Victoria Fatu, M.M.

Pianist Victoria Fatu has been recognized internationally for performances of deep musical expression, charismatic temperament and sparkling technique.  She has scored victories in numerous international competitions and has received multiple grants from major foundations. In 1998 she won First Prize at the AMSA World Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Cincinnati (USA), a prize that included a solo recital performance at Carnegie Hall in New York. In 2001 she received grants from both the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation and the Aram Khachaturyan International Scholarship Foundation. She was awarded the Excellence Prize by the President of the Russian Federation in both 2001 and 2002, and in the latter year she also received the „Youth of the Century Award” as Young Classical Musician of the Year. More recently she won Second Prize at the 2007 Young Concert Artists Competition in New York City. In 2009 she received Honorable Mention at the Wideman Piano Competition in Shreveport, LA. In 2011 she became a winner of the Concerto Aria Competition in Kansas City, MO.

Victoria Fatu was born in 1984 in Baku, Azerbaijan. She showed an early interest in the arts, and she began singing at age three, wrote poetry from age four, and started studying the piano at age of eight at the Music Studio School „Young Talents” in Moscow. The following year she entered the Central Special Music School at the Moscow State Conservatory, where she studied for nine years under Elena Rikhter. In 1995, at the age of 10, she performed Mozart’s D-minor Concerto, K. 466, in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, with Vladimir Fedoseev conducting the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra. She continued her studies with Rikhter at the Moscow Conservatory from 2002 to 2008. In 2008-2010 at the International Center for Music at Park University in Missouri, she is pursued graduate studies under Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch. She had later received a Performance Certificate at UMKC Conservatory of music and Dance under Robert Weirich.

In addition to her formal studies, she has taken part in master classes with international artists such as Vladimir Spivakov, John Lill, Cyprien Katsaris, Vladimir Krainev, Marina Mdivani, William Grant Naboré, Joanna McGregor, Christopher Elton, Martino Tirimo, Dang Thai Son and Hae-Sun Paik.
She has performed recitals, chamber music and orchestral applearances in Germany, France, United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, China, Switzerland, Netherlands, Russia, Denmark, Kuwait, Poland, Sweden, Tunisia, Belarus, Ukraine, Estonia, Armenia, Romania. In addition to Spivakov and Fedoseev, she has worked with conductors such as Vladimir Ziva, Dmitri Liss, Valeriy Yarmoshkin and Murad Annamammedov, performing with the Moscow Virtuosi, the Russian National Orchestra, the Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic and the Yaroslavl Philharmonic. She has also performed and taught at international festivals including the Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Gala (France), the Oxford International Piano Festival (UK), the „Russia Engages the World» Festival (USA), the Festival International de Colmar (France), the Russian Seasons in Paris (France) and the International Festival «At Aivazovskiy» (Ukraine).
At international competitions, Fatu won First Prize at the International Competition Festival "The Olympic of Muses" (Russia), the Sviatoslav Richter Prize at the Vladimir Krainev Competition (Ukraine), the Diploma Prize at the Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition (Russia), the Special Prize at the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition (Ukraine), the Laureate of the World Charity Program “New Names,” a scholarship award from the Kansas City Musical Club (USA) and an Alumni Scholarship Sigma Alpha Iota Auditions (Kansas City, MO). Her concerts and competition appearances have been written about in worldwide press.

In 2013 Victoria Fatu was granted a USA Permanent residency status based on her extraordinary abilities and achievents as a piano performer.
Victoria Fatu has appeared on television and radio in numerous countries around the world, and has recorded on CDs and videos. Her name has been added to the “Golden Book of the Russian Federation.” She has also had a career as a jazz singer, and in Music Theater under Russian management. She is currently working as professor of piano and chair of music at West Virginia State University.
Victoria Fatu, M.M.
Instructor - Piano, Chair of Music
Monday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 12:00 pm. - 2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
306 Davis Fine Arts
Phone: (304) 766-5103
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