Viviane "Vivi" Vassileva (Germany)
Born into a Bulgarian family of musicians in 1994, Vivi Vassileva grew up in an ideal environment for a musical career. Her first “percussion” lesson however, was on a secret beach in Bulgaria; inspiration from the passionate local artists who gave Vivi her first contact with colorful and exotic gypsy rhythms, ignited a spark in her playing that has burst into exciting fireworks captivating all her audiences. But before conquering the music world with giant leaps, she began intensive training at the age of ten with internationally renowned musician Claudio Estay, originally from Chile, who undertook teaching her the intricacies of Latin-American rhythms. After winning First Prize at the national competition Jugend Musiziert in Germany in 2007, she became the youngest member of the National Youth Orchestra of Germany at a mere age of 13. At 15, with the help and support of the Bayerischer Rundfunk (the leading German classical music radio station), she recorded her first CD with participation from not only her whole family but also her teacher and good friend Claudio Estay. More successes followed—including prizes at international marimba competitions, in places such as Nuremberg and Paris.
She also proved her talent at the Conservatory of Music and Theatre in Munich when, at the age of 16, she was accepted as a pre-student and started taking percussion lessons from her personal idol and current instructor, Prof. Dr. Peter Sadlo. Vivi Vassileva is a recipient of the scholarships Talent in Bavaria (sponsored by the Robert-Bosch foundation) and the Ingolstadt Music Cultivation Prize (sponsored by Mrs. Elin and Dr. Wilhelm Reissmüller).
All of that would not have been possible without her immense talent and limitless ambitions. Expect to hear of more great news from Vivi before long!