I am pleased to recommend Dr. Hristo Popov as an outstanding violin instructor for children and adults. I have known Dr. Popov for the past 4 years and have had extensive contact as a violin student, the parent of a violin student and a parent volunteer at string camp and various other music festivals. Dr. Popov is a superb musician, a true virtuoso violinist. Although many individuals who have such outstanding musical talent do not excel as teachers, Dr. Popov is the exception. His teaching skills are top-notch. My daughter, Annie was born extremely premature and spent 6 months on a ventilator in the neonatal intensive care unit. Due to her medical issues, she has a variety of hand-eye coordination problems which would typically make the violin impossible. Dr. Popov has been very patient and innovative to adapt the traditional methods and create new ways to help Annie learn the violin. He is patient and creative, always encouraging and great with children! Dr. Popov is able to relate well to students of all ages and skill levels. As an adult student, I started violin lessons with Dr. Popov at the age of 46. He adapted the teaching methods again to suit my work schedule and my practice needs. I have enjoyed learning so much that I have been eager to participate with the children in many of Dr. Popov's concerts and music camps. As a physician, I am very busy. Dr. Popov has been very patient with my adult learning needs and was even able to adapt a series of hymns for me to play with his as a duet. Above all these assets is the wonderful humanistic touch the Dr. Popov brings to his teaching. Over the recent years, he has instructed students who have lost dear members of their families, tackled serious medical illness and worked through a variety of learning, sensory and behavioral disabilities. For these students, Dr. Popov has used the violin to open the door to knowledge, healing, comfort, friendship and happiness! I cannot say enough great things about the concern and devotion that Dr. Popov brings to his students. He is a character builder, a friend and a mentor!! There is no finer violinist or teacher than Dr. Hristo Popov.