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Krassimira Figg

“Krassimira Figg has all the drama and passion one would expect. Figg’s playing… was most impressive, as she made the melodies soar with a fluid, voice-like sound… “Performance… brought the crowd to its feet… most of the audience was still discussing [it] after the concert was over.”-Tulsa World, December 17, 2010 Tango – Piazzolla

A winner of several international cello competitions, Krassimira Vassileva Figg completed her studies in Bulgaria, where she served as principal cellist with one of the major national orchestras and cello professor at the Plovdiv Music School. She then moved to Paris, where she obtained a degree in chamber music and cello performance and performed with several orchestras, including the French National Orchestra, Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, Pierre Boulez’s contemporary ensemble, and the Ensemble Orchestral d’Aquitaine-Bordeaux, where she was principal cellist. During her time in France, Krassimira was chosen to perform at the famous Salle Gaveau for the sixtieth birthday of Mstislav Rostropovich, and she served as the assistant to the chamber music class at Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. In 1999, Krassimira moved to the U.S. with her family, first to Kansas City, where she played with the Kansas City Symphony and taught at the KCYA School of the Arts. She was a founding member of the cello quartet CelloRondo, which recorded its first CD in 2006. In 2009, Krassi moved to Tulsa, where she lives with her youngest son Brian and her dog Booboo. She is currently assistant principal cellist of the Tulsa Opera, a founding member of the Tulsa Camerata, a member of the Tulsa Symphony, and was a featured instrumentalist in the recent PBS live special “Kristen Chenoweth: Coming Home.” She also teaches at the bART Center for Music and in her own private cello studio. Her performances have been broadcast on the radio and television in Bulgaria, France, the U.S., and Italy.