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Victoria Vassilenko

Victoria Vassilenko was born in 1992 in Burgas, Bulgaria. Comes from a family of musicians.

Education: “Lyubomir Pipkov” National School of Music, Sofia (1999-2011). Teachers: Antonina Boneva; prof. Stella Dimitrova-Maystorova; “Queen Sofia” Superior College of Music, Madrid (2011-2015) Teachers: prof. Dmitri Bashkirov (piano); prof. Marta Gulyas (chamber music); “New Bulgarian University”, Sofia (Bachelor degree since 2014)
“Lake of Como” International Piano Academy, Italy (since 2015) Teachers: head prof. William Grant-Naboré
“Queen Elisabeth” Music Chapel, Brussels (since 2016) Teachers: Avedis Kouyoumdzhian; Louis Lortie

Competition prizes and other awards: Numerous first, second and special prizes from national and international piano competitions in Bulgaria, Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, England, Romania, including “Chopin in memoriam” (Varna 2010), First prize, “Alber Roussel”, First prize and special prize for interpretation of Chopin, Sofia 2008 and others. Second prize winner (first not awarded) of “James Mottram” International Piano Competition, UK (2012); winner of the “George Enescu” International Competition, piano section (Bucharest, Romania 2016); “Crystal lyre” awards for best young musician (2007) and chamber music group (2011), Sofia. Awards from Her Royal Majesty Queen Sofia for “The most successful student of the year” from the piano class of prof. Bashkirov (2013) and “The most successful chamber music group” (2015).

Concerts in important venues, International Music Festivals, orchestras: Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid), Palau de la Música (Barcelona), “Alte Oper” (Frankfurt), “Atheneum” (Bucharest), “Bulgaria” hall (Sofia), solo and chamber music concerts in Austria, Germany, France, Belgium, USA, Slovakia, Spain, Palma de Mallorca, Portugal etc. “Musica Mundi” Chamber Music Festival, Brussels (2009,2010,2011), “Santander” International Academy and Festival, Spain; “Mozarteum”, Salzburg, “Young Classics Europe”, Passau; “Appolonia”, “March music days”, “Varna summer” music festival; “Sofia music weeks”, “European Music Festival”, “Music days in Balabanov’s house”, “Katya Popova Laureate days” International Music Festival (Bulgaria) and others. Soloist of: Brussels Chamber Orchestra, Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra (USA), Royal Symphony Orchestra of Liverpool (UK), George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra (Bucharest), Classic FM Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic, orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio, “Sofia soloists” Chamber Orchestra etc.
Foundation scholarships: “Dimitar Berbatov” foundation, “1000 scholarships”, “St.St. Cyril and Methodis”, “Yordan Kamdzhalov” foundation for promising young musicians, “American foundation for Bulgaria”, “Albeniz” and others.
Recordings and CD releases: “Trio ASISA” chamber music CD with works of J. Brahms and A. Piazzola (Madrid,2012); CD with live and studio recordings, made by the Bulgarian National Radio (works by Fr. Schubert, P. Hindemith, R. Shchedrin), Sofia 2014. Broadcasts and recordings in Bulgaria, UK, Slovakia, Spain.

Solo and chamber music masterclasses: Dmitri Bashkirov, William Grant Nabore, Stanislav Youdenitch, Malcolm Bilson, Dmitri Alexeev, Michail Voskresensky, Boris Berman, Paul Badura-Scoda, Naum Grubert, Plamena Mangova, Boyan Vodenicharov; chamber music – Ferenc Rados, Elena Ashkenazy, Alexander Bondurijansky, Gunter Pichler, Maxim Vengerov, Ivry Gitlis, Franc Helmerson, Gavriel Lipkind and many others.

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