Victoria Vassilenko was born in 1992 in Burgas, Bulgaria. Comes from a family of musicians.
Education: “Lyubomir Pipkov” National School of Music, Sofia (1999-2011). Teachers: Antonina Boneva; prof. Stella Dimitrova-Maystorova
“Queen Sofia” Superior College of Music, Madrid (2011-2015) Teachers: prof. Dmitri Bashkirov (piano); prof. Marta Gulyas (chamber music)
“New Bulgarian University”, Sofia (Bachelor degree)
“Lake of Como” International Piano Academy, Italy (since 2015) Teachers: head prof. William Grant-Naboré
“Queen Elisabeth” Music Chapel, Brussels (since 2016) Teachers: Louis Lortie, Avedis Koyoumdzhian
"Royal Conservatory of Music"", Brussels (Masters degree) Teacher: prof. Boyan Vodenitcharov
Currently a PhD student in "Pantcho Vladigerov" National Music Academy, Sofia (since 2020)
Competition prizes and other awards: Numerous first, second and special prizes from national and international piano competitions in Bulgaria, Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, England, Romania. Second prize winner (first not awarded) of “James Mottram” International Piano Competition, UK (2012); winner of the “George Enescu” International Competition, piano section (Bucharest, Romania 2016); "Les Jeudis du Piano" International Music Festival and Competition (Geneve, Switzerland) - winner of the 2016/2017 concert season; "Golden age" for cultural and art contribution in Bulgaria (2017); "Golden nib" for cultural and art contribution in Bulgaria (2020); first winner of "13 centuries Bulgaria" annual awards (donation campaign for supporting bulgarian talents in science and arts); “Crystal lyre” awards for best young musician (2007) and chamber music group (2011), Sofia. Awards from Her Royal Majesty Queen Sofia for “The most successful student of the year” from the piano class of prof. Bashkirov (2013) and “The most successful chamber music group” (2015) for Elyon Trio (Victoria Vassilenko - piano; Laura Szabo - cello and Mohamed Hiber - violin)
Concerts in important venues, International Music Festivals, orchestras: Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid), Palau de la Música (Barcelona), “Alte Oper” (Frankfurt), “Atheneum” (Bucharest), "Flagey" and "BOZAR" (Brussels), "Teatro de la Maestranza", Sevilla; “Bulgaria” hall (Sofia), solo and chamber music concerts in Austria, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, USA, Slovakia, Spain, Palma de Mallorca, Portugal etc. “Musica Mundi” Chamber Music Festival, Waterloo (2009,2010,2011), “Santander” International Academy and Festival, Spain; “Mozarteum”, Salzburg, "Oberstdorfer Musiksommer", “Young Classics Europe”, Passau; "Klavier-Festival Ruhr", Germany; "LacMus" festival, Tremezzina, “Appolonia”, “March music days”, “Varna summer” music festival; “Sofia music weeks”, “European Music Festival”, “Music days in Balabanov’s house”, “Katya Popova Laureate days” International Music Festival (Bulgaria) and others. Soloist of: Brussels Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Chambre de Wallonie (cond. Franck Braley), Royal Sypmhony Orchestra of Sevilla; Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra (USA), Royal Symphony Orchestra of Liverpool (UK), George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra (Bucharest), Classic FM Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic, orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio, “Sofia soloists” Chamber Orchestra etc.
Foundation scholarships: “Dimitar Berbatov” foundation, “1000 scholarships”, “St.St. Cyril and Methodis”, “Yordan Kamdzhalov” foundation for promising young musicians, “American foundation for Bulgaria”, “Albeniz” and others. Victoria is indebted to Much-net AG (a medium-sized company in Bonn/Germany specialised on the development of financial software and valuation services) for their regular support in the continuation and deepening her musical studies at the „Lago di Como International Piano Academy“, Italy and "Queen Elisabeth" Music Chapel, Waterloo, Belgium.
Recordings and CD releases: “Trio ASISA” chamber music CD with works of J. Brahms and A. Piazzola (Madrid,2012); CD with live and studio recordings, made by the Bulgarian National Radio (works by Fr. Schubert, P. Hindemith, R. Shchedrin), Sofia 2014; CD release with music by Antoine Reicha (project of "Queen Elisabeth" Music Chapel, February 2017). Broadcasts and recordings in Bulgaria, UK, Slovakia, Spain.
Solo and chamber music masterclasses: Dmitri Bashkirov, William Grant Nabore, Stanislav Youdenitch, Malcolm Bilson, Dmitri Alexeev, Michail Voskresensky, Boris Berman, Paul Badura-Scoda, Naum Grubert, Plamena Mangova, Boyan Vodenicharov; chamber music – Andras Schiff, Ferenc Rados, Elena Ashkenazy, Alexander Bondurijansky, Gunter Pichler, Maxim Vengerov, Ivry Gitlis, Franc Helmerson, Gavriel Lipkind, Wen-Sinn Yang and many others.
Teaching experience: Currently Victoria is a piano teacher in the "Pantcho Vladigerov" National Music Academy, Sofia and invited artist and teacher (piano and chamber music) in the "Musica Mundi" chamber music summer course and festival, Waterloo, Belgium (since 2019). Victoria gave masterclasses in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) and Cluj, Romania - as part of the "George Enescu" Festival, 2020).
Victoria is indebted to much-net AG , a medium-sized company in Bonn/Germany specialised on the development of financial software and valuation services, for their regular support in the continuation and deepening her musical studies - currently at the „Lago di Como International Piano Academy“ in Italy and "Queen Elisabeth" Music Chapel, Waterloo, Belgium.