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    Vladimir Valjarevic


    The critics have praised Vladimir Valjarevic for his “caressing legato,” “silk-on-velvet seductiveness” (Fanfare Magazine), “beautiful lyricism and . . . wide variety of tones and colorings, perceptively applied with care” (All Music Guide). He has also been called “an outstandingly responsive partner and superb tonalist” (The Strad). Some of Valjarevic’s solo and chamber performances include appearances at the National Center for the Performing Arts and Tsinghua University in Beijing, Sumida Triphony Chamber Hall in Tokyo, Leiszhalle in Hamburg, Conservatory Hall in Geneva, Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche in Berlin, Concert Hall "Bulgaria" in Sofia, Conservatory of Music in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Manchester Music Festival in Vermont, Southwest Virginia Festival for the Arts, and the French and Swiss Embassies in Washington, D.C. In New York, he has performed at Bargemusic, “Concerts at One” at Trinity Church, “Meet the Virtuoso” at the 92nd Street Y, the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, Yamaha Salon, The United Nations, and the New School’s Tishman Auditorium, among others. Committed to exploration of the contemporary repertoire, Valjarevic has worked under the direction of various composers and taken part in many premieres.  In addition, he performed in the European premiere of Cage’s dance drama “Four Walls” in Berlin and then Hamburg. As a soloist and chamber musician, he won numerous prizes at national competitions in former Yugoslavia as well as at “Citta di Stresa” and “Citta di Marsala” International Competitions for the Young in Italy. He has recorded for Labor Records, Romeo Records, Centaur Records, Blue Griffin, and MSR Classics. Valjarevic has performed extensively as a member of critically acclaimed Kaleidos Duo, with violinist Miroslav Hristov. 

    Vladimir Valjarevic teaches piano at Mannes School of Music (College and Prep) and Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He was the teaching assistant to Pavlina Dokovska for over a decade and still continues close collaboration with her, in teaching and performance. In addition, Valjarevic lectures on piano literature and piano pedagogy at Mannes.  In the summers, he serves on the piano and the chamber music faculties at the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy in China, where he is the coordinator of the chamber music program.  He also teaches at the Round Top Festival in Texas and International Institute for Young Musicians in Kansas. He has given piano masterclasses and lectures on piano pedagogy in the US and China, including a presentation at the Music China World Fair in Shanghai.

    Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valjarevic received his early music education in Tuzla as a student of Planinka Jurisic-Atic.  After initial studies at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and the Conservatory of Music in Belgrade (Serbia), he continued to learn at Mannes, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees with honors (Marian Marcus Wahl Performance Award). His principal teachers were Pavlina Dokovska and Vladimir Feltsman. Valjarevic received a doctoral degree from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he was a student of Susan Starr and the recipient of the Saldarini Scholarship Award. Upon graduation, he was presented with the Elizabeth Wyckoff Durham Award for Excellence in Keyboard Studies. After winning the Fulbright Award and Swiss Arts Government Grant, Valjarevic studied at the Geneva Conservatory in Switzerland under the tutelage of Pascal Devoyon. While in Geneva, he received clavichord lessons from Nicole Hostettler at the Centre de Musique Ancienne. He has attended Kneisel Hall, Round Top, and IKIF festivals in the USA, the Apeldoorn Festival in The Netherlands, the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France, and Prussia Cove in the U.K. 



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