Hristina Beleva is a Bulgarian musician, artist, performer of the traditional instrument gadulka- invariably accompanying the Bulgarian folklore traditions from ancient times. Hristina’s playing is delicate, sensual, deep. She collaborates with musicians from all over the world. When she play, she strives to preserve the folklore traditions of Bulgaria and the Balkans. She easily paves the way for the gadulka in other genres in music. When Hristina talks about the gadulka, you will hear one thing: “This is a world instrument and it sounds beautiful!”
She was born on May 11, 1983, in the town of Aytos. She graduated from NUFI “Filip Kutev” in Kotel in the gadulka class of Velichchka Todorova and AMTII “Asen Diamandiev” in Plovdiv in the class of Prof. Todor Kirov. Her first gadulka teachers were Dimitar Zlatev and her brother Ivan Belev. She continues to learn from the great masters of the reed Yanko Petrov, Mihail Marinov, Atanas Valchev, Georgi Petrov, Nikolay Paskalev, Dimitar Lavchev, Peyo Peev, Georgi Andreev, Dobromir Velev and others.
Hristina’s musical path began with the folklore ensemble “Trakia” (2004-2006) and continued in the National Folklore Ensemble “Philip Kutev” (2006-2016). Today the bagpiper is a soloist in the Folk Music Orchestra at the Bulgarian National Radio.
In 2008 Hristina received an invitation to join the group “Bulgara” – the group that uses drum & bass, funk, rock and jazz elements to emphasize the harmonious beauty of Bulgarian folklore, thus approaching the idea of world fusion.
In 2011 she was among the musicians participating in the oratorio “A Melancholy Beauty” by Georgi Andreev, which premiered at the Lincoln Center (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington) with the Washington National Philharmonic and at the Wang Theater (Boston) with Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
In the same year another great challenge followed – original music in a duet – gadulka and guitar. From their joint music making in the ensemble “Philip Kutev”, where they meet -Hristina Beleva and Peter Milanov start their acoustic duo. The provocation for both is great in the process of creating original compositions. The musicians release the albums “On Focus” 2012 and “Let me tell you” 2014. In 2018 the duo became part of the band in the new album “BooCheeMish” of the world famous Bulgarian choir “The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices” with a special guest Lisa Gerard. Three European tours and over 50 concerts follow. At the invitation of David Kuckerman, Hristina participated in the album “Hiraeth” by Lisa Gerrard & David Kuckhermann, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2019. in the New Age Album category.
Her experimental spirit in music leads her to a variety of projects such as: her participation in theatrical performances and performances of the association “On a real case”, the album with meditative music of the Indigo Orchestra, the international project Roots Revival Project, MyStory Of Folklore, Bellova trio, Aleix Tobias project, Om New Quartet, Ethno +, Beleva & Hadzhigrudev duo, UnTraditional Duet and others.