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Mia Vassilev, piano

Pianist Mia Vassilev has concertized throughout the U.S., Mexico, China, Germany and Italy, and has been broadcast on the Classical Radio Network in Bulgaria. Dr. Vassilev’s unique programming of important yet neglected repertoire has resulted in critically acclaimed performances of works of Leo Ornstein, Erwin Schulhoff, and others. At Kansas State University, as a student of Dr. Robert Edwards, Ms. Vassilev received a coveted Presser Scholar Award, the Melba C. Budge Fellowship, the Outstanding Performer Award and was winner of the University Concerto Competition.

She holds a master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, graduating in 2001 as a University Graduate Scholar recipient where she studied with Richard Fields and Michael Chertock. Dr. Vassilev was awarded a teaching assistantship in Collaborative Piano at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, receiving her doctoral degree in May 2010 under the direction of Paul Posnak, Ivan Davis, and J.B. Floyd.

An active soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician, she has performed in the Grandin Chamber Music Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio, and performed for tours, outreach programs, workshops, and production rehearsals with the Metropolitan Opera (NY), Glimmerglass Opera (NY), Florida Grand Opera, and Cincinnati Opera. She has been staff accompanist in festivals such as 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.

Locally, she is a frequent soloist with the Hallendale Symphonic Pops Orchestra, the Alhambra Orchestra, the Sugar Pops Orchestra, and the Klezmer Company Orchestra, is adjunct Professor of Piano at Barry University in Miami Shores and piano accompanist for the Second Avenue Jewish Chorale. Dr. Vassilev is founder and artistic director of the Miami Piano Circle, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing quality classical music in unique formats to all audiences [].


"Consistently vital and polished, with a nuanced expressive palette." ~ Miami Herald critic Lawrence Johnson

"Ms. Vassilev lit the reverberant fireworks of Liszt's Funerailles and (the) Etude de Concert with zestful enthusiasm." ~ Manhattan Mercury

"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." ~ Aaron Kula, Director Klezmer Company Orchestra

"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."] ~ Silvana Carletti, Roma Reporter

"Mia is a visonary, who makes things happen." ~ Michael Torke

"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!" ~ Peter P. Fuchs, Conductor : Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra and Sugar Pops Symphonic Pops Orchestra, Composer, Arranger

"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." ~ Gregory Stepanich, music critic, Palm Beach Post, Knight Arts Blog


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Events of 2016-2017 Season

Date Event Location Admission
Feb 13th, 2016 at 6:30p.m. Valentine's Day Concert Coral Gables Museum $35; $25 for Museum members
Feb. 28, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Sugar Pops Orchestra Township Center for the Performing Arts, Coconut Creek, FL -
Feb. 28, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Alahambra Orchestra Pinecrest Gardens $15 adults, $5 kids 6 – 18 years. Age 5 and under FREE
March 6, 2016 at 3:00p.m. KCO Kultur Festival Kaye AuditoriumFlorida Atlantic University -
March 13, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. Klezmer Project Miami 5th Fl. Wimberly Library, Florida Atlantic University Campus, Boca Raton, FL -
May 14, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. Miami Grands New World Center 500 17th St., Miami Beach $40
May 22, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. American Concert with Alhambra String Quartet Coral Gables Museum 285 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL TBA
July 21, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. Teatro di Marcello Tempietto Concert Series Via del Teatro di Marcello, 00186 Roma, Italy -


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