Ensemble Bellissima is experienced, professional, and reliable. We provide entertainment music for many special occasions: weddings, anniversaries, gallery openings, various corporate events, receptions, brunches, luncheons, teas, background dinner/cocktail music for parties, benefits, private clubs and organizations, holidays, appreciation and recognition banquets, restaurants, nightclubs, and more. We have a vast repertoire of music from all genres: Classical, Show tunes & Movie Music, Pop, Jazz, Ragtime & Novelty Pieces.
Under the leadership of internationally acclaimed virtuoso violinist Hristo Popov, you will be getting the best music available. Let us make your next occasion colorful!
Ensemble Bellissima was everything I expected and more. They made my event very special and communicated with me every step of the way. I highly recommend them!
I'll be honest - I was a little scared as I was standing in the altar and heard a couple songs go haywire. Not sure what happened or if they just needed to warm up, but the violinist was struggling and the pianist was doing her best to hold things together.
By the time most guests had arrived, things were much better and the procession/recession music was great.
Thank you for being a part of our special day!
Response from Ensemble Bellissima:
Thank you for your note! Not sure which part of the prelude went haywire, but may be it was the confusion with the choir coming in and not having a coordinator to cue when the bridal party was ready. Congratulations on such a special moment of your lives!
Wonderful person and incredible musician!
Hristo was right in the ball and was perfect for the gig that was to propose to my fiancé.
He was early and just wonderful.
Thanks!!! I will use him again!
Excellent music, would recommend to anyone
We recently hired Ensemble Bellissima (as a solo violinist) for our beach wedding in Stuart and he was absolutely brilliant!! Since my wife and I currently live in Memphis, we had to plan everything over the internet. He was extremely accommodating and helpful in coming up with musical selections. The day of our wedding, he showed up early, professionally dressed and was perfectly prepared to play the pieces we selected. We were somewhat concerned that it would be difficult to hear with the waves crashing into rocks only a few feet away, but his dulcet tones carried wonderfully and everyone thought it sounded beautiful. It really made our ceremony special and we cannot recommend Ensemble Bellissima enough!!
He played a 15 minute prelude, processional and recessional music, all for a very affordable rate. He is professional and kind. Do yourself a favor and book Ensemble Bellissima!!
Mr. Popov play the violin at our reception and he did an outstanding job. He helped me pick the right music selection and made our event wonderful. Couldn't be happier with his service and would recommend him highly.
Ensemble Bellissima made our wedding very special! Hats off to these wonderful musicians!!
What to Expect
Professional musical performance, promptness, help with selecting the right music for your occasion, attractive presence of the musicians, dress code conforming with the needs of the event.
Described as “Virtuoso-violinist extraordinaire” (Musical Horizons), Hristo Popov, brings tremendous experience to the concert stage. He made his orchestra debut at the age of nine with Plovdiv State Philharmonic Orchestra and since then has performed at major performing arts venues as recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist in United States and Europe including Carnegie Hall – New York, Dvorak Hall at the Rudolfium in Prague, Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, among others. His Carnegie Hall debut has been hailed by The Strad Magazine as “…alert and energetic”.
Hristo 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. He has been selected as Artist of the Month at the Obama for Arts and Entertainment Organization in April of 2009. He has appeared as guest artist in numerous festivals such as Park City International Music Festival, Plovdiv International Chamber Music Festival, Sofia Musical Weeks Music Festival, Summit Music Festival in New York, InterHarmony International Music Festival, among others.
Hristo Popov musical education is unique and always ongoing. Born in a family of musicians and educators of four generations, he began studying the violin at the age of four in his native country, Bulgaria. He completed most of his studies in the United States after winning full scholarship to attend the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. He holds Bachelor Degree and Artist Diploma from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. As a member of the Niles String Quartet at University of Kentucky while completing Doctoral of Musical Arts. Currently, he serves as Artistic Director of the Chagrin Concert Series, and Concertmaster of Cleveland Opera Circle, Warren Philharmonic and Opera Western Reserve.
Dr. Popov has led residencies at many universities on Early 20th Century Eastern European Composers and the Violin focusing on specifically on the composers Bela Bartok, George Enescu, and Pancho Vladigerov. His recent performance at Carnegie Hall, New York, of works featuring these composers was praised by the New York Concert Review as “outstanding from start to finish”.
Hristo Popov performs music from the standard repertoire as well as significant works of the contemporary genre. Dr. Popov performs over twenty violin concerti and he maintains a wide variety of recital programs. His performances have been documented on TV and radio stations in United States, Mexico, and Bulgaria and has recorded albums for TC Recordings and Bravante Records. He has performed with members of the Juilliard Quartet, Miami Quartet, Miro Quartet, Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, among others. He continues to receive rave reviews - as described recently by The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, “…the performance benefited from the elegant purity soloist Hristo Popov invested in every phrase. Popov traced the lyrical and vibrant lines (Mozart – Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish) with unruffled assurance. He enabled the music to float where necessary and made easy work of the acrobatic demands.”
Pianist Eriko Izumida has been an active soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician. She has performed extensively throughout the United States and Asia with numbers of artists including the Cleveland Orchestra members. In addition, she presents a number of recital programs for various community service venues. Ms. Izumida has been teaching the piano privately since 2000, and now teaches at Bellissima Music Academy in Wellington, Florida. She was on the piano faculty of Baldwin Wallace Collage Preparatory/ Adult Education Department and Chagrin Valley Music Academy, and also a staff accompanist at BW Conservatory. Her students have won contests and scholarships; some students have been accepted to leading music schools; some has has been frequently appearing local hospitals and retirement houses.
