The Bulgarian-born pianist Hristo Birbochukov, known for his “sensitivity” and “superb artistry” (Edward Lein, Intermezzo Concert Series), has performed as guest soloist with numerous orchestras and has appeared frequently in solo and collaborative music performances in United States and Eastern Europe. He has participated in prestigious international music festivals, including the International Festival for Contemporary Piano Music “Pianissimo” (Sofia), Festival of New Music (Florida), and the Las Vegas Music Festival. Birbochukov’s many awards include the Phi Kappa Phi Artist of the Year Award (FSU, 2007), Tallahassee Music Guild (2005 and 2007), Liberace Scholar Grant for Las Vegas Music Festival (2003), and he was a winner of the Young Artist Competition (2003) sponsored by the Monroe Symphony League and Monroe Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana.
Hristo is an inducted member of both Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society and the Seminole Torchbearers. Birbochukov’s television and radio appearances have included broadcasts in both Bulgaria and in the United States. Curious fact in Birbochukov’s career is his participation as an actor-musician in the Hollywood blockbuster “21 Jump Street.” Hristo Birbochukov earned his Doctor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Florida State University, where he taught applied piano as a Teaching Assistant. His Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance is from the State Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria, under Prof. Dimo Dimov.