly made harmonic gestures supporting lilting, even sing-able, melodies."
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