Remembering Katia Popov

It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the devastating loss of the California Philharmonic's beloved Concertmaster Katia Popov, who passed away on May 18, 2018 after a three year battle with cancer.

Brilliant and beautiful both inside and out, Ms. Popov moved with her husband to Los Angeles from Sophia, Bulgaria. Katia was a sought-after session player, performing on over 1000 film scores. She then became the first female Concertmaster of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Ms. Popov was also a violinist for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Principal II Violin of the Long Beach Symphony, founder and first violinist of the Award winning California String Quartet and was the Music Director of the Musical Sunday Afternoons, a popular chamber music concert series in Los Angeles.

A multiple award winning virtuoso, and a golden haired beauty, Katia was immensely gracious, personable, sincere and passionate about her work. Every musician in town who had the pleasure to work with Katia Popov commented not just on her obvious impeccable skill, but her genuine warmth and compassion. Ms. Popov was a true friend to the Cal Phil, championing the orchestra and contributing far beyond her duties as Concertmaster.

So vibrant and full of life, she loved skiing, biking, yoga and making jewelry in what little spare time she had. She gave so much, and was taken too soon. Our sincere condolences go out to her husband, Peter, her daughter Irina, and her son, Alexander.