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Yana Hristova

, Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Bulgarian flutist Yana Hristova passionately embraces jazz and world music which expands on her extensive classical training. She is an active freelancer in the DC area, sharing her musical prowess as a participant in various projects and ensembles that incorporate a vast array of musical genres. Some of her recent performances include multi-genre flute and guitar recitals with guitarist Cristian Perez, flute and piano recital presenting music by Bulgarian composers with pianist Dr Ina Mirtcheva and a multicultural chamber/world music set with the Cristian Perez Quintet. Yana has performed at the Mansion at Strathmore, Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, Blues Alley Jazz Club, George Mason University Center for the Arts, Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, and Twins Jazz club. 

Yana began her musical journey playing by ear with a mini, electric piano, followed by formal piano lessons at the age of seven. At ten, she immersed herself thoroughly in a classical music education program where she pursued the flute. Her formative flute teachers include Nikolay Yordanov, Ivona Nedeva and prof. Lydia Oshavkova.

During her high school and college years, Yana won first prize in several national and international competitions, among them “Svetoslav Obretenov,” “Classical and modern” and “Young Virtuosos”. She continued developing her musicianship in the master classes of world-renowned flutists Andrash Adorian, Wolfgang Schulz, Brian Luce, Gary Schocker, and Marianne Gedigian. Yana’s dedication provided her the rare opportunity to perform as a soloist with professional orchestras including: Mozart - Concertos in D and G, Vivaldi – Concerto “Le Tempesta di Mare,” and Reinecke – Concerto in D. In 2006, she was the sole recipient of Gallery “Young talents” scholarship for Woodwind instruments.

Yana holds flute performance degrees from the National Academy of Music in Bulgaria (BM) and the University of South Florida (MM) where she was presented with an Outstanding Merit Award in “recognition of outstanding student citizenship and exemplary performance during the 2007-08 academic year.” She recently completed two years of postgraduate studies at George Mason University, which included jazz lessons with Kenneth Rittenhouse (member of The United States Army “Blues” Jazz Ensemble). 

Yana’s teaching experience begins in 2003. She taught one-on-one and group flute lessons at Joan Sparks’ Flute Pro Shop (DE), International School of Music in Bethesda (VA) and The Music Loft in Herndon (VA). Currently she teaches at the Harmonia School of Music and Arts in Vienna, VA and maintains her own successful private flute studio in Arlington, VA. Yana continually strives to improve her teaching style by attending seminars (like “Beyond the Notes: Exploring New Paths to Excellence” by The Association Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)), subscribing to flute magazines, and participating in online discussions and blogs on flute-related topics.

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