Vijay Venkatesh

Pianist

Honors

  • Barbara and David Jacobs Fellowship, Indiana University
  • 2017 Discovery Scholar, University of Southern California
  • 2016 Grand Prize, Classics Alive Artists Competition
  • 2016 1st Prize Frances Walton Competition of Seattle
  • 2016 1st Prize Pyrenees Music Society Competition
  • 2016 1st Prize USC Symphony Concerto Competition
  • 2015 2nd Prize Seattle Symphony International Piano Competition
  • 2015 Winner Parnassus Society Prize
  • 2014 Birte Moller Young Artist Award Winner
  • 2014 1st Prize Fine Arts Club of Pasadena Competition
  • 2013 Thornton Music Award; University of Southern California
  • 2013 Artist – Residency at the Banff Centre, Banff Music Festival ; Alberta, Canada
  • 2011 1st Prize Zimmerli International Solo Piano Competition; North Carolina
  • 2011 Winner YMF National Debut Concerto Competition
  • 2011 1st Prize 2011 Rio Hondo Symphony Concerto Competition
  • 2010 1st Prize 2010 Brevard Music Center Concerto Competition, North Carolina
  • Brevard Fellow: 2011 and 2012, Brevard Music Center
  • 2009 Winner National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts YoungARTS, Miami, FL
  • 2009 “From the Top” NPR Radio Performance with host, Christopher O’Riley
  • Aspen Fellow, 2009 Aspen Music Festival
  • 2008 Davidson Fellow, Davidson Institute for Talent Development of Nevada and was honored with a reception in the Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
  • Grand Prize Winner, 2008 Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Awards
  • 1st Prize 2007 World Piano Pedagogue Competition
  • 1st Prize 2007 Redlands Bowl Music Festival Competition
  • 2nd Prize 2007 Virginia Waring International Solo Piano Competition
  • 1st Prize 2004 Russian Music International Piano Competition + Grand Public Prize +  Best Performance of Composition by Lothar Banderman (composer-in-residence) Award
  • 1st Prize 2007 Pasadena Young Artist Concerto Competition
  • 1st Prize 2006 CAPMT Honors Auditions
  • 1st Prize 2006 American Beethoven Society Competition
  • 1st Prize 2004 International Young Artists Peninsula Music Festival Competition
  • 1st Prize 2004 South Coast Symphony Competition “Young Stars of the Future”
  • 1st Prize 2002 “Young Recitalist” of South Western Youth Music Festival Competition

Music Recognition Awards:

  • Eight-time winner of the Young Musicians Foundation Award
  • Seven-time winner of the Leni Fe Bland Foundation Award
  • Four-time winner of the National Chopin Foundation Award
  • Raised $8,000 in concerts to benefit the South Orange County School of the Arts, and over $7,000 in concert for the Charity: “Water.”
  • Award from The City of Laguna Niguel
  • Award from The City of Dana Point