Vladimir Valjarevic
Mannes College (The New School for Music)
Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University)

Vladimir Valjarevic
The critics have praised Vladimir Valjarevic for his "caressing legato," "silk-on-velvet seductiveness" (Fanfare Magazine), "beautiful lyricism and . . . wide variety of tones and colorings, perceptively applied with care" (All Music Guide). He has also been called "an outstandingly responsive partner and superb tonalist" (The Strad). Valjarevic feels equally comfortable interpreting scores of chamber music and solo literature. As a chamber musician, he is a member of two ensembles: Kaleidos Duo (with violinist Miroslav Hristov) and The Hudson Piano Trio (with violinist Caroline Chin and cellist Robert Burkhart).

Some of Valjarevic's solo and chamber performances include appearances at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Sumida Triphony Chamber Hall in Tokyo, Leiszhalle in Hamburg, Conservatory Hall in Geneva, Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche in Berlin, Concert Hall "Bulgaria" in Sofia, Conservatory of Music in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont, the Southwest Virginia Festival for the Arts, French and Swiss Embassies in Washington, D.C. In New York, he has performed at Bargemusic, "Concerts at One" at Trinity Church, the "Meet the Virtuoso" at the 92nd Street Y, the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, the Yamaha Salon, The United Nations, and the New School's Tishman Auditorium, among others. Committed to exploration of the contemporary repertoire, Valjarevic has worked under the direction of various composers and took part in numerous world premieres, including the compositions by Aleksandra Vrebalov and Dick Hyman with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra at the Southwest Virginia Festival for the Arts. In addition, he performed in the European premiere of Cage's dance drama "Four Walls" in Berlin and then Hamburg.

Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valjarevic received his initial music education in Tuzla as a student of Planinka Jurisic-Atic. He came to New York City on a scholarship from the Mannes College of Music, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees with honors, garnering the Marian Marcus Wahl Performance Award at graduation. His principal teachers were Pavlina Dokovska and Vladimir Feltsman. Valjarevic received a doctoral degree from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he was a student of Susan Starr, and a recipient of the Saldarini Scholarship Award. Upon graduation, he was presented with the Elizabeth Wyckoff Durham Award for Excellence in Keyboard Studies. After winning a Fulbright Scholarship and Swiss Arts Government Grant, Valjarevic studied at the Geneva Conservatory in Switzerland under the tutelage of Pascal Devoyon. While in Geneva, he received chamber music instruction from Jean Jacques Balet and clavichord lessons from Nicole Hostettler at the Centre de Musique Ancienne.

He has participated in Master Classes with Jerome Lowenthal, Philippe Bianconi, Gaby Casadesus, Gyorgy Sandor, Lilian Kallir, Eteri Andjaparidze and Lydia Kouteva, and in festivals such as IMS Prussia Cove in England, the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France, the Apeldoorn Festival in The Netherlands, the International Festival-Institute at Round Top in Texas, The International Keyboard Institute and the Beethoven Institute in New York, Kneisel Hall in Maine (as a recipient of Artur Balsam Scholarship). As a soloist and chamber musician, he has won numerous prizes at National Competitions in the former Yugoslavia as well as at the "Citta di Stresa" and "Citta di Marsala" International Competitions for the Young in Italy. He has recorded for Labor Records, Romeo Records, Centaur Records, and MSR Classics.

Valjarevic teaches piano at Mannes College The New School for Music (College, Prep, MannesNext divisions) and Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. At Mannes Prep, he is the head of the piano department. He was the teaching assistant to Pavlina Dokovska for over a decade and still continues close collaboration with her, in teaching and performance. Valjarevic also lectures on piano literature at Mason Gross School of the Arts and piano pedagogy at both schools. He conducts piano master classes semi-annually under the auspices of Southwest Virginia Community College. In the summers, he serves on the piano and chamber music faculties at the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy in China, where he is the coordinator of the chamber music program. In addition, he teaches at the "Pianophoria!" summer music festival at Hunter College and The Center for Musical Excellence (CME) Festival, both in New York City.

Vladimir is an alumnus of Round Top Festival Institute (2003).