She is a recipient of the Grand Prize of the International Violin Competition Kozian, First Prize at the Jeunesse Musicale Competition for chamber music and First Prize at the International Violin Competition Nedialka Simeonova. She also had a “Fulbright” Scholarship at the Academy of Music In Sofia.
Katia Popov is the first woman Concertmaster of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Under the baton of such conductors as John Mauceri, John Williams, Thomas Wilkins, David Newman and Bramwel Tovey she has performed with some of the biggest stars in the show business like Placido Domingo, Sir James Galloway, Joshua Bell, Marilyn Horne, Harry Connick Jr., Gloria Estefan, Beck, Chicago, Earth Wind and Fire and many more.
She also has performed numerous times with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has been part of such festivals as Salzburg, Bach Music Festival, Spoletto and Brahms Festival in Tour France. She has collaborated with such artists as Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonnen, Yo Yo Ma, Pinkas Zukerman, Sir Simon Rattle, Izhak Perlman. Her teachers include Iona Brown, Nell Goutkovsky, Vladimir Spivakov and Alexander Treger.
Katia is a busy recording musician who has recorded more then 600 scores for the Motion Pictures in Los Angeles where she has worked for many of the most sought after composers in Hollywood.
Ms. Popov is a founder and first violinist of the Award winning California String Quartet and is the Music Director of the Musical Sunday Afternoons, popular chamber music concert series in Los Angeles.
She has performed as a soloist with the Sofia Philharmonic, the European Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Chamber Orchestra, Redlands Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, the Long Beach Symphony and the Santa Monica Symphony, amongst others.
Katia is also an official endorser of the famous Thomastic Infeld “Vision Solo” Violin Strings from Vienna and the voice of the popular classical radio station “K-Mozart”. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Peter, daughter Irina, son Alexander and little yorkie named Zip!! In her “spare” time she loves to make jewelry and her favorite off time is going to Mammoth and Hawaii. Read about Katia by clicking: www.KatiaPopov.com
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* Selected Reviews
“Popov's musical voice was powerful, rich and full of life, her technique flawless and the collaboration with Diemecke delicately exact. " - John Farrel, Press Telegram
“Our soloist, Katia Popov, was fabulous. She has a beautiful sound that is bigger than some of the international soloists we’ve heard over the years, as well as technique to burn. She delivered a magnificent performance, using her magic fingers to surmount myriad hurdles with jaw-dropping ease. " - Jim Ruggirello, Long Beach Grunion, Gazzette Publications
“... Shining through like a bright light, soloist Katia Popov lit up the stage with her work on Bruch’s tuneful Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor. Popov, completely in control of herself and her instrument, gave a very exciting reading of it, played with precision, admirable clarity and Slavic flair. She coolly conveyed with the requisite power the piece’ demands…” - The Outlook
“We heard the perfect recital in Beverly Hills on October 24th, when we sat in on a performance by violinist Katia Popov and pianist Randy Kerber. Both were outstanding as they essayed Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, Opus 47, and Franck’s Sonata for violin and piano in A major.” – The Outlook
“Speaking strictly in terms of execution, the chamber music concert given by the California String Quartet on April 24th at the Zipper represented complete musical perfection. Under the leadership of violinist Katia Popov, the group was clearly well rehearsed and played as if of one mind. the California String Quartet demonstrated that Chamber Music can be sublime, when prepared and executed with the sort of care apparent to all who were fortunate enough to hear it this night. “ – Charles Lonberger
Laszlo Mezo - Cello
Born in Budapest, Hungary, Laszlo Mezo gained national recognition as one of the top musicians of his generation when he won First Prize in the “Kertész Ottó Memorial Competition”at the young age of 18. Since then, he has won numerous other competitions which have brought him international recognition including the Fourth Prize in the “Antonio Janigro Junior International Competition” in 1998, Second Prize in the“International Dávid Popper Competition for Young Cellists” in 2000, the Special Prize in the “International Dávid Popper Cello Competition” in 2004, and First Prize in the “Ima Hogg International Competition” in 2008.
Mr. Mezo has forged a career as a soloist, recitalist, master teacher, and chamber musician. He has performed extensively in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Always eager to pass on his knowledge, Laszlo has conducted master classes in Japan, Brazil, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, and the United States. Mr. Mezo is currently an adjunct professor in cello at Chapman University and Saddleback College in California, and he was Assistant Teacher at the University of Southern California between 2007 and 2008.
As a soloist, Mr. Mezo has performed with maestros Ádám Fischer, Thomas Wilkins, Grant Llewellyn, Zsolt Hamar. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated in recitals with pianists Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Steven Vanhauwaert, Gábor Farkas, Márta Gulyás, Piotr Folkert, and Balázs Szokolay, violinist Kristóf Baráti, cellist Philipp Muller, and the Bartók Quartet. He has also played under the direction of Zubin Mehta and Kent Nagano as a member of the Bayerische Staatsorchester in Munich, Germany.
Mr. Mezo holds two master's degrees from the Liszt Ferenc University of Music in Budapest and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. He graduated from the class of Ralph Kirshbaum at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Mr. Mezo has also participated in the master classes of Uzi Wiesel, Josef Podhoransky, Othmar Müller, Philippe Müller, Rainer Zipperling, Fenyves Lóránd, Wolfgang Boettcher, and Aldo Parisot.
Currently residing in Los Angeles, California, Mr. Mezo is a member of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. He is a sought after soloist, and an active studio musician in Hollywood. He has played in many film scores, some most updated blockbusters include Ice Age, Life of Pi, Wolverine, and The Lone Ranger.
His first CD recording of Dávid Popper’s works, on the Hungaroton label, includes several first time ever recordings of the master’s cello works. He recently finished his second CD,“Made in Paris,” with romantic cello pieces from the 19th century also featuring world premiere works by cellist-composer Daniel Van Goens, and pieces from the Suite Populaire Espagnole by Manuel De Falla.
Winner of the "Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Mosel-Eifel" Prize in Germany, Régulo Martínez-Antón has performed extensively throughout some of the most important venues throughout the USA, Germany, Spain, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Venezuela, and Canada. He has performed with renowned musicians like James Ross, Yehuda Gilad, Paul Coletti, Ronald Leonard, Guillaume Sutre, the Jupiter quartet and members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the LA Opera. He also premiered in Canada the Musical Drama "Chopin and the Nightingale".
Recent performances include a solo recital at the prestigious summer festival of “El Escorial” as well as the Emperor concerto with the Andres Segovia Chamber Orchestra and conductor Michael Francis. In 2009 he was invited by "El Sistema" and its founder Maestro Abreu to perform a recital in Caracas in memoriam Alicia de Larrocha.
He has made recordings for RNE and TVE (Spain), ORF (Austria), KUSC (USA), CTV, CBC (Canada) and RTV Slovenia.
Mr. Martínez-Antón began his studies in Spain where he graduated with the "Prize of Honour". In addition he has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship as well as the coveted Irene Bradshaw Poole and Tosia Berlin merit prizes.
Additionally, he has attended the Sarasota Music Festival, the National Orchestra Institute and the Banff Centre, and has been chosen to perform in master classes with artists including Leon Fleisher, Yefim Bronfman, Pascal Roge and William Grant Nabore at the International Piano Academy Lake Como.
Mr. Martínez-Antón is currently on faculty at the Colburn School, where he is also the teaching assistant to John Perry.