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A dedicated chamber musician and soloist, pianist Vladimir Valjarevic has been praised for his “caressing legato,” “silk-on-velvet seductiveness,” (Fanfare Magazine) and “beautiful lyricism and . . . wide variety of tones and colorings, perceptively applied with care” (All Music Guide). He has been called “an outstandingly responsive partner and superb tonalist” (The Strad). His performances have taken him throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, and have garnered critical acclaim. Valjarevic has collaborated with contemporary composers in various projects, including commissions, recordings, and world premieres. His recordings can be heard on Labor Records, Romeo Records, Centaur Records, Blue Griffin, and MSR Classics. He won numerous prizes in national competitions in former Yugoslavia as well as at “Città di Stresa” and “Città di Marsala” International Competitions for the Young in Italy. Valjarevic’s primary instructors are Pavlina Dokovska, Pascal Devoyon, Susan Starr, Vladimir Feltsman, and Planinka Jurisic-Atic. He has performed extensively as a member of the Kaleidos Duo, with violinist Miroslav Hristov, and the Hudson Piano Trio.
Valjarevic is on piano faculty at Mason Gross School of the Arts and Mannes School of Music, where he also teaches piano pedagogy and piano literature. His festival affiliations have included Beijing International Music Festival and Academy, Xi’An Music Festival, Round Top in Texas, International Institute for Young Musicians in Kansas, and IKIF in New York. He has given piano masterclasses and lectures on piano pedagogy in the United States and China, including presentations at the Music China World Fair in Shanghai, 2nd International RAST Music Congress (IRMC), Digital Workshop: Intercultural Piano Pedagogy Project, under the auspices of the Festival Junger Künstler, Bayreuth, Germany. His writings on piano pedagogy are published in the RAST Musicology Journal. Vladimir Valjarevic is a Steinway Artist.