Kristina Marinova

photo: Joe Damone

Kristina Marinova has been described as a virtuoso performer of extreme energy and youthful vibrance. Her clear and precise tone enhances her stormy expressions and performances, full of grace, serenity, style, and beauty. Her album entitled 4 RHAPSODIES, which she performed live at Carnegie Hall on November 17th, 2022, has been called “A Feast for the Ears” by Darren Rea of Classical Music Review Magazine

“Listening to works like 4 RHAPSODIES we instantly realize music is like a message from God” (Nagamag Magazine). Words used to describe Kristina’s efforts on her new album include “dazzling, tender, virtuosic and emotional with unparalleled talent.” Her recent performance at the legendary Tarrytown Music Hall was described as “the elegant and masterful Bulgarian pianist delivered an incredible, spectacular performance.”

Marinova has appeared in major music festivals as a performer, lecturer, and educator, collaborating with some of the world’s most prominent musicians. Her new album LOVES ME NOT, released in June 2023, is a compilation of melancholy arrangements by the artist featuring Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Bach, and others.

A native of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Marinova holds a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, where she received a full graduate fellowship and was later invited to specialize at the Keyboard Collaborative Arts Program at the University of Southern California (USC). 

Marinova also serves as the President of Collaborative Piano at the World Piano Teachers Association (WPTA). 

She resides in New York with her husband and two children.


Loves Me Not

Release Date: June 23, 2023
Catalog Number: NV6526
20th Century
Solo Instrumental
Bulgarian-born pianist Kristina Marinova harnesses the healing powers of emotional melodies on LOVES ME NOT, a curated selection of soulful classical piano pieces spanning three centuries, from Bach to Rachmaninoff. Within the album’s tracklist lies an impressive range of works and composers: Gluck, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Scriabin, Tarrega and Satie, to name a few. The compositions are united by their melancholic themes (often sparked by biographical calamity), but like an acorn that falls from the crown of a tree, they bear within themselves a seed of hope, a new beginning.

Dashing Vol. 2

Release Date: November 12, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6374
21st Century
Navona Records presents DASHING VOL. 2, a festive assortment of new classical and jazz arrangements and compositions inspired by staples of the holiday season. Unwrap this gift from Sarah Wallin Huff, Joseph Turrin, Kristina Marinova, Jordan VanHemert, David W. Solomons, Elizabeth J. Start, Alan Rinehart, and Joseph T. Spaniola to find a variety of new works and familiar favorites. All of the traditional holiday sounds are featured in this album, embellished with distinguished compositional twists that complement seasonal standards. Experience the holidays in a refreshing way with reharmonizations of Silent Night, Carol Of The Bells for solo guitar, a jazz arrangement of Christmas Time is Here, and more.

4 Rhapsodies

Release Date: October 8, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6371
Solo Instrumental
4 RHAPSODIES from critically-acclaimed pianist Kristina Marinova and Navona Records is a collection of vibrant, dynamic, and technically demanding works for solo piano. The album’s titular piece, Four Rhapsodies op. 11 by early 20th-Century composer Ernst von Dohnányi is rarely performed in concert given the level of musicianship it requires of pianists. Now, its combination of stark drama and dazzling virtuosic passages may be enjoyed by listeners everywhere.