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©  2019 Vijay Venkatesh  © Photos by Martin Chalifour, Mark Westling  

BIOGRAPHY

Hailed by the Herald-Tribune for his “dazzling pianism verging on the impossible, effortless technical command and authority with a sense of poetry and refinement that belies his years,” Indian-American pianist Vijay Venkatesh has been recognized as a pianist with profound musicianship, sparkling pianism and an innate sense of partnership.

Hailed by the Herald-Tribune for his “dazzling pianism verging on the impossible, effortless technical command and authority with a sense of poetry and refinement that belies his years,” Indian-American pianist Vijay Venkatesh has been recognized as a pianist with profound musicianship, sparkling pianism and an innate sense of partnership.

Venkatesh has rapidly established a major international reputation after winning Gold Medal in the San Jose, Seattle, Zimmerli, World Piano, and Waring International Piano Competitions.

 

Highlights of his 2019-20 season include a multi-city tour of California, and performances in Colorado, Oregon, New York and Vancouver. He has appeared extensively across the United States and Europe as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Seattle, Vienna, Sarasota, Redlands, Roanoke, Eastern Connecticut, YMF Debut, USC Thornton, IU Jacobs, UC Irvine, Pasadena, Rio Hondo, South Coast, Transylvania, and the Brevard Music Center.

He has performed as soloist with such celebrated conductors as Jeffrey Kahane, Ludovic Morlot, David Lockington, David Stewart Wiley, Toshiyuki Shimada, Ken Lam, and more.

Among Venkatesh's many awards, he was named a Davidson Fellow Laureate at the Library of Congress, USC Thornton's Discovery Scholar, and Grand Prize Winner of the Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Awards. He also performed on NPR’s “From the Top,” with host Christopher O'Riley.

As recitalist, Venkatesh has performed at Merkin Hall in New York, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess series, and at the Aspen, Brevard, Banff, Newport, Redlands Bowl, Sarasota, and Vienna Music Festivals. As recipient of the inaugural Parnassus Society Prize he performed in recital at the Soka Performing Arts Center. 

An active chamber musician, Venkatesh has appeared eight times on Le Salon de Musiques at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles and tours as the Vieness Piano Duo with pianist Eva Schaumkell. They will begin the 2019/2020 season together with Kultur unter'm Dach in Germany, followed by performances in Chicago, California, Colorado, Indiana, Oregon, New Jersey, New York, Canada, and a 3-week tour of the Midwestern United States.

 

As pianist in the Aristeia Trio, Gold Medalists of the Frances Walton International Chamber Music Competition, they embarked on a 30-concert tour of Washington, and appeared twice on KING-FM 89.1 FM. 

Venkatesh has been invited to teach masterclasses at the Roanoke University in Virginia and Emory University in Atlanta. 

 

Originally from California, he holds degrees from USC Thornton and IU Jacobs School of Music, where he was a recipient of the Barbara and David Jacobs Fellowship under the tutelage of Norman Krieger and André Watts. He has previously studied with Jeffrey Kahane and received artistic guidance from Murray Perahia, Menahem Pressler, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. He currently pursues an Artist Diploma at the Colburn School in Los Angeles with Fabio Bidini.

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