At the heart of the Vladimir Nielsen Piano Festival is the artistic legacy and teaching philosophy of the great twentieth-century pianist Vladimir Nielsen whose life was deeply connected to the musical culture of Russia, especially to the city of St. Petersburg. The Festival provides an opportunity for aspiring and highly talented piano students to pursue intense music studies in a friendly, nurturing, family environment. Watch Expanded Video
Artistic Director Victoria Mushkatkol, a dedicated pupil of Nielsen, describes the Festival's mission as continuing to draw from Nielsen's legacy and from her own many years of experience working with young talented students: to provide students with individual attention based on their needs and level of development, to help them further their creativity and realize their artistic potential. Learn More
Students, Classes, and Performances
During the Festival's four-week inaugural season, we had students from Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, Frankfurt Musicshulle (Germany), Shanghai Conservatory, and Beijing Conservatory (China), Tbilisi Special Music School ( Georgia) among other leading schools from around the world. During this time students received private lessons, master classes, piano ensemble, supervised practice sessions, and weekly classes in music theory and keyboard harmony. Each student participated in weekly concerts, open to the public. The Festival's grand finale was a Gala Concert: "Celebration and Joy of Music Making." Learn More
Vladimir Nielsen, our inspiration...
A great teacher's influence extends throughout many generations. Although his name may not be well known outside the former Soviet Union, professor Vladimir Nielsen left a profound impact on the contemporary music scene, both as a performer and as a pedagogue, who inspired several generations of dedicated and gifted musicians. During his sixty years at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, he taught hundreds of pianists, carrying on the tradition of the famous St. Petersburg Piano School, combining his musical ideas with those of his teacher, the outstanding musician Nadezhda Golubovskaya. Learn More