Tenured in 1991
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, the Award winning violinist KATIA POPOV has held the positions of Concertmaster of the Sofia Chamber Orchestra and the Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra. Continuing her studies in the Paris Conservatory, she became a Concertmaster of the European Symphony Orchestra with whom she recorded and traveled extensively throughout Europe. After moving to the United States, Katia became a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Principal II Violin of the Long Beach Symphony, and Associate Concertmaster of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
She is a recipient of the Grand Prize of the International Violin Competition Kozian, First Prize at the Jeunesse Musicale Competition for chamber music and First Prize at the International Violin Competition Nedialka Simeonova. She also had a “Fulbright” Scholarship at the Academy of Music In Sofia.
In March 2009 Ms. Popov was appointed Concertmaster of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Under the baton of such conductors as John Mauceri, John Williams, Thomas Wilkins, David Newman and Bramwel Tovey she has performed with some of the biggest stars in the show business like Placido Domingo, Sir James Galloway, Joshua Bell, Marilyn Horne, Harry Connick Jr., Gloria Estefan, Beck, Chicago, Earth Wind and Fire and many more.
She also has performed numerous times with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has been part of such festivals as Salzburg, Bach Music Festival, Spoletto and Brahms Festival in Tour France. She has collaborated with such artists as Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yo Yo Ma, Pinkas Zukerman, Sir Simon Rattle, Izhak Perlman. Her teachers include Iona Brown, Nell Goutkovsky, Vladimir Spivakov and Alexander Treger.
Katia is a busy studio musician who has recorded more then 600 scores for motion pictures in Los Angeles, where she has worked for many of the most sought after composers in Hollywood.
Ms. Popov is a founder and first violinist of the Award winning California String Quartet and is the Music Director of the Musical Sunday Afternoons, popular chamber music concert series in Los Angeles.
She has performed as a soloist with the Sofia Philharmonic, the European Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Chamber Orchestra, Redlands Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, the Long Beach Symphony and the Santa Monica Symphony, amongst others. Katia is also an official endorser of the famousa Thomastic Infeld “Vision Solo” Violin Strings from Vienna and the voice of the popular classical radio station “K-Mozart”.
She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Peter, daughter Irina, son Alexander and little yorkie named Zip!! In her “spare” time she loves to make jewelry and her favorite off time is going to Mammoth and Hawaii.