Nadejda Vlaeva’s playing has been acclaimed wherever she has appeared. Lazar Berman called her talent “God-given”; Maestro Hans Graf observed that “her musicality and the depth of her interpretation amazed me.” She has performed internationally, giving solo recitals in Bulgaria, Russia, Slovakia, Hungary, The Netherlands, Germany, England, Spain, Barbados, Canada and the United States. She has played as a soloist with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Capella Istropolitana in Slovakia, the Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Wroclaw Philharmonic, and with various other orchestras throughout the world. Ms. Vlaeva has also appeared with notable success on radio and television in several countries.
Included among her major awards are the First Prize at the Liszt competition in Lucca, Italy, the Third Prize at the International Liszt Competition in Budapest, and the Yamaha Award for the best interpretation of Brahms, in Weimar. Her second CD, Piano Music of Liszt, was released on the MSR Classics label and won the International Grand Prix "Liszt" du Disque. Previous winners include Pollini, Brendel, Kocsis, Cziffra, Bernstein, and Solti. Her most recent CD, Bach Transcriptions by Camille Saint-Saens and Isidor Philipp, was released by Hyperion in October 2011 and selected by BBC Music Magazine as their Instrumental Choice of the month.
The American composer Lowell Liebermann composed his Nocturne No. 9 (2006) and Variations on a Theme of Schubert (2007) for Ms. Vlaeva. We are very lucky to catch her when she is in the Bay Area visiting family, and she has gracefully agreed to do a house concert for us. You will hear the Liebermann Variations and the Bach/Saint-Saens Transcriptions at this house concert.
Come early for drinks and home-cooked food, and stay on to discuss her music with Nadejda. If you would like to bring a dish or beverage to share, it would be most appreciated too! $20 suggested donation.
Here are some samples of Nadejda's playing:
And here is the complete program for the evening:
J. S. Bach/ Saint-Saëns
Recitativ and Air from Cantata No. 30
Gavotte from Violin Partita No. 3
Largo from Violin Sonata No. 3
Bouree from Violin Partita No. 1
Adagio from Cantata No. 3
Overture from Cantata No. 29
Hans von Bülow
Carnivale di Milano, Op. 21
4. Intermezzo fantastico
7. Intermezzo lirico
9. Intermezzo scherzoso
Variations on a Theme by Schubert, Op. 100
Hans von Bülow/Franz Liszt
Gnomenreigen, Etude de concert No. 2
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 9 “Carnival in Pest”