Salon Series: Pianist Nadejda Vlaeva

Photo: Marie Mazzucco

Salon Series, the Parrish Art Museum’s concert program featuring world-class artists performing in an intimate, casual setting, presents pianist Nadejda Vlaeva.

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, Portland Piano International, Houston International Piano Festival, and she has performed in many prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie's Zankel Hall, the Rose Hall at Lincoln Center, the Concertgebouw in The Netherlands, and the Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai.

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. She was one of the co-founders of the music program at Mana Contemporary in New Jersey.

Vlaeva’s Salon Series program beings with two compositions by Franz Schubert (1797-1828) based on the composer's vocal works: Serenade, from his song cycle Schwanengesang ("Swan Song")  transcribed for solo piano by Franz Liszt; followed by Wanderer Fantasy in C Major, Op. 15, considered Schubert's most technically demanding piano composition for the piano, based on the art song The Wanderer.

Following a brief intermission, Vlaeva will play two works by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): Dumka in C minor, Op. 59, and Chant elegiaque, Op. 72 No. 14. The program ends with Réminiscences de Don Juan, S. 418, the extremely technically demanding opera fantasy for piano by Polish-born composer Franz Liszt (1811-1886), based on themes from Mozart's Don Giovanni. 

This Salon Series concert will feature a guest pianist: Vlaeva's daughter Rosalia Malik, who will play Fantaisie Impromptu in C-sharp minor, Op. 66 by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849); and Toccata by Vitali Filippenko (b. 1939).

Any seat not filled by 6:30 pm will be released to those on the wait list.

Other Salon Series Performances:

Violinist Francisco Fullana and Pianist David Fung, October 5, 6 pm

Pianist Niccolò Ronchi and Violinist Esther Abrami, October 12, 6 pm

Pianist Dominic Cheli, October 26, 6 pm

Seating is limited; advance registration is required.

Salon Series is generously supported by Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, The Jeannette and H. Peter Kriendler Charitable Trust,  Concert Artists Guild, and Pro Musicis, and sponsored by Yamaha Artist Services, Inc.
Friday nights are made possible, in part, by the generous support of The Corcoran Group, BNB Bank, and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.
Salon Series: Pianist Nadejda Vlaeva
Friday, October 19, 2018 - 6:00pm
ticket group
$25 | $10 for Members, Children, and Students
Includes Museum admission
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