Project Description

Victoria Vassilenko, Sergey Redkin

Viktoria Vasilenko – Victoria is a piano teacher in the “Pantcho Vladigerov” National Music Academy, Sofia and invited artist and teacher (piano and chamber music) in the “Musica Mundi” chamber music summer course and festival, Waterloo, Belgium (since 2019).
Sergei Redkin won first prizes at the III International Piano Competition “My Lind” -Helsinki, from the VI International Competition “S. Prokofiev”, and in 2015. received third prize and bronze medal at the XV International Competition “PI Tchaikovsky” – Moscow.

03 – 09 July, Sozopol

Course Fee – EUR 499

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Victoria Vasilenko
Victoria VasilenkoPiano
Victoria Vassilenko was born in 1992 in Burgas, Bulgaria. Comes from a family of musicians.
Education: “Lyubomir Pipkov” National School of Music, Sofia (1999-2011). Teachers: Antonina Boneva; prof. Stella Dimitrova-Maystorova
“Queen Sofia” Superior College of Music, Madrid (2011-2015) Teachers: prof. Dmitri Bashkirov (piano); prof. Marta Gulyas (chamber music)
“New Bulgarian University”, Sofia (Bachelor degree)
“Lake of Como” International Piano Academy, Italy (since 2015) Teachers: head prof. William Grant-Naboré
“Queen Elisabeth” Music Chapel, Brussels (since 2016) Teachers: Louis Lortie, Avedis Koyoumdzhian
“Royal Conservatory of Music””, Brussels (Masters degree) Teacher: prof. Boyan Vodenitcharov
Currently a PhD student in “Pantcho Vladigerov” National Music Academy, Sofia (since 2020)
Competition prizes and other awards: Numerous first, second and special prizes from national and international piano competitions in Bulgaria, Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, England, Romania. Second prize winner (first not awarded) of “James Mottram” International Piano Competition, UK (2012); winner of the “George Enescu” International Competition, piano section (Bucharest, Romania 2016); “Les Jeudis du Piano” International Music Festival and Competition (Geneve, Switzerland) – winner of the 2016/2017 concert season; “Golden age” for cultural and art contribution in Bulgaria (2017); “Golden nib” for cultural and art contribution in Bulgaria (2020); first winner of “13 centuries Bulgaria” annual awards (donation campaign for supporting bulgarian talents in science and arts); “Crystal lyre” awards for best young musician (2007) and chamber music group (2011), Sofia. Awards from Her Royal Majesty Queen Sofia for “The most successful student of the year” from the piano class of prof. Bashkirov (2013) and “The most successful chamber music group” (2015) for Elyon Trio (Victoria Vassilenko – piano; Laura Szabo – cello and Mohamed Hiber – violin)
Concerts in important venues, International Music Festivals, orchestras: Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid), Palau de la Música (Barcelona), “Alte Oper” (Frankfurt), “Atheneum” (Bucharest), “Flagey” and “BOZAR” (Brussels), “Teatro de la Maestranza”, Sevilla; “Bulgaria” hall (Sofia), solo and chamber music concerts in Austria, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, USA, Slovakia, Spain, Palma de Mallorca, Portugal etc. “Musica Mundi” Chamber Music Festival, Waterloo (2009,2010,2011), “Santander” International Academy and Festival, Spain; “Mozarteum”, Salzburg, “Oberstdorfer Musiksommer”, “Young Classics Europe”, Passau; “Klavier-Festival Ruhr”, Germany; “LacMus” festival, Tremezzina, “Appolonia”, “March music days”, “Varna summer” music festival; “Sofia music weeks”, “European Music Festival”, “Music days in Balabanov’s house”, “Katya Popova Laureate days” International Music Festival (Bulgaria) and others. Soloist of: Brussels Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Chambre de Wallonie (cond. Franck Braley), Royal Sypmhony Orchestra of Sevilla; Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra (USA), Royal Symphony Orchestra of Liverpool (UK), George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra (Bucharest), Classic FM Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic, orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio, “Sofia soloists” Chamber Orchestra etc.
Foundation scholarships: “Dimitar Berbatov” foundation, “1000 scholarships”, “St.St. Cyril and Methodis”, “Yordan Kamdzhalov” foundation for promising young musicians, “American foundation for Bulgaria”, “Albeniz” and others. Victoria is indebted to Much-net AG (a medium-sized company in Bonn/Germany specialised on the development of financial software and valuation services) for their regular support in the continuation and deepening her musical studies at the „Lago di Como International Piano Academy“, Italy and “Queen Elisabeth” Music Chapel, Waterloo, Belgium.
Recordings and CD releases: “Trio ASISA” chamber music CD with works of J. Brahms and A. Piazzola (Madrid,2012); CD with live and studio recordings, made by the Bulgarian National Radio (works by Fr. Schubert, P. Hindemith, R. Shchedrin), Sofia 2014; CD release with music by Antoine Reicha (project of “Queen Elisabeth” Music Chapel, February 2017). Broadcasts and recordings in Bulgaria, UK, Slovakia, Spain.
Solo and chamber music masterclasses: Dmitri Bashkirov, William Grant Nabore, Stanislav Youdenitch, Malcolm Bilson, Dmitri Alexeev, Michail Voskresensky, Boris Berman, Paul Badura-Scoda, Naum Grubert, Plamena Mangova, Boyan Vodenicharov; chamber music – Andras Schiff, Ferenc Rados, Elena Ashkenazy, Alexander Bondurijansky, Gunter Pichler, Maxim Vengerov, Ivry Gitlis, Franc Helmerson, Gavriel Lipkind, Wen-Sinn Yang and many others.
Teaching experience: Currently Victoria is a piano teacher in the “Pantcho Vladigerov” National Music Academy, Sofia and invited artist and teacher (piano and chamber music) in the “Musica Mundi” chamber music summer course and festival, Waterloo, Belgium (since 2019). Victoria gave masterclasses in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) and Cluj, Romania – as part of the “George Enescu” Festival, 2020).

