Dr. Hristo BirbochukovClassical Instrumental: Piano Classical Instrumental
The Bulgarian-born pianist Hristo Birbochukov has appeared frequently in solo and collaborative performances in Eastern Europe and in the United States, including a New York debut recital in 2012. Known for his “sensitivity” and “superb artistry” (Edward Lein, Intermezzo Concert Series), Birbochukov has performed as guest soloist with numerous orchestras and has participated in international music festivals, such as the International Festival for Contemporary Piano Music ppIANISSIMO (Sofia, Bulgaria), International Festival of New Music (Florida), and the Las Vegas Music Festival. Birbochukov’s honors include awards from national and international piano competitions in Bulgaria, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award as a Pianist and Music Educator (United States, 2017), the Phi Kappa Phi Artist of the Year Award (Florida, 2007), and a Tallahassee Music Guild Award (2005 and 2007). Birbochukov’s television and radio appearances have included broadcasts in both Bulgaria and in the United States and he has been featured in national and international press including the official website of BBC Music Magazine and the largest-circulation Bulgarian national newspaper Trud.
Hristo Birbochukov earned his Doctor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Florida State University, where he taught applied piano as a Teaching Assistant. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Music Conservatory in Sofia, Bulgaria, under Prof. Dimo Dimov. A sought-after educator, Dr. Birbochukov has presented recitals and master classes at numerous colleges and universities across the Southeastern United States and has served as an adjudicator for competitions in the United States and Eastern Europe. Students of Dr. Birbochukov are frequent winners of state, regional, and national piano competitions.
Dr. Birbochukov is serving on the faculty of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) as an Artist-Teacher in applied piano and is on the Board of Directors of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans (MASNO).
Personal Website: http://www.birbochukov.info