A versatile pianist with a particular affinity for modern and contemporary music, Elina Christova has been lauded by critics for her “deeply considered interpretations,” “facile pianism,” and “sure musical instincts.” For the past few years, she has been performing Scriabin’s entire published piano works in a series of recitals, with appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York, Ignacio Cervantes Hall in Havana, Cuba, and Faust Harrison Pianos and Steinway Piano Gallery in Connecticut. In June 2018 she will be presenting an all-Scriabin program at the World Piano Teachers Association Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia.
An active chamber musician, Elina recorded the complete Beethoven violin sonatas with Andrew Smith as the Elan Duo in 2012, their interpretation acclaimed as rivaling “any number of famous performers in this repertoire” by Fanfare Magazine. A passionate champion for the music of our time, Elina has recorded music by LA-based composer Scott Hiltzik. His music on the CD Tributaries has been declared “gorgeous, unapologetically so” by critics, and “ravishingly . . . played by Elina Christova, who just plain ‘gets’ this music.”
Elina is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Sacred Heart University and performs frequently as a solo recitalist and chamber musician. After studies at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, the National Music Academy in Sofia, and the University of the Arts in Utrecht, she moved to New York in 1996 as a Fulbright Scholar. She holds a Master’s and Doctoral Degree from Manhattan School of Music where she graduated from the studio of Dr. Solomon Mikowsky.