5 Fast Facts with Michael Houstoun & Bella Hristova

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Acclaimed New Zealand pianist, Michael Houstoun, and 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition winner, Bella Hristova, first toured together in 2008. They bonded over a common passion for Beethoven and nine years later they’ve been reunited, touring New Zealand again from 24 August – 9 September. 


Michael Houstoun was born in Timaru. He became interested in the piano when he was a small child and began lessons at the age of 5.


When she was younger, Bella wanted to play the piano but her mom insisted she played the violin. She started lessons at 6 years old and her first public performance was at a Bulgarian festival, playing “Little Duck”.


In 2013, CMNZ presented Re-cycle: a year long journey that saw Michael Houstoun performing Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas in 40 concerts around the country.


Aotearoa is Bella's favorite country. She feels like an honorary kiwi saying she loves Phoenix Ginger Beer and for her 2017 CMNZ tour she's looking forward tasting pies and driving through the country with Michael.


Bella plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin, once owned by the violinist Louis Krasner.


Find out more about Michael Houstoun & Bella Hristova - here