Katia Popov is concertmaster of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 1990, and a principal second violin in the Long Beach Symphony. She was Concertmaster of the Sofia Chamber Orchestra, as well as of the Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra and the First Concertmaster of the European Symphonic Orchestra based in Paris. Katia is on the faculty of the Cal State University of Long Beach, Cole Conservatory.
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Katia started to play the violin when she was only four years old. She could read music long before she learned the alphabet. While at school she was considered a child prodigy and went on to receive the highest awards for her performances.
She is a First Prize Winner of the International Competition “Svetoslav Obretenov,” the International Violin Competition “Kozian” and the International Competition for Russian Music. Katia graduated from the Bulgarian Conservatory of Music with honors and received her Masters of Performance degree. She went on to continue her studies in the Paris Conservatory under Professor Nell Goutkovsky. She holds a Master’s degree and has concluded her doctoral studies at UCLA, studying with Alexander Treger.
An avid chamber music performer, Katia is a founder and first violinist of the award winning California String Quartet. She is also a music director of Musical Sunday Afternoons, a popular chamber music series at the First Christian Church in Studio City.
Katia is 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.