A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, pianist Tatiana Vassilieva is pursuing a diverse career as a vocal coach, chamber musician, and soloist. She currently serves as Principal Coach and Music Administrator of Pacific Opera Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, where this season she will help prepare Otello, Il barbiere di Siviglia, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is also on the music staff of Santa Fe Opera, where over the past two summers she assisted on productions of Salome, Rigoletto, Le rossignol, Impresario, and Carmen. Ms. Vassilieva is a graduate of Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artist Program in Miami, FL, where she coached Roméo et Juliette, La rondine, Cyrano and Don Giovanni. Previously, Ms. Vassilieva has been a member of the music staff at Sarasota Opera, Central City Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera, and worked on productions at Opera Santa Barbara, Edmonton Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Opera North, and Boston University Opera Institute, among others.


Ms. Vassilieva held fellowships in the Vocal Piano Program at Tanglewood Music Center in Lennox, MA, the Collaborative Piano Program at Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA, and participated in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Aldeburgh, UK. She received both a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance and a Master’s degree in piano performance and accompanying from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where she studied in the studios of Jean Barr, Nelita True, and Fernando Laires. While at Eastman, she was a two-time recipient of the “Excellence in Accompanying” Award, and was also recognized with two of the school’s named prizes for accompanying achievements – the Brooks Smith Fellowship and the Barr Award. A passionate art song recitalist, Ms. Vassilieva also won First Prize in Piano in Eastman’s Jessie Kneisel Competition for the Performance of German Lieder in both 2008 and 2009.


Ms. Vassilieva has also distinguished herself as a soloist and has performed concertos with the Rochester Philharmonic, Cornell Chamber, Eastern Festival, and Greece Symphony orchestras. Her other solo performance highlights include a “Rising Stars Recital” at the Eastman Young Artist International Piano Competition and the Eastern Music Festival concert at the Kennedy Center.


Biography last updated 5-Sep-2015