Violinist Hristo Popov and Pianist Deltcho Deltchev, who both hail from Bulgaria, have formed a collaborative duo, performing the complete catalog of Franz Schubert's Sonatas for Violin and Piano. Hristo Popov brings tremendous experience to the concert stage. Mr. Popov made his orchestral debut at the age of nine. He has performed throughout the United States, England, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Italy, Switzerland, and Mexico as both recitalist and concerto soloist. He is a founding member of Trio Casalmaggiore and has been playing with them since 1998. Mr. Popov began his musical education in Bulgaria at the school for gifted children "Dobrin Petkov" in the city of Plovdiv. However, he has completed most of his education in the United States of America. He is a graduate of Idyllwild Arts Academy, Oberlin College, and Kent State University. Most recently, Mr. Popov completed his doctoral studies at the University of Kentucky. Notable mentors include Wolfgang Marschner, Todor Pelev, Michael Tseitlin, Taras Gabora, Oleh Krysa, and Daniel Mason. Mr. Popov is a prizewinner at the Kozian International Violin Competition, Silver Medalist at the California Young Artist Competition, winner of the Grand Prize at the International Institute of Music (Germany, USA), first place at the American String Teachers' Association Chamber Music Competition. Mr. Popov has appeared as guest artist in numerous festivals such as Park City International Music Festival, Plovdiv Chamber Music Festival, and the Sofia Summer Chamber Music Festival. He is Founder and Artistic Director of Summer Workshop for Strings. Mr. Popov has performed in major Performing Arts Centers in the United States including the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion - Los Angeles, Severance Hall - Cleveland, John F. Kennedy Center - Washington D.C and Casa Verdi - Milan, Italy. Mr. Popov performs over twenty violin concerti and he maintains a wide variety of recital programs. Mr. Popov is proficient in performing music from the standard repertoire as well as significant works of the contemporary genre. American composer Thomas Janson has recently composed a number of works specifically for Mr. Popov. He has also premiered works by the American composer and author, Rick Sowash. Mr. Popov has performed a number of television appearances from the United States to Mexico and Bulgaria and continues to receive rave reviews. As described by Kultur am Ort, Germany, Mr. Popov "proved to be a true virtuoso...he fascinated the audience with his warm Bohemian magically sweet tone and unsurpassed brilliance!" Bulgarian born pianist Deltcho Deltchev began piano studies at the age of five, entering the Special School for Gifted Children in Haskovo as one of their youngest students. A year later he presented his first solo recital, and shortly afterward, won first prize in both the Haskovo State Music Competition (1984) and the Nedialka Simeonova Piano Competition (1985). After entering the Plovdiv Boarding School of Music in 1986, Deltcho toured Bulgaria, and made his orchestral debut with the Haskovo Symphony Orchestra. Upon graduation, he received a full scholarship to the Academy of Music and Dance in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and was invited to perform in their opening gala concert in 1993. The following year Deltchev received a full scholarship from Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, where he earned a Performance Diploma. He continued his studies with full scholarships from San Francisco Conservatory and again at Indiana University at Bloomington, where he completed a graduate Performance Diploma. Deltcho Deltchev has performed extensively throughout the United State and Europe. Notable U.S. venues include the Museum of Fine Arts in Montgomery, Alabama, and Agnes Albert, Hellman Hall, and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in San Francisco. Engagements in the United States this season include recitals in Boston, Cape Cod, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Ohio and Las Cruces, New Mexico. This season Mr. Deltchev performs abroad in London, Brighton, Cyprus, Milan, Italy and St. Petersburg, Russia. Deltchev has received superlative reviews. The Montgomery Advisor wrote of Deltchev: 'This concert was a taste of heaven.' Just recently, the Los Alamos Monitor declared: 'Deltchev has the gift, but moreover, he has the presence a performer needs to hypnotize his audience."