- Milena Bozhikova
(b Haskovo, Bulgaria, Dec 2, 1901; d Paris, France, March 14, 1959). Bulgarian violinist. American critics of the 20th century ranked her as one of the top three European female violinists, alongside Erika Morini and Erna Rubinstein; she was the first Bulgarian artist to perform at Carnegie Hall. She began studying the violin at age 6 under her father’s instruction, and at age 8 she performed a concert in Sofia. At the age of 12 she went to the USA where she gave charity concerts to aid the Bulgarians injured in the Balkan War. American sponsors secured scholarships for her, which allowed her to study with Gustav Havemann at the Dresden Music Academy. In ...