Preparatory Division Faculty

Vladimir Valjarevic

Vladimir Valjarevic


The critics have praised pianist Vladimir Valjarevic for his “caressing legato,” “silk-on-velvet seductiveness” (Fanfare Magazine), “beautiful lyricism and a wide variety of tones and colorings, perceptively applied with care” (All Music Guide), and as “an outstandingly responsive partner and superb tonalist” (The Strad).  A dedicated chamber musician and soloist, Valjarevic has performed throughout United States, Europe, and Asia, including appearances at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Sumida Triphony Chamber Hall in Tokyo, Grand Théâtre de Genève and the Conservatory Hall in Geneva, "Bulgaria" Hall in Sofia, Leiszhalle in Hamburg, "Kolarac" Hall in Belgrade, Chateau Fontainebleau in France, Singelkerk in Amsterdam, National Opera in Tirana. In the United States, he concertized at the Conservatory of Music in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Southwest Virginia Festival for the Arts, the Manchester Music Festival and Middlebury College in Vermont, the ProMozart Society in Atlanta, DePaul University in Chicago, the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, the French and Swiss Embassies and American University in Washington D.C., and in various concert series in New York City, including performances at Bargemusic, Weill, Merkin, and Steinway Halls, the Yamaha Salon, the United Nations, “Music Under Construction,” the French and Polish Consulates, and the “Meet the Virtuoso” series at the 92nd Street Y.  He has appeared with the Youngstown and Knoxville Symphonies and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and has collaborated with the AmorArtis Chamber Orchestra, The Boys Choir of Harlem, and Nancy Reich in her lectures on Clara Schumann.  In addition, Valjarevic participated in the European premiere of Cage’s “Four Walls” in Berlin and Hamburg and in world premieres of Aleksandra Vrebalov’s and Dick Hyman’s commissioned compositions with the Knoxville Symphony at Southwest Virginia Festival for the Arts.  He has recorded for Labor Records, Centaur Records, and MSR Classics. 

Originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valjarevic earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees with honors from Mannes College of Music in New York City and a Professional Studies Certificate from Geneva Conservatory in Switzerland, where he studied as a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and a Swiss Arts Government Grant.  He received his Doctoral degree with honors from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.  His principal teachers are Pavlina Dokovska, Pascal Devoyon, Susan Starr and Vladimir Feltsman.  Festivals include IMS Prussia Cove (England), the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau (France), Apeldoorn (The Netherlands), Round Top (Texas), Kneisel Hall (Maine), and the International Keyboard Institute and Beethoven Institute (New York). He is a prize-winner at numerous National Competitions in the former Yugoslavia and of the “Citta di Stresa” and “Citta di Marsala” Competitions for the Young in Italy.  Valjarevic is on the Piano Faculty of the Mannes Preparatory and Extension Divisions, the Piano Pedagogy Faculty at Mannes College, and is the Teaching Assistant of Pavlina Dokovska in the College Division.  At Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University), he teaches Piano Literature and Piano Pedagogy.  In the summers, he is on the piano and chamber music faculties at the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy in China, where he is also a coordinator of the chamber music program. In addition, he teaches at the “Pianophoria!” summer music festival at Hunter College and CME, The Center for Musical Excellence Festival, both in New York City.
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