Bistra Joachim Dimitrova was born in Bulgaria into a family of professional musicians.
She graduated from the National Academy of Music in Sofia with a Masters Degree majoring in Violin Performance. Bistra has also completed a postgraduate teaching degree at the University of Canterbury.
She has won awards at several national Violin and Chamber music competitions and, since her debut abroad at the age of 13 as soloist of L’Orchestra “Haydn” in Bolzano, Italy, she has given solo and chamber music performances in Europe and the United States. She was awarded honorary “Medaglie Granero - Comune di Rovereto” for her successful performances given in Italy.
Bistra has made recordings for the Bulgarian Radio and TV as well as for the Italian TV.
Since 1990, she has been a full-time violin and chamber music tutor at the National Music School in Sofia.
In 1994, Bistra was invited and sponsored by the George Soros Foundation to participate in the Chamber Music Program in the University of Carbondale, Illinois, in the United States.
In 1997, she moved to Christchurch to take up a position with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and has been fully committed to her CSO work ever since.
She has performed in different chamber groups with leading New Zealand and international musicians and was one of the co-founders of the Millennium Rotorua Chamber Music Festival .
Bistra also continues her successful teaching practice. Her students have a solid record of success and outstanding achievements and some of them are on their way to becoming professional musicians, players and teachers.