Maritsa Hristova

2011 Legacy Winner, Longy School of Music

Bulgarian born violist and composer Maritsa Hristova is currently a first year Masters degree student in Viola Performance at Longy School of Music. She is a recipient of the Longy Presidential Scholarship, prior to which she won a full tuition scholarship at The Boston Conservatory.  

Maritsa’s strong desire to bring her country’s folklore music onto the concert stage started while she was studying at the Pancho Vladigerov National Music School, named after the well-known Bulgarian composer. Maritsa was the violist of the Pancho Vladigerov String Quintet, and she performed with the ensemble in every major Bulgarian hall and venue, including the capital’s NDK hall. The ensemble was the first classical string ensemble at a Bulgarian school to present its own arrangements and compositions based on Bulgarian folk music.  In 2003, the ensemble was awarded second place at the Hopes, Talents, Masters VII International Youth Music Festival-Competition in Albena, Bulgaria. 

Maritsa finds living in Boston very rewarding. She has performed numerous concerts with Jazz, Latin, Indian, Rock and Pop music artists in venues such as Berklee Performance Center and The House of Blues, to name just a few.  Maritsa most recently collaborated with the Aditya Balani Group for their first album, and the song titled “Quicksand” won Jazz Revelation Label Competition at Berklee College of Music. 

For the past four years Maritsa has enjoyed working with internationally- known classical and Baroque musicians including Burton Kaplan, Dimitri Murrath and Dana Maiben; jazz faculty Mimi Rabson at Berklee College of Music and the exceptional faculty of summer festivals such as Apple Hill Music Festival and Bowdoin International Music Festival.

Maritsa believes that the social responsibility of the 21st century musician is to seek to educate and use one’s musical gift for uplifting purposes. This belief in the power of music is the idea behind the newly formed duo Vortex, which Maritsa formed with cellist Elena Korableva.  Apart from composing for the duo, Maritsa enjoys long walks, all books, and Bulgarian cuisine, especially meals featuring tomatoes and feta cheese.