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Krassimira Figg

Cello

Krassimira Vassileva Figg is an internationally award-winning cellist, and her dynamic cello performances have been featured on radio and television broadcast’s throughout Bulgaria, France, Italy, and the United States. Her musical talent was recognized at a very early age, and from then on it has matured into a vibrant and rewarding musical career.

Krassimira commenced her early studies in her home country of Bulgaria. This is where she served as principal cellist with a major national orchestra and was a cello professor at the renowned Plovdiv Music School. After moving to Paris, France and obtaining a degree in chamber music and cello performance, Krassimira was selected to perform with the French National Orchestra,Orchestra de Champs Elysees, Pierre Boulez’s Contemporary Ensemble, and theEnsemble Orchestral d’Aquitaine-Bordeaux, where she was principal cellist. In addition to her performances, she served as the assistant to the chamber music class at Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. The highlight of her time in Paris was when she was requested to perform at the famous Salle Gaveau in celebration of the sixtieth birthday for Mstislav Rostropovich.

In 1999, Krassimira relocated from Europe to the United States. While residing in Kansas City, she performed with the Kansas City Symphony and taught music at the KCYA School of the Arts. Krassimira was also a founding member of the cello quartet, CelloRondo; where in 2006, she played a pivotal role in the recording of CelloRondos first CD.

After living in Kansas City for nearly a decade, Krassimira decided to move to Tulsa, where she now lives with her adorable dog Booboo. Since 2009, she has played in numerous performances and is now the Assistant Principal cellist of the Tulsa Opera, a member of the Tulsa Symphony and founding member of Tulsa Camerata. Krassimira also dedicates much of her time educating young students at the Barthelmes Conservatory, as well as, her own private cello studio.