PIANO FACULTY - 2018

 

Vladimir OvchinnikovVladimir Ovchinnikov (Russia)

Vladimir Ovchinnikov continues the traditions of the world known G. Neighaus Piano School. He is a graduate of the famous Central Special Music School (the class of A. Artobolevskaya) and the Moscow Conservatory (the class of Prof. A. Nasedkin). Mr. Ovchinnikov is also known as an only pianist to win the top prizes at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1982) and Leeds International Piano Competition (1987). Furthermore, he is a laureate of the Concours International de Montreal (Canada, 1980, 2nd Prize) and the International Music Competition G. B. Viotti in Vercelli (Italy, 1984, 1st Prize). It was his success at Leeds, however, that established his international career, a triumph which was followed by a brilliant début performance in London in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen. He appears regularly with leading orchestras all over the world, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the English Classical Players in the UK. He has also appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and numerous others from around the world. In Russia he works with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Great Symphony Orchestra, and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra. In the course of his career he has performed with many leading conductors, including E. Svetlanov, Sir Georg Solti, V. Ashkenazy, R. Barshay, M. Bamert, J. Brett, W. Weller, A. Wit, A. Dmitriev, J. Kraizberg, L. Pesek, G. Rozhdestvensky, S. Skrowaczewski, V. Fedoseev, M. Jansons, N. Jarvi, A. Lazarev, R. Martynov, Y. Simonov, V. Poliansky, A. Vedernikov, T. Sanderling, J. Conlon, V. Gergiev, M. Gorenstein, M. Shostakovich. Maestro Ovchinnikov possesses a wide repertory and appears in all the major cities throughout Europe and the USA. He had an honor to perform in the most prestigious concert halls, such as The Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, The Great Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmony, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London, Gewandhaus in Germany, Vienna Musikverein, Conservatorio Milano Verdi, Champs-Elysees Theatre in Paris, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and has received the highest praises of the audience, music critics and press. His festival appearances include: Carnegie Hall and Hollywood Bowl (USA), Edinburgh and Cheltenham (UK), Schleswig Holstein (Germany), Sintra (Portugal), Stresa (Italy), Singapore Festival, BBC Proms in London, V. Cliburn in Concert Festival (USA). He has also recorded for leading companies: EMI released his CDs with “Transcendental Etudes” by Liszt, “Etudes — Tableaux” by Rachmaninoff, all 9 Sonatas and pieces from the ballet “Cinderella” by Prokofiev. For Collins Classics he recorded the First Piano Concerto by Shostakovich (with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Maxim Shostakovich) and “Pictures at an Exhibition”. Other recordings include sonatas for violin and piano by Grieg (together with the violinist Vinnitsky). Mr. Ovchinnikov's Russian Seasons label features Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Taneev, and Rubinstein. For several years, he was the guest Professor of Piano at the Royal Northern College of Music in England as well as Rector of the Central Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Currently, he is the resident Professor of piano at the Moscow Conservatory, Moscow State University in Russia, guest Professor of Piano at Sakuyo University (Japan), and Head of the piano department and Professor at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music. He has also been a jury member of many international competitions. In 2005, Vladimir Ovchinnikov received Russia’s highest award and honor for musicians; the title National Artist of Russia awarded by the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin.

 

 

Vladimir ViardoVladimir Viardo (Russia/USA)

Vladimir Viardo was born in 1949 at Krasnia Polana in the Caucasus, USSR. Viardo studied with Irina Naumova at the Gnessin State Musical College and later studied with Lev Naumov at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he remained as a student for six years. Naumov would describe him as "my number one pupil". During this time, he was tenured as a soloist by Moscow Philharmonia (the primary music organization of the USSR). After obtaining a doctorate, he was immediately engaged as assistant professor with Naumov at the Conservatory. At the age of 21, Viardo took the third prize and the Prix du Prince Rainier at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition, and in 1973 first prize at the Van Cliburn International Competition. He had already launched an impressive global career when his travel visa was mysteriously revoked. For nearly thirteen years, Viardo was a virtual prisoner of the Iron Curtain. During this closed period he developed new horizons in his artistic achievements vastly enlarging his repertoire (eventually including 37 piano concertos). Only when Mikhail Gorbachev rose to power in the Soviet Union, his freedom to travel was restored, and in 1987 Viardo was permitted to accept engagements in Germany and in the United States. He joined the University of North Texas College of Music faculty as artist-in residence in 1989. His international roster of students includes young artists from Eastern Europe, Spain, Mexico, South Africa, and the United States. Viardo's master-classes are much in demand throughout the world and his name appears in the book 'The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA'. Since returning to 'the West' his international career resumed with several concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers, Salle Pleyel and the Concertgebouw. Viardo's tours have taken him to leading American, Canadian and European cities, Asia, South Africa, as well as to Israel, Central and South America, where he performed with some of the most important conductors of our time (Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Spivakov, Dmitri Kitayenko, Eduardo Mata, Kirill Kondrashin, and Krzysztof Penderecki). He has made numerous recordings for Melodiya, Pro Arte, Nonesuch, and Sony.

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Silvije VidovicSilvije Vidovic (Croatia/USA)

Silvije Vidovic has played hundreds of concerts throughout Europe and the U.S., Silvije Vidovic, while continued to excel through his genuine artistry and profound performances. Mr. Vidovic’s extraordinary musical talents come by no surprise as he was born into a family of musicians, and by the age of eight was giving local performances in his hometown of Karlovac, Croatia. His dedication to music won national recognition through top prizes for piano and accordion at the competitions of former Yugoslavia. Amid Croatian civil war and political turmoil in the 1990’s, Silvije continued his travels from Karlovac to the Musical Academy in Zagreb, where he obtained the highest rankings for his performances, and in 2001 received his master‘s degree under the tutelage of Professor Hari Gusek. During this period, Mr. Vidovic made countless performances alongside his brother and sister, Viktor and Ana, both famous classical guitarists. In 2003, Silvije received a full scholarship to study in the United States with Kemal Gekic. His potentials as an emerging young artist was immediately recognized when he won the first prize at Florida International University’s Concerto Competition in 2004, which followed with a series of concerts organized by the Guild for International Piano Competition. Mr. Vidovic continued his musical development at Boston University studying with Dr. Jonathan Bass. While there, he was employed as a teacher assistant, and in 2008 was the winner of the Richmond Piano Competition. In August 2012 Silvije completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at the University of North Texas, where he studied with the renowned Russian pianist and pedagogue Vladimir Viardo. Silvije‘s audio recordings have been released by Croatia Records, Art-Net Club, and Akadem Records. Furthermore, Mr. Vidovic has been featured in four documentary films produced by the Croatian National TV, which chronicle the lives and artistic careers of the three Vidovic siblings. In 2011, Mr. Vidovic has been sponsored by the Concert Music Tour organization, which resulted with his performance in Vienna's Musikverein Golden Hall. Mr. Vidovic is a co-founder and Artistic Director of Karlovac Piano Festival and Karlovac International Piano Competition. Recently, Silvije has been active as a lecturer professor at the universities across South Florida.

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