Nadejda Vlaeva – piano
Nadejda Vlaeva’s playing has been acclaimed wherever she has appeared. Lazar Berman called her talent “God-given”; Maestro Hans Graf observed that “her musicality and the depth of her interpretation amazed me.” 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.” She has performed internationally, giving solo recitals in Bulgaria, Russia, Slovakia, Hungary, The Netherlands, Germany, England, Spain, Barbados, Canada and the United States. She has played as a soloist with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Capella Istropolitana in Slovakia, the Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Wroclaw Philharmonic, and with various other orchestras throughout the world. Ms. Vlaeva has also appeared with notable success on radio and television in several countries.
Included among her major awards are the First Prize at the Liszt competition in Lucca, Italy, the Third Prize at the International Liszt Competition in Budapest, and the Yamaha Award for the best interpretation of Brahms, in Weimar. She has worked under the close supervision of Bulgarian composer Dimiter Christov, presenting his piano music on radio and CD. Her second CD, piano music of Liszt, was released on the MSR Classics label and won the International Grand Prix "Liszt" du Disque. Previous winners include Pollini, Brendel, Kocsis, Cziffra, Bernstein, and Solti. In 2002 she recorded soundtrack music for the documentary film "In Search of Cezanne" produced by Academy Award winner Allan Miller. Her third CD, Chopin Works for Piano and Orchestra, was released by Gega New and praised for its extraordinary beauty in "International Record Review." In 2006, the American composer Lowell Liebermann composed his Nocturne No. 9 for Ms. Vlaeva which she premiered at the "Rarities of Piano Music" Festival in Husum, Germany. She also gave tne North American Premiere of Sonata No. 2 by Sergey Bortkiewicz.
Nadejda Vlaeva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and began playing the piano at the age of five. She studied piano at the Sofia Music School, Sofia Music Academy, Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam, and the Manhattan School of Music with Antoanetta Arsova, Anton Dikov, Jan Wijn, and Ruth Laredo. She also worked closely with Lazar Berman. Ms. Vlaeva currently resides in New York where she has performed in the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall and the Rose Hall at Lincoln Center.
For concertmanagement in the Netherlands Nadejda Vlaeva is exclusively represented by Jupiter 4 Artists.
Reviews Nadejda Vlaeva
Without doubt, Nadejda Vlaeva is one of those people of extraordinary ability who we hope for but rarely see.”
Arnold STEINHARDT, Violinist Guarneri String Quartet
“…She has what the Russians call ‘God-given’, it is what no teacher can produce.”
Lazar BERMAN, Concert Pianist
“Her musicality and the depth of her interpretation amazed me. Her strong and healthy technique was both natural and flawless.”
Hans GRAF, Music Director of The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
“Vlaeva produced a riveting account of the “Pesther Carnaval” Rhapsody. If there are better performances than this one, I have never heard them. It was conceived in heaven.”
The Hungarian Quarterly
Author of the three-volume prize-winning biography of Franz Liszt
“She is an extraordinary pianist, with impressive technique and brilliance, and with a remarkable performing ability.”
Ruth LAREDO, Concert Pianist
“Her abilities as a world-class performer...are truly remarkable.”
Concert Pianist and Director of Mannes International Keyboard Festival
“Here we have an exceptional talent, a stellar representation for her youth, her art and her country.”
VOICE OF AMERICA
“So graceful is Vlaeva’s touch with the instrument and so remarkably detailed is the make of her musical pattern.”
“Vlaeva’s technique is a wonder. In cascades of notes, it’s like listening to a waterfall while being able to distinguish the sound of each drop. In softer, more legato passages, she caresses the notes, coaxing the music forth.”
Liz JANES, The Maui News
“With sophisticated senses for timing and rhythm, she dances over the keys.”
Alphen Aan De Rijn News (The Netherlands)
“Vlaeva is an exceptionally gifted pianist. On stage she demonstrates strong artistic temperament, high involvement with the music, inner power and charisma. Her pianistic technique is in brilliant condition and has reached enviable standards and precision. She is capable of transforming her personality into musical expression, of telling stories with it or lead the way into new artistic worlds.”
Dimiter CHRISTOFF, Composer
“Ms. Vlaeva’s recording debut on the Concord label immediately established her as among the truly outstanding talents on the scene today.”
Heiner STADLER, Concord Concerto, Director of Artists and Repertoire
“Vlaeva wins the heart of the audience with sparkling playing.”
“The audience listened breathlessly to the intense music making of this great pianist.”
Nieuwsblad voor Castricum, The Netherlands
On Vlaeva's all Chopin CD with the Sofia Symphony Orchestra.
Review EPTA Journal:
"Anyone fortunate enough to have heard Nadejda Vlaeva's prize-winning Liszt recording ....will already be aware both of her formidable technique and rare ability to make the piano sing. These qualities are in as much abundance on this new recording.... The Concerto performance has an almost classical degree of restraint ...The slow movement is especially fine and the subtlety of Vlaeva's pianism shines through. With the "Krakowiak" Concert Rondo she is even more in her element and wonderfully characteristic, something that can equally be said of the Andante spianato et Grand Polonaise, which is of course presented here in the orchestral version. ..But the highlight of the disc... has to be the Bolero Op. l9. Nadejda Vlaeva gives us a splendid rendition of a piece seldom performed."