"ELECTRIFYING & UNFORGETTABLE."
“Venkatesh has an extremely rare combination of effortless technical command and authority with a sense of poetry and refinement that belies his years…electrifying and unforgettable… he’s a spectacular pianist.”
Mr. Venkatesh's two upcoming releases consist of a debut on Naxos in an all-Mozart program, and the music of Lucas Richman on Albany Records.
Colburn Artists Recital
Works by Scarlatti, Clara Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Beethoven
Zipper Hall, Los Angeles, CA
Saint-Saëns: "Aquarium" from the Carnival of the Animals
with Eva Schaumkell, piano
Saint-Saëns: Concerto No. 2 in G Minor
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Sarasota Music Festival
Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A Minor Op. 114
with Micah Wright, clarinet & Annie Jacobs-Perkins, cello
"Vijay Venkatesh is blessed with it all: transcendent technique, unbridled passion, and irresistible charisma. He breathes with an oxygen of imagination."
- Washington Post
Venkatesh has rapidly established a major international reputation as top prizewinner in the San Jose, Seattle, Zimmerli, World Piano, and Waring International Piano Competitions. Recent and upcoming concerto highlights include performances with Columbus Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Redlands Symphony, USC Thornton Symphony, and more. He has performed as soloist with such celebrated conductors as Jeffrey Kahane, Ludovic Morlot, and Carlos Miguel Prieto, to name a few.
"Venkatesh exudes a musical confidence, as his reading of the concerto was far more languid, more lyrical and more nuanced than the standard performance. His sense of color, of dynamics and of phrasing all revealed lyricism in areas that many play as barren passagework. With both an endearing stage presence (could we be thinking Van Cliburn here?) and a personal voice, Venkatesh seems destined to make a musical impact on bigger stages.”
- THE DAY, NEW LONDON