Dr. Miroslav Hristov is Assistant Professor of Violin, having served on the faculty of the University of Tennessee School of Music since 2006. Dr. Hristov has presented master classes and performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra leader throughout the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, France, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Poland, Croatia, Greece, Norway, Sweden, as well as his native Bulgaria. Previously, he was Professor of Violin in the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico where he served as Principal Second Violin of the Orquesta de Camara de Monterrey and the Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad de Nuevo Leon. In 1995, he was First Prize winner of the National Violin Competition "Dobrin Petkov" in Bulgaria, and was later invited as a soloist to perform with the Plovdiv Philharmonic. In 1998, he was a prizewinner for the MTNA Collegiate String Performance Competition for the State of Louisiana and Southern Regional Division. He has also served on the juries of several string competitions. Dr. Hristov has been a member of numerous professional orchestras and has participated in notable orchestra and chamber music festivals. He has recorded for Bulgarian National Radio and WUOT in Knoxville. Dr. Hristov is in high demand as an instructor for advanced violin students. His students have won numerous regional and statewide competitions, and several of his former students hold prestigious scholarships and professional appointments. An advocate of contemporary Bulgarian music, he has premiered the works of Bulgaria's leading composers in Europe and the United States. He holds degrees in violin performance from the State Academy of Music "Pancho Vladigerov" in Bulgaria and the doctorate of musical arts degree in violin performance from the University of Kentucky. His teachers and mentors include Elisaveta Kazakova, Petar Hristoskov, Yakov Voldman, and Daniel Mason. In addition to his busy schedule as a performer and a teacher, he also serves as the Associate Concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and First Violinist of the Knoxville Symphony Principal Quartet. With these ensembles, Dr. Hristov performs over fifty concerts a year in the East Tennessee region, often performing as soloist. Students of Dr. Hristov have soloed with the Knoxville Symphony, the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Knoxville Symphony Youth Chamber Orchestra.