Kristina Marinova

photo: Joe Damone

Kristina Marinova has been described as a 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. 

A native of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Kristina entered the world of music at the age of four. Accepted to the National Academy of Music and Dance for Gifted Children, she studied under the tutelage of Svetlana Koseva and went on to attend the National Conservatory of Music in Sofia. The pianist 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). 

Kristina has appeared in major music festivals as a performer, lecturer, and educator, collaborating with some of the world’s most prominent musicians. Currently, she is working on a new concert series in New York, a music festival in France, as well as numerous collaborative concerts in the United States and Europe. Kristina will be performing her FOUR RHAPSODIES album live at Carnegie Hall on January 13, 2022. Her next recording project will be the Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach. 

Kristina 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.


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.