November 23 & 24, 2019 Concerts

Slovakian-born conductor Martin Majkut, one of six RCO Music Director candidates, makes his Reno debut with a concert spanning continents and centuries.  The first half opens with a Baroque Italian gem before moving into one of the best works for chamber orchestra by Argentinean composer Alberto Ginastera.  Virtuoso soloist Bella Hristova joins the orchestra in the second half for a lovely work from Majkut’s home country, and Beethoven’s glorious, transcendent Violin Concerto

SATURDAY – NOVEMBER 23, 2019 – 7:30 P.M.*
SUNDAY – NOVEMBER 24, 2019 – 2:00 P.M.*

Nightingale Concert Hall, UNR

MARTIN MAJKUT, Music Director finalist
Mr. Majkut’s appearance is made possible by a generous donation from Rachel Rosemann.

Ms. Hristova’s appearance is made possible by a generous donation from Judith Strasser & Les Cohen.


CIMAROSA (1749-1801) | Overture from Il Maestro di Cappella

GINASTERA (1916-1983) | Variciones Concertantes

ZELJENKA (1932-2007) | Musica Slovaca

BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) | Violin Concerto

*Pre-concert Talks:

Get to know Music Director candidate Martin Majkut! Join us for a pre-concert interview held 45 minutes before the performance (6:45 PM on Saturday and 1:15 PM on Sunday), or stay for a reception with light refreshments in the lobby after each concert.


Martin Majkut, Music Director finalist

Born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia), Majkut graduated from the State Conservatory and served as Assistant Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic while earning his Ph.D. in conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts. While studying, he worked with the Slovak Philharmonic, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic and Slovak Sinfonietta.

Majkut came to the U.S. as a Fulbright scholar in 2003 and earned a D.M.A., his second doctorate, in 2008, at the University of Arizona. He also studied with Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy and Salvador Mas Conde at the Wiener Meisterkurse in Vienna, Austria.

Maestro Majkut is in his 3rdseason as Music Director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra in New York. Performing in a variety of ethnically diverse communities, the orchestra has expanded its season and is quickly gaining popularity in the dynamic borough of 2.35 million people.

Majkut has been serving as Music Director of the Rogue Valley Symphony (RVS) in Ashland, Oregon since 2010. The RVS has experienced a remarkable growth under his leadership. The 50th season of the orchestra, with five world premieres and a star-studded line-up of soloists, earned him an invitation to the 2018 League of American Orchestras conference as a featured presenter in the Frontiers: Risk + Rewardsession. For the upcoming “Season of Women,” he lined up a roster of exclusively female soloists, representing the broadest swath of backgrounds and ethnicities.

Maestro Majkut’s ability to inspire the orchestra and deliver exciting, polished and powerful performances results in enthused audiences and many sold out concerts. He has been called “amazing, supremely gifted” and “an incomparable, unique and perhaps irreplaceable asset” by the press in Oregon.

Majkut’s engagements in 2019 include Hansel and Gretel with Brava! Opera in Oregon, a program celebrating the 70th anniversary of his alma mater in Bratislava, Slovakia, and a concert with the Nevada-based Reno Chamber Orchestra.

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Photos of Martin courtesy of Christopher Briscoe Photography

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Bella Hristova, violin

Internationally acclaimed violinist Bella Hristova is known for her passionate and powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument. Her numerous prizes include an Avery Fisher Career Grant, First Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and First Prize in the Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

Every year Ms. Hristova performs a truly impressive number of works as soloist with orchestra. During the 2019-20 season, her schedule includes no fewer than twelve different pieces, including Bartók with the Peninsula Music Festival (WI), Beethoven Romances No. 1 and 2 with the Hilton Head Symphony, Brahms with the Williamsburg Symphony, Bruch Scottish Fantasy with the Eugene Symphony, David Ludwig with the Hawaii Symphony and Symphony Tacoma, Mendelssohn with the Pensacola Symphony, Mozart No. 5 with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, Florence Prize with the Knoxville Symphony, Sibelius with the Stockton Symphony and Orchestra Iowa, and Ilja Zeljenka’s Musica Solvaka and Beethoven with the Reno Chamber Orchestra.

In past seasons, Ms. Hristova has performed extensively as a soloist with orchestras including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and the Kansas City, Hawaii, Milwaukee and Winnipeg Symphonies.

She has performed recitals at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and Boston’s Isabella Gardner Museum, and regularly appears with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She has toured New Zealand performing the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin with renowned pianist Michael Houstoun.

“Bella Unaccompanied,” Ms. Hristova’s recording on A.W. Tonegold Records, features works by Corigliano, Kevin Puts, Piazzolla, Milstein, and Bach. A committed proponent of new music, she commissioned iconic American composer Joan Tower to write “Second String Force,” which she premiered and performed in recitals throughout the United States and abroad. She further collaborated with her husband David Ludwig on a violin concerto written for her through a consortium of eight major orchestras across the country.

Bella Hristova began violin studies at the age of six in her native Bulgaria. She then studied with Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and received her Artist Diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University. Ms. Hristova plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin, once owned by the violinist Louis Krasner.

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Photo of Bella by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

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