Vladimir Viardo*, piano
On today’s stage of classical music, Vladimir Viardo, through his unique artistry, invites his listeners to participate in and experience moments of lasting musical depth. Committed to his belief that performance must transcend mere entertainment, he seduces his audience with his mastery of the piano, taking them on an extraordinary mythological journey of power, passion and beauty.
Although Viardo represents the “Russian School,” he clearly is not a typical Russian musician, a fact recognized even in his homeland. Born in the Caucasus Mountains near the Black Sea, he studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Lev Naumov. Soon after, vying with sixty-six of the best pianists from twenty-one different countries, Viardo carried off the top prize in the Fourth Quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He now holds the position of Artist-in-Residence at the University of North Texas where he has established the Viardo Fellows Foundation, committed to providing the highest quality musical artist training.