Saturday, October 8, 2016

Pianist Audrey Vardanega in Recital



Praised as a “[musically] eloquent” (San Francisco Classical Voice) player “with the kind of freedom, authority, and strength…that one expects from the world’s finest pianists” and a “forcefully established…major talent” (The Berkeley Daily Planet), twenty-year-old pianist and composer Audrey Vardanega was born and raised in Oakland, California and began formal piano training with acclaimed pianist Robert Schwartz at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 2002 to 2013. Since then, she has also worked with notable pianists such as Gary Graffman, Alain Planés, Yefim Bronfman, Wojciech Switala, and Richard Goode. Her past primary instructors include former assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic Seymour Lipkin, former Head of Music at the BBC World Service Jeremy Siepmann, and Professor Christopher Elton of London's Royal Academy of Music.

Audrey Vardanega at the Maybeck
Saturday, October 8 2016, 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.


She currently studies with Victor Rosenbaum and Maria Asteriadou in New York City. Vardanega made her debut as a soloist with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra at the age of 11 and became the youngest soloist in the history of the Bay Area's Midsummer Mozart Festival under the baton of the acclaimed Maestro George Cleve in the summer of 2010, appearing again with Maestro Cleve in the summers of 2012 and 2013. In the summer of 2008, Vardanega made her solo recital debut at the age of 12 with IMG Artists’ Festival Del Sole in Napa Valley, California. Since then, she has been featured as a solo recitalist and performer at venues like the Hangzhou Grand Theater, the Hangzhou Conservatory of Music, Herbst Theater, San Francisco’s Old First Concerts Series, the Palace of Legion of Honor, the San Francisco Conservatory, and the Berkeley Hillside Club Concert Series, among others. Vardanega is a senior at Columbia University majoring in Political Science with a focus in International Relations and concentrating in Gender Studies. She is currently writing her Senior Thesis on the politics of Classical performance and is a programmer for WKCR FM NY 89.9.