A native of Japan, she began studying piano at the age of three. She has studied with Graeme Humphrey at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Dr. Thomas Hecht at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she holds both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in piano performance. Other teachers include Robert McDonald, Jacques Rouvier, Ellen Mack, Daniel Shapiro, Noriko Iwabe and Michio Kobayashi. Her chamber music/collaborative piano mentors include Anne Epperson and Eric Charnofsky. In addition, she studied harpsichord with Janina Ceaser. Her CD is available under TC Recordings label.
Additional Booking Notes
Outdoor performance - Adequate dry, shady & non-windy space must be provided for the performers.
If requesting our pianist, the venue must have a tuned piano or a keyboard. We do not provide a portable keyboard.
Past Booked Events
|December 16, 2017 • 4:30pm - 8:30pm||Christmas Party|
|November 03, 2017 • 4:30pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 06, 2017 • 3:30pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 16, 2016 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm||Dinner Party|
|March 12, 2016 • 7:30pm - 8:15pm||Wedding Engagement|
|February 20, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
|February 06, 2016||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|January 16, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
|December 27, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|December 20, 2015||Cocktail Party|
|December 19, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|December 03, 2015||Anniversary Party|
|October 24, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 21, 2015||Cocktail Party|
|October 17, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 26, 2015||Birthday (Adult)|
|August 01, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 13, 2015||Birthday (Adult)|
|June 06, 2015||Graduation|
|May 24, 2015||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|May 17, 2015||Anniversary Party|
|January 24, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
A few examples here - Many more selections available!
Canon in D - Pachelbel
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach
Ave Maria - Schubert/Bach (Gounod)
Ave Maria - Caccini/Mascagni
Air - Bach
Trumpet Voluntary - Purcell
Queen of Sheba - Handel
Wedding March - Mendelssohn/Wagner
Watermusic - Handel
Arioso - Bach
Largo - Handel
Marry You - Glee
Thousand Years - Cristina Perri
River Flows In You - Yiruma
All You Need is Love - The Beatles
You Raise Me Up - Rolf Loveland and Brendan Graham
Sugar - Maroon 5
Someday My Prince Will Come - Churchill
Secret Garden - Adagio
Can't Help Falling in Love - G. Weiss
She's Always a Woman - Billy Joel
La Vie En Rose - Edith Piaf
Across the Universe - The Beatles
Flightless Bird - Samuel Beam
Sweet Disposition - The Tamper Trap
O Mio Babbino Caro - Puccini
Our Love is Here to Stay - Gershwin
Four Seasons - Vivaldi
Quartets - Mozart
Quartets - Haydn
Cardas - Monti
Salut d'Amour - Elgar
Meditation from Thais - Massenet
Für Elise - Beethoven
Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven
Rondo Alla Turca - Mozart
Nocturne - Chopin
Swan - Saint-Saens
Arabesque - Debussy
Clair de lune - Debussy
La fille aux cheveux de lin - Debussy
Schön Rosmarin - Kreisler
Après un rêve - Faure
Liebesleid - Kreisler
Vocalise - Rachmaninoff
Gymnopédies - Satie
Je te veux - Satie
Tangos - Piazzolla
Plink, Plan, Plunk! - Anderson
Fiddle Faddle - Anderson
The Entertainer - Joplin
Maple Leaf Rag - Joplin
Take Five - Desmond
Minor Swing - Grapelli
It had to be you - Isham Jones
Tea for Two – Youmans
Take the ‘A’ Train - Strayhorn
What a Wonderful World – Thiele
L-O-V-E - Kaempfert
Autumn Leaves - Kosma
Moon River - Mancini
As Time Goes By - Hupfeld
Amapola - Lacalle
My Way - Francois
Piano Man - Billy Joel
Imagine - John Lennon
The sound of silence - Simon
Beyond the Sea - Trenet
Love Story - Lai
All of me - John Legend
Clarity - Zedd
Cry Me A River - Justin Timberlake
Empire State of Mind - Alicia Keys
Fallin' - Alicia Keys
Girl on Fire - Alicia Keys
Holy Grail - Justin Timberlake
Rather Be - Clean Bandit
Rolling in the Deep - Adele Adkins
Say Something - A Great Big World
Secrets - OneRepublic
Stay With Me - Sam Smith
Titanium - David Guetta
Without You - David Guetta
Home - Phillip Phillips
Magic - Coldplay
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Skyfall - Adele Adkins
Gabriel's Oboe - Morricone
Last Carnival - Norihiro Tsuru
One Hand, One Heart - West Side Story
Phantom of the Opera - Lloyd Webber
Memory - Lloyd Webber
Don't cry for me Argentina - Lloyd Webber
Les Misérables - Schönberg
Send In The Clowns - Sondheim
Look to the Rainbow - Lane
Over the Rainbow - Arlen
Sound of Music - Rodgers
Sunrise, Sunset - Fiddler on the Roof
Tomorrow - Annie
It's a small world - Disney
When You Wish Upon A Star - Hairline
Getting to Know You - The King and I
Consider Yourself - Oliver
Beauty and the Beast - Disney
Chim Chim Cher-ee - Mary Poppins
Christmas Carols - All
Influences & Inspiration
Classical music for violin and piano, Broadway shows, jazz and popular songs. We take requests on music selections.
Adequate dry, shady & non-windy space for outdoor performance
If requesting our pianist, the venue must have a tuned piano or a keyboard. We do not provide a portable keyboard.