Continuing her studies at the Paris Conservatory in the Violin master class of Prof. Nell Goutkovsky she became Concertmaster of “Orchestre Symphonique d’Europe” (ESO), a vibrant and young orchestra with the ambitious goal to bring together the most talented musicians from every country in the United Europe and make the best young symphonic orchestra in the world. She traveled and soloed and recorded extensively with them, playing concerts in front of such dignitaries as the Prime Ministers of all the European Countries and the Royal Families of Spain, Belgium and Netherlands. Ms. Popov has participated in a Solo and Chamber Music master classes with Tibor Varga, Vladimir Spivakov, Iona Brown and had been part of such music festivals as The Bach Music Festival in Oregon, the Mozart Festival in Salzburg with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Brahms Music Festival in Tour, France. She has performed numerous times with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under such conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sir Simon Rattel, and Zubin Mehta.
After moving to Los Angeles, Ms. Popov received her Masters and concluded her Doctoral studies at the UCLA in the violin class of Prof. Alexander Treger. Ms. Popov is an avid chamber music performer, a founder and First Violin of the Award winning “California String Quartet” and a Music Director of the “Musical Sunday Afternoons” since 2002. She is a very active recording musician and has been part of more then 600 Motion Picture and Television sound tracks. She has performed under great acclaim Michel Daugherty’s Violin Concerto “Fire and Blood” and is frequently invited as a soloist with many Orchestras in Southern California and in Europe.
Ms. Popov holds Principal positions with the Long Beach Symphony and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. This Summer she was chosen to perform as Concertmaster of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra where she will be collaborating with such artists as Kiri Te Kanawa, Andrea Boccelli, David Newman, Thomas Wilkins and David Campbell among others.
Katia lives in Los Angeles with her husband Peter and their daughter Irina, son Alexander and yorkie Zip.
“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
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