Rising Star Spotlight: Bella Hristova

Violinist Bella Hristova takes the stage at Ravinia's Bennett-Gordon Hall Saturday, October 15 at 8 P.M. as part of the 2011/2012 Season of Rising Stars. Tickets are only $10 and space is limited! We recently got in touch with Bella to ask a few questions, and are happy to be able to share with you.


Q: What is your favorite movie of all time?

A: Pixar's Up

Q: What would be the most difficult thing for you to give up?

A: My hearing

Q: If you could have dinner with any three famous people (living or dead), who would they be?

A: Beethoven, my dad (he was a well-known Russian composer and I never knew him before he passed away) and Katee Sackhoff (I'm a huge Battlestar Galactica fan)

Q: Is there anything you miss from before you were famous?

A: I don’t think of myself as famous, but if I were to put myself in a famous person’s shoes, I’d miss my privacy. 

Q: What will you hope to be doing a year from now?

A: I hope to be a dog owner by then, but I know that it’s probably not going to happen. I'm away from home too much. 

Q: Do you have an annoying habit?

A: I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I like to knit, and if I mess up just one stitch and don’t catch it in time, I have to go back and start over. 

Q: What do you do to wind down after a performance?

A: Have a glass of wine or a cocktail (and dinner, of course) 

Q: What is the best compliment you ever received and from who?

A: Anytime I see that someone is moved by a performance I played, it’s a pretty big compliment.