Vivi Vassileva began her musical studies onthe violin, but on hearing a group of folk artists on Karadere beach on the Black Seacoast she was immediately inspired to take up percussion. It was these colourful and exotic Balkanrhythms which moulded her into the multifaceted musician she has become and which continue toinfluence her classically-trained style.
The 2022/23 season sees Vivi Vassileva appear with orchestras such as National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice in concerts at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Philharmonie Berlin, with the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague, the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Beethovenorchester Bonn and Münchner Symphoniker. Chamber music projects take her to Philharmonie Cologne, Tonhalle Düsseldorf and Wiener Konzerthaus amongst others. Vassileva will also appear at important festivals, amongst them Heidelberger Frühling and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.
Selected for the Wiener Konzerthaus’ Great Talent scheme in 2019 and as ‘JungeWilde’ at Dortmund Konzerthaus from 2021/22 for three seasons, Vivi Vassileva has laid the foundations for a major performing career as an artist who will take audiences with heras she explores and pushes the boundaries of the percussion world. Besides her brilliant technique,athleticism and astonishing virtuosity, she brings exceptional musicality and poetic expression toher performances.
Vassileva is passionate about commissioning new works to expand the percussion repertoire, including works by Bushra El-Turk, Claas Krause and Gregor Mayrhofer.Her concerto repertoire includes works by Kalevi Aho, Oriol Cruixent, Tan Dun, Avner Dorman, Friedrich Cerha and Keiko Abe.Admired for her innovative programming style, Vassileva offers new ways for audiences to becomeacquainted with her instruments and her craft, be it in storytelling with renowned Austrian authorMichael Köhlmeier, or pioneering environmental projectswith percussion instruments made from recycled materials. She makes regular performances alongside recital partners including Kian Soltani, Frank Dupree, Pablo Barragán and guitarist LucasCampara Diniz as well as herown percussion ensemble Extasi Ensembleat venues such as Berliner Philharmonie, Snape Maltings and Salzburg Festival.
In 2019, Vassileva signed an exclusive recording contract with Outhere Music France for their AlphaClassics label. Her debut album release Singin’ Rhythm features works by Guillo Espel, EricSammut, Oriol Cruixent and Keiko Abe, most of them premiere recordings, alongside some rarelyheard or premiere arrangements and compositions by Vassileva herself.
Vassileva began her formal training at the age of ten with Claudio Estay and later entered the National YouthOrchestra of Germany as the youngest member. More successes followed including prizes atinternational competitions and two special prizes as the youngest semi-finalist at the prestigious ARDMusicCompetition in 2014. At 16 she was accepted into the Hochschule für Musik und Theater inMunich, where she completed her Bachelor of Music under Raymond Curfs and Peter Sadlo. She iscurrently studying part-time at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg under Martin Grubinger. Shereceived the Kulturkreis Gasteig Musikpreis 2016 for her own composition and arrangement of theBulgarian Folk Song Kalino Mome. In 2017 she was awarded the Bayerische Kunstförderpreis.
Recycling concerto by Gregor A. Mayrhofer with Britten Sinfonia
Sérgio Assad - Tres lendas brasileiras - Boitatá