Nadejda Vlaeva, piano
Nadejda Vlaeva’s playing has been acclaimed wherever she has appeared. Her overwhelming musicality, poetic nature, and electrifying virtuosity have garnered accolades from many world-famous musicians. Lazar Berman called her talent “God-given”; Maestro Hans Graf observed that “her musicality and the depth of her interpretation amazed me,” and Arnold Steinhardt, leader of the Guarneri String Quartet, praised her as “one of those people of extraordinary ability whom we hope for but rarely see.”
Ms Vlaeva has given solo recitals and appeared with orchestras throughout Europe, Asia and North America. She has been invited to numerous music festivals, including the Bortkiewicz Festival and the Northern Musical Evenings festival in Ukraine, Husum Rarities of Piano Music Festival in Germany, the Chopin Festival in Kosovo, Evmelia festival in Greece and she has performed in many prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie's Zankel Hall, the Rose Hall at Lincoln Center, and the Concertgebouw in The Netherlands. She has been a guest artist at several Universities where she has performed and given master-classes, and she has served on competition juries in Colorado, Hawaii, North Carolina, Winnipeg, Calgary and other North American cities.
Nadejda Vlaeva is a Hyperion Recording Artist, and was the first pianist to record the complete Bach Transcriptions of Camille Saint-Saëns ["positively stunning," BBC Music Magazine Instrumental CD of the Month]. The CD's opening track inspired the award winning short animation movie “Ouverture” that premiered at the Lincoln Center Film Festival in New York. Vlaeva received the Grand Prix 'Liszt' du Disque for her "Piano Music of Liszt" CD. Her “A Treasury of Russian Romantic Piano” CD was described as "truly inspired," "exquisite," knockout performances," "extremely well-played," and "unfailingly sympathetic and musical" in Gramophone, Clavier, American Record Guide, International Record Review, and International Piano, respectively. Her latest CD, "Piano Music of Sergei Bortkiewicz" was a Musicweb Recording of the Year ("absolutely first class") and contained several premieres. In addition to her internationally released CDs, she recorded soundtrack music for the documentary film "In Search of Cezanne" produced by Academy Award winner Allan Miller.
Ms Vlaeva has had the honor to premiere many important works and discoveries. The American composer Lowell Liebermann composed his Nocturne No. 9 for Ms Vlaeva, which she premiered at the Husum Rarities of Piano Music festival. The following year, Mr. Liebermann composed his Variations on a Theme of Schubert for Ms Vlaeva, which she premiered at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. She has also given the North American premiere of the then recently discovered Piano Sonata No. 2 by the unduly neglected Ukrainian Romantic composer Sergei Bortkiewicz. When some additional works by Bortkiewicz were recently discovered, Ms Vlaeva was asked to premiere those. She has also premiered several works by the 19th-century Russian composer Vladimir Drozdoff at the request of Drozdoff's granddaughter.
Vlaeva has been a frequent guest at "The EG Conference" where she has collaborated with BBC Planet Earth and with the violinist Joshua Bell. Ms Vlaeva is a strong advocate of music from her own country and frequently performs works by Bulgarian composers. As part of a piano duo with the pianist Ivajla Kirova she recorded works by Vladigerov and Raichev/Krushev. She is the co-founder of the Pegasus Piano Series at Mana Contemporary.
Nadejda Vlaeva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. At age 15 she won First Prize at the Liszt competition in Lucca, Italy. Among other prizes and awards earned by Ms Vlaeva are Third Prize at the International Liszt Competition in Budapest, and the Yamaha Award for the best interpretation of Brahms in Weimar. Ms Vlaeva currently resides in New York City with her husband and daughter.
Nadejda Vlaeva is a Yamaha Artist