Management: “Cantus Firmus” Music Agency (for Bulgaria), Artistic
Manager – Daniela Handjieva

Victoria is indebted to much-net AG , a medium-sized company in Bonn/Germany specialised on the development of financial software and valuation services, for their regular support in the continuation and deepening her musical studies – currently at the „Lago di Como International Piano Academy“ in Italy and “Queen Elisabeth” Music Chapel, Waterloo, Belgium.

Sergey Redkin
Sergey RedkinPiano
Sergei Redkin was born in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, on October 27th, 1991. He began to play the piano at the age of five. At the age of six he began to study at the Music Lyceum of Krasnoyarsk, in the class of Galina Boguslavskaya. At the same time he began to study improvisation and composition with Eduard Markaich.
In year 2004, after becoming a laureat of the International Gavrilin competition of young composers in Saint Petersburg, Sergei continued his education at the Special Music School of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, in the piano class of Olga Kurnavina. At that time Sergei won his first several prizes at competitions for young pianists, such as Rachmaninoff competition (Saint Petersburg, 2005, First prize) and Chopin competition (Estonia, 2006, Grand prix). Sergei also played his first solo recitals in Russia and abroad, getting engagements from Germany, Switzerland, Poland.
Simultaneously Sergei studied composition under prof. Alexander Mnatsakanyan, one of the last students of Dmitri Shostakovich. Among Sergei Redkin’s works you can find a string quartet (recorded in 2008), a trio for winds, a lot of solo piano music and other chamber music works. Suite for cello and piano won the First prize at the young composers’ competition in Saint Petersburg in 2007.
In 2008 Sergei was honored to receive the Maestro Temirkanov Award as one of the best students of Saint Petersburg Special Music School.
In year 2009 Sergei successfully passed his entrance exams and became a student of prof. Alexander Sandler at the Saint Petersburg state Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. He also continued his composition studies under prof. Mnatsakanyan.
During the year 2011 with the support of St Petersburg House of Music Sergei Redkin trained at the famous International Lake Como Piano Academy in Italy, studying under such musicians as William Grant Nabore, Dmitry Bashkirov, Peter Frankl, Fou Ts’ong among others.
In year 2012 Sergei became the winner of III International Maj Lind competition in Helsinki, in 2013 – the winner of VI International Prokofiev competition in Saint Petersburg. In 2015 he won the Third prize and the Bronze medal at the XV International Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow.
Sergei Redkin graduated the Saint-Petersburg conservatory in 2015, and finished his postgraduation studies there in 2017. From 2017 he becomes an Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium in the class of Louis Lortie.
In the year 2016 Valery Gergiev engaged Sergei for performances with the Mariinsky Orchestra in Paris Philarmonic Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, and Auditorio Nacional in Mexico, inviting him as well to take part in the “MPHIL 360” Festival in Munich Philharmonic Hall. He has performed recitals and chamber music concerts not only in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and various other Russian cities but also in Germany, Austria, France, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Israel and Portugal.
In the 2017-18 season, he made his debuts with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonia Orchestra; went on tour with Valery Gergiev and Mariinsky Orchestra, performing in Auditorio Nacional in Madrid and Bela Bartok Hall in Budapest, among others; he additionally performed at the Bruckner House in Linz, the Ruhr Piano Festival, and the Kissingen Sommer Festival, as well as in Basel and Brussels.
In the 2018-19 season, Sergei makes his debuts with Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, playing with Yuri Temirkanov in Victoria Hall in Geneva and at the Lucerne Summer Festival; performing in the new Zaryadye Hall in Moscow with Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Fedoseyev; making his first tours in Japan and UK; he also plays his first solo recitals at the Lucerne Piano Festival, Verbier Festival in Switzerland and Nohant Festival in France.
In 2018 Sergei Redkin won the Annual Prize of the Klavier Festival in Ruhr (Germany), awarded by the world-known American composer Philip Glass, conductor Dennis Russell Davies and pianist Maki Namekawa.

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