Internationally renowned violinist, Town’s Hristov, soloist at Sacred Heart X 2

The Amadeus Chamber Ensemble announces its concertmaster, the illustrious Bulgarian violinist Miroslav Hristov — who has called Farragut hid home for the past nine years — will be a featured soloist in two free 2024 concerts.

The internationally renowned artist will be a featured soloist in the Ensemble’s French Opera Jewels program beginning at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, March 3, playing the beloved “Meditation” from Massenet’s rarely performed opera, “Thaïs.”

At 5:30 p.m., Sunday, May 26, Hristov will be heard in Albéniz’s dazzling “Una Noche en Sevilla, “the opening selection on the Ensemble’s Fiesta Española! program.

Both concerts are part of the Cathedral Concert Series at The Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, 711 S. Northshore Drive in West Knoxville.

Brian Salesky, former director of Knoxville Opera who will conduct both concerts, recalls, “It has been my great pleasure and privilege to collaborate with Miro throughout the past two decades. We first worked together when he was a member of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and I was director of Knoxville Opera.

“Over the past five years, his devotion to the Amadeus Chamber Ensemble has given Knoxville audiences many opportunities to enjoy his exemplary artistry in a wide variety of repertoire,” Salesky added.

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, Latin America and Asia.

As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in international festivals and concert series, including the Musical Treasures series in Carnegie Hall, Interharmony International Music Festival in Italy, Sofia Music Weeks International Festival, Balabanov House Music Days, Big Arts Concert Series in Florida and Fredell Lack Series in Houston.

Recent performances include solo and chamber performances in the national recital halls of Taiwan and Singapore.

He also is a member of the internationally acclaimed Kaleidos Duo with pianist Vladimir Valjarevic.

Hristov has recorded for Centaur Records, Romeo Records, Blue Griffin Records, the Divine Arts Record label, Bulgarian National Radio and WUOT Knoxville.

A much-awarded professor of violin at the University of Tennessee, Hristov is founder/director of UT’s Ready for the World Music Series.

Admission for the Amadeus Chamber Ensemble concerts is free. Reservations are suggested and may be made starting two weeks prior to the concert on the Cathedral’s website