Vijay Venkatesh Concert Pianst

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A native of Orange County, California, pianist Vijay Venkatesh has been hailed in concert review for his “sublime phrasing, tremendous and powerful virtuosity, beautiful lyricism, and mature and sensitive interpretation” in performances “equaling that of Radu Lupu, Itzhak Perlman, and Andres Segovia.” At age 14, he made his orchestral debut with the South Coast Symphony. In addition, he has performed with the Symphony Orchestras of Roanoke, Eastern Connecticut, YMF Debut, Pasadena, Rio Hondo, Transylvania, Brevard Festival and the Brevard Music Center. He has collaborated with such celebrated conductors as David Stewart Wiley, Toshiyuki Shimada, Ken Lam, Kimo Furumoto, and more. His 2014-16 season is highlighted with performances with the Vienna International Orchestra, TusciaOperafestival Orchestra, UCI Symphony, and recitals at Rhode Island’s United Theatre and LACMA’s Bing Theatre radio broadcasted on KUSC 91.5 FM “Sunday’s Live” in California. His career has toured the US with highlights in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Broad Stage, LACMA’s Leo S. Bing Theater, and Redlands Bowl as well as in Canada, Italy, and Turkey with broadcasts on the radio stations: NPR, LACMA’s “Sundays Live” KUSC 91.5 FM, “Voice of America”, WDAV 89.9 FM, WMNR 94.5 FM, WVTF-FM89, and KOCE-TV. He is the 2008 Grand Prize Winner of the Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Awards, and a 2008 Davidson Fellow, honored with an award ceremony and reception at the Library of Congress. A fellow of the 2013 Banff Centre and 2009 Aspen Music Festival, A 2009 alumnus of NPR’s ‘From the Top’ with host Christopher O’ Riley, and a 2009 Winner of NFAA YoungARTS, he took 1st prize in the 2011 Zimmerli International Solo Piano Competition as well as 1st prize in the 2004 Russian International Solo Piano Competition {+ Grand Public Prize + Best Performance of Composition by Lothar Bandermann (composer-in-residence) Award} and 1st Prize in the 2007 World Piano Pedagogue Competition. In 2007, he won 2nd prize in the Virginia Waring International Solo Piano Competition. Vijay is also an avid community fund-raiser and outreach performer. He has performed in 16 schools (Elementary, Middle, High) in California to spread awareness of classical music to all ages, and has raised over $15,000 in concert to benefit various schools and charities such as the South Orange County School of the Arts, and the charity, “Water”, a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Vijay’s tutelage began at the age of three under Aleli Tibay. At age 11, he began studying with Leonid Levitsky, graduate of the Moscow Conservatory and at 15 began studying with Dr. Sarkis Baltaian, professor at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. He is a recipient of the 2014 Birte Moller Young Artist Award presented by the Center for Musical Excellence and the 2013 Thornton Music Faculty Award from the University of Southern California where he studies with Professor Norman Krieger.

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Audio Clip: Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 pianist, Vijay Venkatesh