Vladimir Valjarević (born 1973, Tuzla, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia), is a Bosnian/American pianist.
Valjarević came to New York City on a scholarship from the Mannes College of Music, where he earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees as a recipient of the Marian Marcus Wahl Performance Award. His principal teachers were Pavlina Dokovska and Vladimir Feltsman. Prior to studying at Mannes, Valjarević attended the Primary and Secondary Music School in Tuzla (Bosnia) in the class of Planinka Jurišić and Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and the Conservatory of Music in Belgrade (both in Serbia) in the class of Arbo Valdma. Additional studies include Master Classes with Pascal Devoyon, Philippe Bianconi, Gaby Casadesus, Lilian Kallir, Eteri Andjaparidze, Lydia Kouteva. Valjarevic received his doctoral degree at the Mason Gross School of the Arts of the Rutgers University under the direction of Susan Starr.
Valjarević has participated in festivals such as IMS Prussia Cove in England; American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France; International Festival-Institute at Round Top in Texas; International Keyboard Institute and Beethoven Institute in New York; Kneisel Hall in Maine (as a recipient of the Artur Balsam Scholarship); European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) in Rovigno, Croatia; and Ohrid Summer, Macedonia. As a soloist and a chamber musician, Vladimir Valjarević has won numerous prizes at National Competitions in former Yugoslavia as well as at the "Citta di Stresa" and "Citta di Marsala" International Competitions in Italy. He has recorded for Yugoslav Radio and Television and the Voice of America. His latest CD, Tribute to Faure, is recorded for Labor Records.
In the United States, Valjarević has performed at the Southwest Virginia Festival for the Arts; Manchester Music Festival and Middlebury College in Vermont; "ProMozart" Society in Atlanta, Georgia; DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois; as well as on the concert series of the Siena College in Albany, New York; "An Die Musik LIVE" in Baltimore, Maryland; "Young Musicians Forum" in Schenectady, New York; the French Embassy and American University in Washington, D.C.; Polish Consulate, American Society for Jewish Music, Donnell Library, "Music Under Construction", Greenwich House Music School, and "Meet the Virtuoso" at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. He has performed at various venues in New York City including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, The United Nations, Goethe Institute, The Liederkranz, French Consulate (New York City), New School's Tishman Auditorium and Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College among others. His European concert activity took him to England, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and the former Yugoslavia. In the United States, Valjarević appeared with the Youngstown and Knoxville Symphonies, and in Serbia with Camerata Academica and Nish Chamber Orchestra.
Committed to the exploration of contemporary repertoire, Valjarevic worked under the direction of such composers as Lukas Foss, Dick Hyman, James Cohn, David Tcimpidis, Benjamin Lees, Michael Cohen, Aleksandra Vrebalov and Ellen Lindquist. In addition, he performed in the European premiere of Cage's dance drama "Four Walls" in Berlin and Hamburg. He has often collaborated with musicologist Nancy Reich in her highly acclaimed lectures on Clara Schumann, as well as with AmorArtis Chamber Orchestra, The Boys Choir of Harlem, and "The Piano Quartet on the Balcony" at the Metropolitan Museum. He is a co-founder of "Trio 56" with violinist Stephen Miahky and cellist Ole Eirik Ree.
Valjarević teaches piano at Mannes Preparatory and Extension divisions, as well as Piano Pedagogy at the Mason Gross School of the Arts. He is the teaching assistant of Pavlina Dokovska in the College division of the Mannes Conservatory.
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