Virtuoso Pianist Mia Vassilev started playing from the age of 3 and has performed throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the US as a soloist, chamber musician, and opera accompanist.
Recent CD release appearances include Several Times, the chamber music of Dennis Kam, released by Navona Records in 2018, the Naxos album Del Caribe, Soy!, and Ecstatic Records’ MIAMI GRANDS, composed by Michael Torke.
In her hometown of Miami Beach, she is a frequent soloist with the Hallendale Symphonic Pops Orchestra, the Alhambra Orchestra, the Sugar Pops Orchestra, and the Klezmer Company Orchestra in Boca Raton, and is an adjunct Professor of Piano at Barry University in Miami Shores.
She holds degrees, awards and assistantships from Kansas State University, University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, and University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and is an active soloist, chamber musician and opera accompanist, working for tours and production rehearsals with the Metropolitan Opera (NY), Glimmerglass Opera (NY), Florida Grand Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy, the American Institute of Musical Studies Festival in Graz, Austria, and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts in Miami, Florida among others.
Mia’s hobbies include falling down in skis at high speeds and reading Ayn Rand.
PREPARE YOURSELF FOR A NIGHT THAT IS PART VEGAS,
PART POPS, AND ALL FABULOUS.
In the spirit of the legendary Liberace, stunning Piano Virtuoso Mia Vassilev introduces her exquisite and entertaining show, Pedals & Bows. Having won worldwide acclaim for her musical diversity, artistry and charismatic stage presence, Mia Vassilev gathers together an enchanting and enthralling all-female ensemble, traversing musical genres from classical to rock and roll. All of which will leave you captivated.
This diverse presentation will showcase the virtuosity of Mia’s piano performance augmented with strings, which include two amazingly talented and beautiful violinists and an enchanting and skillful cellist. The percussionist ads depth as a lovely and skillfully professional ballroom dance couple light up the stage. As all of this talent is expertly displayed, eye catching and fun multi-media videos enhance each song. The audience will be amazed as Mia’s gifted and polished style gracefully fills the air with clear, clean, and brilliant sound. Her dynamic and emotional interpretations are only matched by her sharp wit and lively banter.
Mia has a distinguished portfolio including degrees, awards and assistantships to the doctoral level from several Universities and Music Schools. Mia has performed for tours and productions around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera (NY), Glimmerglass Opera (NY), Florida Grand Opera, Cincinnati Opera, the American Institute of Musical Studies Festival in Graz, Austria, and Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy. She is a hidden gem of international acclaim. Her vast musical experiences has crafted her talents into the awe-inspiring performer she is today.
“Consistently vital and polished, with a nuanced expressive palette.”
“Ms. Vassilev lit the reverberant fireworks of Liszt’s Funerailles and (the) Etude de Concert with zestful enthusiasm.”
“Mia Vassilev is a skilled and musical pianist that embodies the best of technique and artistry. She is equally talented performing as a soloist or with an ensemble or as an accompanist.”
“Pianista MIA VASSILEV , una giovanissima artista che ha entusiasmato il pubblico per la sua eccezionale bravura nell’esecuzione, al pianoforte, di celebri brani.” [“Pianist Mia Vassilev is a young artist who thrilled the public with her exceptional skill performing celebrated works.”]
“Mia is a visonary, who makes things happen.”
“Mia Vassilev is a natural musician and performer!”
“I had the pleasure of performing the Rhapsody in Blue with her. She plays with authority, emotional intensity and an instinctive understanding of the musical content. She has an effortless technique and she lights up the stage with her presence. She is a joy to work with and a musical talent to be reckoned with!”
“Those of us who have admired Mia Vassilev’s work on behalf of South Florida’s classical scene with her stewardship of the Miami Piano Circle also can celebrate her individual musicianship in her playing of the Eighth Sonata by the sadly overlooked Leo Ornstein. This gritty and powerful work gets a steely, intense performance from Vassilev, who handily vanquishes its technical demands and also knows just when to relax and let the jazz and Romantic colors she and Ornstein both love to come out and refresh the ear. It’s a handsome reading of an important piece of American music.”