BM Sofia Music Academy, MM & DMA Manhattan School of Music
Elina is an active performer with appearances in Europe and the US as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. She has played at Weill Recital Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York; Steinway Gallery, Klein Auditorium, the Pequot Library, Westport Library, Suzuki Music School of Westport and the Greenwich Arts Council in Connecticut; Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana; The National Palace of Culture, Sofia Music School and Bulgaria Hall in Bulgaria; and Selb Concert Hall in Germany, among other venues.
She has performed as a 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.
Elina has recorded two CD albums to date, both with piano music by contemporary American composers, Scott Hiltzik and Marcia Preston respectively. In the summer of 2012, Elina Christova and violinist Andrew Smith, performing as the Elan Duo, recorded Beethoven’s complete violin sonatas at Radford University in Radford, Virginia, under the Mahin Media label with recording engineer Bruce Mahin. Elina is currently working on several other recording projects with music by French composer Olivier Messiaen, and Scriabin’s ten piano sonatas.
Elina is on the piano faculty at Suzuki Music School of Westport, and is organist at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Trumbull, CT where she also serves as music director, choir director and Artistic Director of the concert series Baroque to Modern on Main. Until recently she was on the music faculty at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, where she was an adjunct professor of music theory, music history and piano.
Elina has been on the adjudicating panels of numerous piano festivals both in New York City and Connecticut, and is an active member of various professional organizations.
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. Two years later she was accepted into the preparatory division of the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst where she studied with Prof. Imola Fonyad-Joo and Prof. Hans Graf.
She is a graduate of the Sofia Music School and the Sofia Music Academy in Bulgaria where she was a student of Prof. Jenny Zaharieva, has participated in a piano specialization course in Utrecht, the Netherlands with Prof. Herman Ulhorn, and as a Fulbright grantee has graduated from Manhattan School of Music in New York from both the Master's and Doctoral Programs in the studio of Dr. Solomon Mikowsky.
Dr. Elina Christova