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Pianist Nadejda Vlaeva to perform at Moravian – April 6

Season finale of Piano Masters@Moravian

Bethlehem, Pa., April 4, 2006—Piano Masters at Moravian will present guest artist Nadejda Vlaeva, a young piano virtuoso who is gaining world-wide recognition, on Thursday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Peter Hall, Church Street Campus.

Vlaeva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and began playing piano at five years of age. While still a child she studied with Antoanetta Arsova at Sofia’s Pipkov School of Music, and later with Anton Dikov at the Sofia Academy of Music. After graduation in 1997, she departed for the Netherlands to pursue higher studies under the tutelage of Jan Wijn at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam . Vlaeva also worked in master classes with a variety of international teachers while in Amsterdam, and then moved to New York in 1999 to study briefly with American concert pianist Ruth Laredo. In 2000 she made debut recital at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York.

Vlaeva's wide repertoire includes baroque, classical, and romantic music styles. She has performed in concerts with international symphony orchestras, and is well-versed in all the major composers, especially Franz Liszt and Fryderyk Chopin. She has given solo recitals in Bulgaria, the United States, Barbados, Canada, England, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, and Spain, and in several of those countries played for radio and television She has received major awards, most notably the First Prize and Gold Medal at the1989 Liszt competition in Lucca, Italy; the Third Prize at the 1996 International Liszt Competition in Budapest; and the 1998 Yamaha Award for the best interpretation of Brahms in Weimar. Composer Lowell Liebermann has been commissioned to compose a work for her which she will premier this year.

Three CDs of her piano music have been released to date – Chopin Works for Piano and Orchestra, A Liszt Recital, and Dimiter Christoff: The Piano Music, Volume 2. The Liszt album won the International Grand Prix “Liszt” du Disque 2002. Vlaeva recorded also the soundtrack music for the film "In Search of Cezanne" produced by Academy Award winner Allan Miller.

Peter Hall is located on the college’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Bethlehem. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For information please call 610-515-1025 or online at www.pianoculture.com.