Victoria Vassilenko was born on 09.12.1992 in Burgas, Bulgaria. She comes from a family ofmusicians. Graduated from the “Liubomir Pipkov” National School of Music in Sofia under thetuition of Antonina Boneva (1999-2003) and prof. Stella Dimitrova-Maystorova. Since september2011 she has been a student in “Queen Sofia” college of music (Madrid, Spain) in the piano class of prof. Dimitri Bashkirov. Since 2014 she is also a student in New Bulgarian University. In june 2013 she won the prize for the most successful student of the year in the class of prof. Bashkirov, given to her personally from Her Royal Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain.
Victoria is a winner of many awards, most of which being first, as well as many special prizes from international piano competition in Bulgaria, Italy, Greece, Czech Republic and England. In november 2012 she won the second prize (not awarded first prize of the competition) in the “James Mottram” International Piano Competition (Manchester, UK). She gave a great number of recitals, some of them in Vienna (2008) and New York (2010). Victoria has been a soloist of a number of orchestras in Bulgaria and abroad as the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Liverpool, Brussels Chamber Orchestra, Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra (Chicago, USA), Classic FM Orchestra, BNR Symphony Orchestra (cond. Emil Tabakov), Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and many others.
She won the “Cristal Lyre” award two times for “The best young musician” – as a soloist of 2007-2008 concert season and as a chamber music performer in the 2011-2012 selections. She was nominated for the same prize in 2013 as well. In january 2009 she won the big prize in the “Arts” category of the “Dimitar Berbatov” foundation. In july 2009 she took part in the “Musica Mundi” chamber music course and festival in Brussels, Belgium, where she was a soloist of the “Musica Mundi” chamber orchestra, conducted by Maxim Vengerov. She was invited in the summer event also in 2010 and 2011.
Victoria took part in many well-known international music festivals and academies as “Mozarteum” (Austria), “Musica Mundi”, “Santander” Music Academy 2012, “SIPO”(Portugal), “Villa Medici Giullini”(Italy), “Young Classic Europe”(Germany), “Appolonia”,”Sofia Music Weeks”, “Days of the music in Balabanov’s house” (Plovdiv), “Sofia Music Summer”, “Canetti” and “March music days” (Russe), “European Music Festival”, “Varna Summer Festival”, and others. In 2011 she was sponsored by “ASISA” to record a CD in Spain with the first piano trio of J. Brahms and “Four seasons” from A. Piazzola with Atanas Krastev (violoncello) and Eri Masaoka (violin, Japan.
Mrs. Vassilenko made numerous recordings and took part in broadcasts of the Bulgarian National Television and Radio and the “Classic FM” United Kingdom radio station. In Bulgaria she is a concert artist of “Cantus Firmus” Music Agency. She participated in masterclasses of Dimitri Bashkirov, Dmitri Alexeev, Michail Voskresensky, Naum Grubert, Boris Berman, Paul Badura-Scoda, Plamena Mangova, Boyan Vodenicharov; chamber music – Ferenc Rados, Alexander Bonduryanskii, Elena Ashkenazy, Gunter Pichler, Franz Helmerson, Ivry Gitlis and others.
Victoria’s Website: http://victoriavassilenko.com/index.html