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 Seattle, Vienna, Roanoke, USC Thornton, Eastern Connecticut, YMF Debut, UCI, Pasadena, Rio Hondo, Transylvania, and the Brevard Music Center.
He has collaborated with such celebrated conductors as Ludovic Morlot, David Lockington, David Stewart Wiley, Toshiyuki Shimada, Ken Lam, Robert Lehrbaumer, Kimo Furumoto, and more. His 2018-19 season contains a debut with maestro Jeffrey Kahane and the Sarasota Orchestra, recitals on the Emory Recital Series of Atlanta and Dame Myra Hess Concert Series of Chicago, chamber music at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and performances with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra.
Winner of Grand Prizes in the 2016 Classics Alive Artists competition, 2016 Frances Walton Chamber Music Competition, 2015 Seattle Symphony International Piano Competition and 2008 Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Awards, he was named a Davidson Fellow, honored with an award ceremony and reception at the Library of Congress. A 2009 alumnus of NPR’s “From the Top” and 2009 Winner of NFAA YoungARTS, he took 1st Prizes in the 2011 Zimmerli International Solo Piano Competition, 2004 San Jose International Piano Competition, 2007 World Piano Pedagogue Competition, and 2nd prize in the 2007 Waring International Piano Competition. He has appeared as guest artist at the Aspen, Brevard, Banff, Vienna, Sarasota, and Newport Music Festivals.
Principal professors include Norman Krieger, Jeffrey Kahane, Andrê Watts, and Dr. Sarkis Baltaian, and masterclasses from Murray Perahia and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. He is a recipient of the 2015 Parnassus Society Prize, 2014 Birte Moller Young Artist Award, and the 2013 Thornton Music Faculty Award from the University of Southern California graduating as a 2017 Discovery Scholar.
He has been invited to teach masterclasses for the Roanoke Symphony in Virginia and Emory University in Atlanta.
He earned his Bachelor’s from USC, and now pursues a Masters at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with professor Norman Krieger as a recipient of the Barbara and David Jacobs Fellowship. He is currently managed by Classics Alive Artists.