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Viviana-Zarah is a pianist and has a full scholarship at the Yehudi Menuhin School in London where she studies with Prof. Marcel Baudet. Born in 1999, she started taking lessons at the age of 5 and has won first prizes in many national and international piano competitions such as the 'Bundeswettbewerb Jugend Musiziert' and the ‘Lions Klavierwettbewerb’ in Germany, the 'Concorso Internazionale Mozart' in Italy and the 'Concours International de Piano, Alexandre Scriabine' in Paris. In 2012 she was selected by Lang Lang to perform at his birthday concert in the O2 Arena in Berlin. Further she performed a piano-violin duo with Arabella Steinbacher at the Künstlerhaus in Munich, at the prize winners Gala ‘Sternstunden’ of the Bayerischer Rundfunk, at the Gala Concert of the Bowdoin Music Festival and at the prize winners concert in the Philharmonie of Munich. She had her orchestral debut with the Orchestra of the Bayerischer Rundfunk where she performed Chopin`s 2nd piano concerto in the prestigious Cuvilliés Theater in Munich. Furthermore Hyung-ki Joo is her mentor and teacher. Masterclasses with prestigious teachers such as Prof. Kämmerling, Prof. Yablonskaya and Prof. Boris Slutsky complement her education.

Teachers

Maja Nikolic (September 2004- July 2012),
Städtische Sing- & Musikschule, Munich.

Prof. Massimiliano Mainolfi (September 2012 - July 2015),
Pre-College Dept. of Music, Städtische Sing- & Musikschule, Munich.

Prof. Marcel Baudet (September 2015 - graduating July 2018),
Yehudi Menuhin School, London.

Mariana Izman (September 2015 - 2017),
Deputy Piano Teacher at Yehudi Menuhin School, London.

Prach Boondiskulchok ( September 2015 - 2016),
Assistant Piano Teacher of Yehudi Menuhin School, London.

Hyung-ki Joo (May 2014 - to this day),
Mentor and visiting artist at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Vienna/London.

Masterclasses

Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling (2011)

Prof. Pavel Nersessian (2012)

Prof. Oxana Yablonskaya (2013)

Prof. Boris Slutsky (2014, Bowdoin Music Festival)

Prof. Dominique Merlet (2015 Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum)

Prof. Jerome Rose (2016)

Competitions

1st prize at Jugend Musiziert, Germany (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

1st prize at Lions Piano Competition, Germany (2013)

1st prize at Concorso Città di Piove di Sacco, Italy (2013)

1st prize at Concorso Internazionale Mozart, Italy (2012)

Concerts

Recital with Arabella Steinbacher at the Künstlerhaus in Munich (2011)

Prize winners Gala Sternstunden, Allerheiligen Hofkirche Munich (2012)

Prize winners Gala at the Bayerische Rundfunk, Munich (2012)

`Happy Birthday Lang Lang`, on stage with Lang Lang and Herbie Hancock at the O2 Arena in Berlin (2012)

Closing concert at the Summit Music Festival, New York State (2012)

Prize winners Gala at the Philharmonie in Munich (2014 & 2015)

Solo recitals at Steinway Haus, Munich (2014)

Solo recitals at Gasteig, Carl-Orff Saal in Munich (2014 & 2015)

`Rising Stars of tomorrow‘, Bowdoin Music Festival (2014)

`Showcase Concert`at the Yehudi Menuhin Hall, London (2015, 2016 & 2017)

`Hommage to Yehudi Menuhin` at the Konzerthaus Berlin (2016)

`Hommage to Yehudi Menuhin` in Warsaw (2016)

Recital at Schloss Nymphenburg, Munich (2016)

`Jubiläumskonzert` at the Cuvilliés Theater with the Orchestra of the Bayerische Rundfunk, Munich (2017)

Solo debut at Wigmore Hall in London (Spring 2018)

Blog

My Motivation

For as long as I remember, I’ve always wanted to become a musician. Among all my interests, Music is the one that taught me the most and changed me the most as a person, and it seemed only logical that embracing a career in Music would be the most fulfilling option for me.

I was fortunate enough to live through a few exceptional experiences that only confirmed what was evident from the beginning; that I should become a musician. The first one of such memories occurred when I was 12 years old. I heard an advert on the radio telling about a concert in which Lang Lang and Herbie Hancock would play alongside 50 selected young pianists.