Cancer claims LA concertmaster, 50

Cancer claims LA concertmaster, 50


norman lebrecht

May 24, 2018

Katia Popov, concertmaster of the Hollywood Bowl Orchetstra, has died of ovarian cancer, at 50.

Katia also played with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Long Beach Symphony. Bulgarian born, she is survived by a teenaged son.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, June 2nd at 1pm, at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church, 505 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210


  • Barry Guerrero says:

    Pity. So young, and those are some tremendous organizations she played for. I hope the best for her survivors.

  • Sue says:

    Absolutely awful. And a teenage son left behind.

  • Rose Robbins says:

    A truly beautiful soul gone. Thank you for posting the “Why do you love music”

  • Chelim says:

    So sad, so young. Thoughts for her nearest and dearest and colleagues …

  • Paulinda Babbini says:

    My deepest condolences to the Popov family for your untimely tragic loss of your beautiful, talented Katia. I also loss my precious 20 year old daughter to ovarian cancer. I founded The Ovarian Cancer Circle/Inspired By Robin Babbini to honor her memory & educate the community about this insidious disease. I would be honored to add Katia’s name to The Circle’s “In Memory Of” page on our website.