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.
Mia Vassilev “makes the ivory fly” in her piano show, Mia & You, with sparkling vintage hits of bolero, tango, boogie-woogie, choro, polka and more! Don your fedora or pearls, take a step back in time, and don’t miss a note of Mia & You!
Hailed by the Miami Herald as “Consistently vital and polished” and as “a visionary, who makes things happen.” by composer Michael Torke, pianist Mia Vassilev delivers an intoxicating repertoire of mixed genres. Enjoy an evening with this striking virtuoso known for her humor, artistic sense of adventure and passion, performing the music she loves – both classical and modern.
“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.”