Vlada Yaneva began her piano studies at the age of six at the National School of Music in her native Sofia, Bulgaria where she graduated with high honors. She early on garnered prizes in numerous competitions, including the 2000 Young Musical Talent National Competition (Sofia), the 1999 Dimitar Nenov Competition for Young Pianists (Razgrad), and the 1996 National Competition for German and Austrian Music (Burgas).
For the last ten years Vlada has been residing and teaching in New York, and performing throughout the United States and Europe. She’s currently collaborating with friend and colleague Matthew Harrison on the project Masterwork Conversations - lecture recital series dedicated to creating a closer and more personal relationship with the audience through an open conversation. In the spring and fall of 2010 they organized and performed a seven part concert series celebrating the lives and works of Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann at the Polish American Museum in Port Washington. This project is currently being brought to libraries throughout the East coast and will continue expanding with new programs for both adults and children.
Music has taken Vlada to stages in Italy, France, Finland, Bulgaria, Greece, England and the United States. In 2007 Ms. Yaneva was presented by the St. Cyril and St. Methodius International Foundation in the concert “Musical Treasures from Bulgaria” at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has played at this venue numerous other times, first in 2002 when presented by Steinway Hall. She has recently performed at Yamaha Hall, St. John the Divine, Scandinavian House, Theater Project, Trinity Church, The Waterfront Museum Barge, and the Bulgarian Consulate General.
Ms. Yaneva is an active teacher and educator. In March 2007 she became a team leader of the first Children’s Music Social Project at the New York Cares organization working with kids in transitional shelters for two years. She continues sharing her passion for the arts as a teaching artist with the New Victory Theater working with students from the New York Public Schools. She holds her private teaching piano studio in the city for the last ten years.
Vlada is a recipient of the annual 2003 Elwa van Gelder Scholarship. In May 2006 she completed her studies at the Manhattan School of Music, graduating from the studio of Nina Svetlanova.